Arizona Republicans Target Libertarian Candidates

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Arizona Republicans pushed through legislation this week that will make it extremely difficult if not impossible for Libertarian and other third party candidates to qualify for ballot access.

In the past, third party candidates had to collect a percentage of signatures from people registered in their respective party. With the new changes they are now required to collect so many signatures that the requirement often outnumbers the number of people registered Libertarian or Green or whatever in a district.

Republicans say the measure is needed to combat scenarios were Republicans lose to Democrats by a few thousand votes.  They’re still upset that Jonathan Paton lost to Ann Kirkpatrick in the CD1 Congressional race last year. Republicans insist that all the votes that went to the Libertarian candidate would have gone to Paton (a complete MYTH).

No voter who voted for the Libertarian candidate was forced to do so. If Republicans think their candidates are so weak that simply having other names on the ballot will drain GOP votes then maybe they should run better candidates.

This new state law is just as bad as “Top Two” and any other piece of legislation that limits ballot access and voter choice. It essentially tells YOU that you’re too stupid to mark the correct box on your ballot so they’ll do it for you.

Republicans who support this new law say they lose elections because Libertarians steal their votes. Maybe the real truth is that they lose elections because they’re corrupt and will cheat and scheme every chance they get and people are sick and tired of their dirty tricks.

6-20-2013 UPDATE:

I have put a lot of thought into this over the past 24 hours and I believe this will backfire on Republicans. Libertarians are determined to get ballot access and in the process they now have to reach out to thousands of Independents to ask for signatures.  They will turn it into a giant Libertarian outreach program and Libertarian candidates will benefit.

Also, according to Capital Media Services this change was pushed by the National Republican Party. Libertarians nationwide are furious and they will take that anger out on Republican candidates.

Lastly, I have heard that this is the last straw for some Republicans with a conscience and they are leaving the Republican Party and registering Libertarian.

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  1. Sue
    June 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    More reason to vote third party.

    • June 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      And more reason to work hard to make sure more options are on the ballot. This is just wrong and Republicans will pay for this.

  2. June 20, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I have put a lot of thought into this over the past 24 hours. I believe this will backfire on Republicans. Libertarians are determined to get ballot access and in the process they now have to reach out to thousands of Independents to ask for signatures. It will be turned into a giant Libertarian outreach program and Libertarian candidates will get even more votes.

  3. Matt Papke
    June 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    pathetic attempt at strong arming. force does not win.

  4. June 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Remember when we got Frank Mulligan on the ballot as a Libertarian because the Republicans were too lazy to run candidates in our district? This new law will make that kind of action almost impossible to accomplish.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Mulligan/123905694306316

  5. Sam Adams
    June 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Here’s your choice: paper or plastic. Now get back to work and pay your taxes!

  6. Slim
    June 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    And still, all the more reason to have constitutionalist candidates takeover the R party.

  7. August 7, 2013 at 12:43 am

    You tell it, sister!

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