Tenn. Libertarian Party Is Tired Of Getting Hosed By Election Rules, Files Suit

Election worker Ramona Ortiz places a sign outside a polling station at Fire Station 3 on E. Rio Grande Ave in El Paso, Texas, just before polls open on Nov. 8, 2022. Next year is shaping up to be another busy for state legislatures seeking to change voting laws. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  • The Libertarian Party of Tennessee sued the state, claiming that a law requiring its candidates to get more than 40,000 signatures in order to be listed on general election ballots is “unduly burdensome.”
  • Per state law, third-party candidates seeking to be listed on general election ballots as members of their party (rather than being listed as Independents) must capture signatures equal to 2.5 percent of the number of votes cast for all gubernatorial candidates in the most recent election for governor.
  • For the upcoming election cycle, Libertarians and other third parties must record 43,000 signatures. The Libertarian Party says that garnering that many signatures will be impossible.
  • Republicans and Democrats, meanwhile, only need 25 signatures to gain ballot access.