If there’s one thing that the Democrats and Republicans agree on, it’s that your only choice on Election Day should be between Democrats and Republicans. That’s why the New Jersey Legislature has stacked the election law deck to make it as difficult as possible for an established, growing party like the New Jersey Libertarian Party compete for your vote.
The candidates selected by the Democratic and Republican parties for any office are automatically placed on the ballot. In contrast, the Libertarian Party must meet a 10% vote threshold to qualify for ballot access. (The median vote threshold in the U.S. is 2%). The last third party to meet the 10% vote threshold was over 100 years ago. As a result, the Libertarian Party must devote time and resources to collecting signatures on petitions to get our candidates on the ballot. Once we’ve collected the required number of signatures (in fact, we collect more), the two major parties then engage in frivolous court challenges in an attempt to prevent you from having a third choice.
But even that’s not enough for them. The Democrats and Republicans further stack the deck by giving themselves the prized Column A and Column B positions on the ballot, leaving the Libertarian Party candidate in Column C or beyond. They know people are fed up with both major parties, and they are desperate to deny you any other alternative.
For the 2016 election, it’s too late to urge your state representatives to level the election law playing field. But you can show your support for fair election laws in November by voting for the Libertarian Party candidate for President, along with any Libertarian Party candidates for Congress, County, or Local offices that appear on your ballot.
The NJ Libertarian Party was founded in 1972. Our vision is for a world in which all individuals have the right to exercise sole control over their lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the rights of others to live as they choose. Our goal is to build a political party that elects Libertarians to public office and moves public policy in a libertarian direction.
NJ Libertarian Party Chair