Libertarian Party Cheers Jump in Party Membership as Other Parties Dip

The Libertarian Party reported today that national party registration has increased by 11.4 percent since 2012 as registration for all other parties has decreased.


Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News, which analyzes the attempts of minority parties to get on the ballot, studied the 30 states and the District of Columbia allowing voters to mark party affiliation with their registration.

Within these states, Winger found that there were 368,561 registered Libertarians in March 2014 compared to 330,811 in November 2012.

Libertarians got the most votes in a presidential election in 2012, with 1,275,951 ballots cast for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

“I think it’s great that Libertarian registration is increasing throughout America, while the Democrats and Republicans have been shrinking,” Libertarian Party Chairman Geoffrey Neale said in a statement. “Maybe it’s our across-the-board message of ‘more freedom, less government.'”

The party said that the states with the largest percent increases were Idaho (161% increase), Wyoming (68% increase), Nebraska (55% increase), and Louisiana (33% increase).


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