Ballot Access

The year is 2012. Gary Johnson is making his first Libertarian presidential run. The spotlight is shining on Libertarians like it really hasn’t before, due to heightened awareness and also the hard work of several candidates’ campaigns. Arizona Libertarian candidates garnered enough of the vote in 2 key races to exceed the spread between Republican and Democrat totals. The results were 2 losses for the Republicans.  Their sour grapes grumble is to blame Libertarians, casting us as unqualified interlopers that, had we not been there (on the ballot) surely those votes would have gone to the Republican candidates ensuring their victories.

Fast forward to 2015. Republicans are pushing a bill to change candidate signature requirements. This is not the first attempt. In 2013, a previous bill that increased third party signature requirements was repealed after a successful veto referendum.

HB2608, by changing who can sign a Libertarian candidate nomination petition, significantly increased the minimum number of signatures required for all offices. For governor this increase was more than 2200% to 3023. (* The actual number of signatures required for the 2018 cycle will not be released until this March.)

Signed by Governor Ducey, the bill is an admitted attempt to keep Libertarians off the ballot, keep them from “siphoning off” votes from Republican candidates and make it easier for Republicans to win.  

HB2608 did more than up Libertarian signature requirements by 22 times, it also changed laws making it harder to get voter backed referendums on the ballot as well and quintupled individual donor limits. This is all designed to favor the Republicans and extinguish 3rd party, particularly Libertarian candidates.

With no chance of a second referendum coming to the rescue, The AZLP filed a suit against the Secretary of State but lost.

In 2016, other than Gary Johnson, Arizona Libertarians were left out of the general election.

This is not what the voting public wants. Poll after poll shows that people are looking for a third party option on the ballot.

The Libertarian Party is growing, while the Democrat and Republican parties are both withering, their members leaving to become registered independents, the largest body of registered voters in Arizona. But Independents have an even tougher time getting on the ballot with minimum signature requirements 2.5 to 5 times higher than the major parties and with no organization to support their efforts. Yes Independents have also been effectively cast off the ballot.

ALL of this is an effort to keep your choices on the ballot L I M I T E D.

However, if we stand together, we can send a clear message to the Republicans and Democrats. This year Libertarians can collect 100% of their signatures online. It takes less than 5 minutes and will help our candidates spread the Libertarian Party message.

Please CLICK HERE to sign our petitions.

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  • New Wave Libertarian
    So the AZLP opted not to hold a Libertarian presidential primary, right?
  • Jordan Dale
    Any information on Greg Puch or Lucas Ormand? I cannot find anything out about those candidates online.
  • Peter Ëhlert
    stupid software!!!
    email sent to Arizona Libertarian Party Secretary at AZLP dot org
    you kids need to do something with your web design, and someone to spent 20 minutes to proof it too!
  • Peter Ëhlert
    Greg Puch: Thanks for your reply.
    I copied my post and sent via email to Arizona Libertarian Party
    this is Part of the response:
    “I do not recognize either of those names. I looked in the my DBase and neither are registered Libertarians.”
    Jeff Daniels
    AZLP Secretary

    Now, what do you suggest?
    Peter Ehlert
  • Gregory Puch
    Selecting “Petition” I signed in with my Expired driver’s license number and Former address*
    got the 2020 regular election petition menu and the only options are

    US Sen: Mark Overton or Greg Puch ( Greg, thats me)
    Corp Comm: Lucas Ormand

    are any of them libertarian?… I am
    I exited without “signing” any…. sorry to hear that

    *BTW: I am Absentee… there is no option to select Absentee…..I dont think that matters

    This make me very suspicious…It may just be that the webpage is underused in favor of twitter or facebook, I dont honestly know
    6 months I asked for Absentee assistance and No Response… Try the facebook page maybe
    Is the Libertarian Party in Az dead? I dont think so. I hope not. I need Arizona Libertarians to endorse me if im understanding correctly
  • Peter Ëhlert
    Good Morning:
    I followed the link to E-Qual and get 2 options
    Donate (where would my donation go, the State of Arizona?)
    or Sign a petition.

    Selecting “Petition” I signed in with my Expired driver’s license number and Former address*
    got the 2020 regular election petition menu and the only options are

    US Sen: Mark Overton or Greg Puch
    Corp Comm: Lucas Ormand

    are any of them libertarian?
    I exited without “signing” any

    *BTW: I am Absentee… there is no option to select Absentee.

    This make me very suspicious…
    6 months I asked for Absentee assistance and No Response…
    Is the Libertarian Party in Az dead?
  • Gregory Puch
    I am currently looking into giving you all a candidate you can endorse in the 2020 special election for Senate in AZ
  • Chris Campbell
    I clicked on the link to sign petitions for the Libertarian candidates and the site informed me that “I have no candidate petitions available for signature”. Not sure if this is the state continuing their attacks on LP candidates, but it’s not allowing me the option to sign.
  • Peter Ëhlert
    Can you help with absentee ballots? I am entitled to vote in Prescott Valley.