National LP registration up 8.3% over the last 7 months, more than all other political parties together.
Posted by Jeremy Hussey January 16th, 2015 11:02 PM
Between March and October 2014, Libertarian voter registration rose by 8.3 percent.
Voter registration as a whole rose only 1.4 percent nationwide during the same period. Independent and miscellaneous registrations rose 2.7 percent. Democratic registration only rose 0.7 percent. Republican registration rose 1.0 percent. Green Party registration rose 2.1 percent.
This comes on top of an 11.4 percent increase in Libertarian registrations during the prior 16 months. During that period, voter registration in all other nationally organized parties declined.
“This is more evidence that mainstream political opinions are converging with the views that the Libertarian Party has been espousing since its founding,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee.
Record top-of-ticket votes in midterms, despite poor turnout.
Posted by Jeremy Hussey January 16th 2015 11:10 PM
Based on preliminary vote returns, Libertarians running on the toip of the ticket on their respective ballots may top 1,500,000 votes. This would make the Libertarian Party first party in history of the United States, asides from the Democrats and Republicans, to receive more than 1,500,000 top-of-ticket votes in a midterm.
Top-of-ticket votes include the votes for governor in states where the office is up for election. Where it’s not, votes for U.S. Senate are counted. Where neither office is on the ballot, whatever office takes the top spot on the ballot is counted.
The positive result came in spite of the fact that, overall, alternative party and independent vote percentages for offices at the top of ticket in 2014 were only 4.4 percent of the vote, down from every other midterm election in the past 20 years.
This decline is attributed primarily to the “top two” voting systems now in place in Washington and California according to ballot access news. California and Washington together make up one-eighth of the nation, and neither had top-of-ticket candidates for alternative parties.
Overall voter turnout was also down nationwide in 2014. Only 36 percent of the voting eligible population cast a ballot, according to early projections by the United States Election Project. The lowest level of any election cycle since World War II.
The Libertarian Party’s top-of-ticket votes overcame both of these vote depressing phenomena, another sign that the LP is gaining huge momentum.