Tuesday, November 20, 2018

South Dakota Libertarian Party Is Still on Ballot

Ballot Access News

South Dakota’s definition of “political party” is in section 12-1-3(12). It says, “‘Political party’, beginning with the 2014 general election and each general election thereafter, a party whose candidate for any statewide office received at least 2.5% of the total votes cast for that statewide office in either of the two previous general election cycles.”

The Libertarian Party did not poll as much as 2.5% of the vote for either of its statewide nominees in 2018. However, in 2016, it polled 5.63% for its slate of presidential elector candidates. Therefore, it should be considered on the ballot for 2020, because the law allows a party two elections after it passes the vote test, which it did in 2016. 
UPDATE: an earlier version of the post said the Secretary of State hadn’t weighed in, but now the Secretary of State has e-mailed that she agrees and the Libertarian Party is on the 2020 ballot. Thanks to Lori Stacey for help with this.

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