Rodger Paxton, Chair of the Arkansas Libertarian Party, rushing from a meeting to his hotel says politely in an interview with the Arkansas Free Press that they only need 10,000 signatures to do that.
“You need 1,000 signatures for the president to get access to the ballot and 10,000 signatures for candidates across the board,” Paxton said. “Doing that makes you a political party in the eyes of the state and you can then run candidates in whatever office you choose.”
On a national level, Paxton says they are also trying to get ballot access in all 50 states. They first attempted that in 2000. “Now, we are trying to do that again,” he said. “Ballot access is our number one goal. Then, we will look for quality candidates. We will probably not have a full slate this first cycle.”
For those new to the Libertarian Party, heir tagline is: “Minimum Government, Fiscally Responsible and Socially Tolerant.”
“The Libertarian Party is the third largest in the country,” Paxton said. “We are ranked according to how much money we raise and the number of votes we receive. We are the third party in every metric.”
Overall, Paxton says, they are an organization that believes in “giving a hand up and not a hand out.” He says Republicans like to administer morality. “That is not what we are about.”
Those interesting in learning more about the Libertarian Party should visit their website at LPAR.ORG
The one message Paxton says he would like to get across the most to voters is that, “If you keep electing the same people, you are not going to get different results. It doesn’t matter if it is a democrat or a republican, the problems continue. If people want an alternative to that, the libertarian party is there.”