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Maine Decides All Its Registered Libertarian Voters Are No Longer Registered Libertarians

Now the Party needs to register over 5,000 voters to get on the ballot in 2020, even though it already had that many before the state arbitrarily changed their registration.

The state of Maine has decided that all 6,168 of its registered Libertarian voters are now going to be "unenrolled" with any party. Why? Because according to the state's rules, the Libertarian Party was no longer a qualified party with ballot access since it failed to have over 10,000 registered Libertarians vote in this year's election.

In a peculiar twist, see this tweet from Maine's secretary of state:

So, if the Libertarian Party still had all those voters legally registered as Libertarian, as those voters wished to be registered, then the party would already have the over 5,000 registered voters needed by law to be qualified to be on the ballot. I reported back in 2016 on the Maine L.P.'s eventually successful quest to win ballot access via getting that number of registrants.

The Libertarian Party of Maine, as the Independent Political Report notes:

filed a "Declaration of Intent to Form a Party" with the Secretary of State to begin a campaign to reregister existing Libertarians and add to Libertarian registration numbers to maintain ballot access and qualify for the 2020 primary. Julie Flynn, deputy secretary of state, wrote a December 11 letter to Chris Lyons, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine, acknowledging the declaration and clearing the way for the registration effort to begin January 1, 2019....

Previously, the Libertarian Party of Maine had to go to Federal Court to force the Secretary of State to recognize the party in 2016, and the party is currently in the process of taking legal action to keep the state from converting existing registered Libertarians to unenrolled without their permission....

"It's just not right to unenroll voters – never mind doing it without telling them," said Chris Lyons, chairman of the LPME. "It's especially disturbing in these times when more than 60 percent of Americans say they want an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans."

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  • gaoxiaen||

    I think PA did the same thing. Last time I got my driver's license in PA I couldn't register Libertarian. It was D, R, or independent.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Pretty sure it reads D, R or Federal Watch List.

  • Rich||

    A voter may enroll in the Libertarian Party by completing a new Maine Voter Registration Application. The voter must check the box next to "other qualifying party:" and write in "Libertarian" or "Libertarian Party." The Libertarian Party will not be pre-printed on the Maine Voter Registration Application unless it becomes a qualified party. Once a voter has enrolled in the Libertarian Party, the voter must remain in the party for three months before the voter can file an application for either a withdrawal or change in enrollment.

    Emphasis added. That seems unconstitutional on the face of it.

  • Longtobefree||

    What has the constitution got to do with this?
    We're talking voter registration that may not be for the democrats; therefore illegal.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Pretty sure the Constitution leaves voting rules up to the States, so unless the law doesn't apply equally to all citizens/parties or is excluding otherwise legit voters based on race/creed/sex/other protected status, I don't see the issue. Still a shitty rule.

  • Robert Ore||

    How can the voter select "other qualifying party" when the party in which you wish to register is not a qualified party?

  • Velvet Thunder||

    Thanks for covering this! (I'm the one who emailed Hit & Run about it this morning.) Nice to see Reason pays attention to reader feedback...unless you came upon it independently. Either way, glad this issue is receiving attention.

  • Rich||

    H/t Velvet Thunder!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Yeah, the H/T flew the coop like a decade ago.

  • Rich||

    H/t Diane Reynolds (Paul.)!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    the Libertarian Party was no longer a qualified party with ballot access since it failed to have over 10,000 registered Libertarians vote in this year's election.

    Does Katherine Mangu Ward live in Maine?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    To re-enroll in the party, visit your municipal clerk to fill out a new voter registration card.

    Between the hours of 3:45 and 4:15pm on the third Wednesday of the month.

  • Rich||

    Exactly. This is *so* targeted at disenfranchising minorities and poor people!

  • vek||

    Noooo! The progs are obviously trying to disenfranchise wealthy white people who commit the sin of wrong think.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard.

  • Dillinger||

    office closes @3:48

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    FIFTH Wednesday, please. trying to make it easy?

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy want supposed to be a documentary.

  • Zeb||


  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    I guess it's a sign of progress that libertarians scare them this much.

  • JFree||

    No it isn't. Because the reality is that they can suffocate you for a lot longer than you can hold your breath or resist.

  • Dillinger||

    Maine did this 23 seconds after their ridiculous "rate your five favorite cereals" vote system given green light by courts.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I'm shocked, shocked there is gambling going on in this casino.

  • JFree||

    You'd think this would send a loud message to those third party folks who spend their time advocating new voting systems

    Be careful what you ask for - cuz you will get it - right between the eyes

  • Mr. JD||

    Why would a libertarian want to have a party?

  • Dillinger||


  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    So he can cry when he wants to?

  • Hank Phillips||

    To force the Republican Supreme Court to rule for individual rights in Roe v Wade, using fewer than 4000 votes. To this day, Televangelist carpet-biters scribble up Constitutional Amendments to force those Jezebels into labor whether they like it or not. Only a political party wielding the clout of 4 million spoiler votes can whop Mohammedan-style fanatics hard enough to thwart their plans to bring back Comstock laws and vote in Sharia Blue Laws. Individual rights require enforcement against the most determined superstitious madmen. Eternal vigilance is the cost.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Ducking baby murdering enthusiast weirdo.

  • Liberty Lover||

    Can I register as an anarchist?

  • Eddy||

    Just fill out and notarize form AN-666.

  • Dillinger||

    with fire.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Yes, but only through the FBI website.

  • KiwiDude||

    "It's especially disturbing in these times when more than 60 percent of Americans say they want an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans."

    That's why they had to do it

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    "if you like your party, you can keep it"

  • Hank Phillips||

    Raise your hand if you expected the looter partisans of Maine to engage in honest competition. Bethany Baldes way over in Wyoming has clearly scared the clap out of some of these force-initiating parasites. Save those clippings, folks, and bring them to the voters in 23 months.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    You know who else scared the clap out of people?

  • Necron 99||

    And here I've been using penicillin.

  • Olderthandirt-stillkickin||

    Horse feathers...I've been a Libertarian since 1980 and I don't give a toot what the state of Maine sez....

  • vek||

    Well, this sure is even more blatant than usual. They typically at least pretend to be screwing with 3rd parties for semi valid reasons.

  • UncleSam13||

    And yet ranked choice is supposed to save elections.

  • tlapp||

    The establishment parties strike again. The duopoly will not give up its hold easily.

  • Azathoth!!||

    What's that old saying ?

    Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas.

    Reason was all for Maine's election shenanigans when it was screwing the GOP---even though we told you that they'd come for you.

    And they did.

    This isn't about empowering third parties--it's about disguising their push for one Party.

    And you helped! Thanks Reason.

  • Backwoods Solar||

    Yes, televangelist carpet-biters scribble up Constitutional Amendments to force those Jezebels into labor whether they like it.


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