The Libertarian Party of Tennessee is working on ballot access for 2018 and beyond. Allowing Libertarian candidates to be labeled as “Libertarians” instead of “independents” will give voters more information on Election Day.
BALLOT ACCESS REQUIREMENTS:
The law requires an alternative political party to submit petitions bearing the number of signatures equal to 2.5% of the votes cast in the last election for governor. Based on the 2014 election for governor, the number of signatures required for the Libertarian Party to be recognized in Tennessee is 33,844 VALID signatures of registered voters in Tennessee.
Generally, petition drives collect twice the number of required signatures to ensure they have the required number of signatures after invalid signatures are excluded. We want to collect 67,688 total signatures.
RULES FOR GATHERING SIGNATURES:
You should download and use this petition. They were authorized by attorneys in the Secretary of State’s office. You should only collect signatures from ONE county on each page.
Since we need to collect 33,844 VALID signatures please ensure to ask each signee, “Are you registered to vote in [x] county?” . To be valid, all the information on the petition must match the information in the voter’s voter registration record. In addition, we ask that all the spaces on a petition page are filled out completely. While we appreciate every signature collected. We really need fully completed forms to reach our goal. Here is a resource for tips on collect signatures.
Please mail completed petitions to:
113 Big Springs Circle
Cookeville, TN 38501
Please call 615-922-8200 if you have any questions. Thank you for your work to advance liberty!