Third Party

The Libertarian Party will remain on the ballot in Indiana until at least 2022, while the Green Party fell short of the required threshold.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Libertarian Senate candidate Lucy Brenton now has 4 percent, or 91,032 votes.

Libertarian U.S. House District 6 candidate Tom Ferkinhoff received 3.3 percent, or 8,027 votes.

Libertarian Indiana Auditor candidate John Schick received 3.5 percent, or 76,960 votes.

One of five candidates running for Secretary of State, Mark Rutherford garnered 3.2 percent, or 71,163 votes.

This results ensured ballot access for the Libertarian Party for another four years, since the minimum is 2 percent.

If a minor party received at least 2 percent, but less than 10 percent of the vote cast for Indiana Secretary of State at the last election held for the office, the party may nominate candidates for the general election by conducting a state, county or municipal convention. The Libertarian Party falls into this category of “minor party” based on the 2014 election results.

Several other Libertarian candidates down the ballot emerged victorious, according to a Thursday press release. Jamie Jo Owens won the election of Liberty Township Trustee, and Terry L. Coffman won election to the Liberty Township Board, in Henry County. Cheryl Heacox won re-election to the Clay Township Board in Wayne County. Dean Hartley won the election for Franklin Township Board in Montgomery County.

For the Green Party, though, getting onto the ballot continues to be a struggle.

Like Rutherford, Green Party candidate George W. Wolfe ran for Indiana Secretary of State.Unlike Rutherford, Wolfe did so as a write-in candidate.

According to the 2018 Indiana Candidate Guide, a minor party (other than the Libertarian Party), or independent candidate in Indiana is nominated for placement on the general election ballot by petition of nomination.

The candidate must collect signatures of registered voters in the election district that total at least 2 percent of the total votes cast in the 2014 Secretary of State’s race in the election district the candidate wishes to represent to have their name printed on the ballot.

Wolfe did not meet that threshold on Tuesday.

However, in a Friday statement to NUVO, Greg Ellcessor, Wolfe's volunteer campaign manager, made it clear their struggle for ballot access will continue.

“Considering the Indiana Green Party hasn't fielded a statewide candidate in over 10 years and only raising $5,000, I think we did pretty good,” he stated. “You can be sure we have plans to run someone statewide again in 2020.”

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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