Libertarians did not "split the ticket" in 2018

Nov 15, 2018
Libertarian ballot

For the first time in twenty years, Libertarians had their own party column on New Hampshire ballots in 2018. Since Democrats took the New Hampshire House and Senate in 2018, it begs the question: did Libertarians "split the ticket" and steal Republican votes in 2018?

The answer seems to be "nope."

Libertarian participation in the 2018 midterm

Libertarians ran in 27 state districts in the general election this year.

Representatives switch parties

Apr 24, 2017
Caleb Dyer and Mariellen MacKay switch political parties

Last week state Representative Mariellen MacKay of Nashua switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

MacKay is not the first representative to switch parties this session. In February, Rep. Robert Theberge also changed parties from Democrat to Republican. The same month, Rep. Caleb Dyer from Hudson switched his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian. 

Currently, there is no state law that bans a representative from changing their political party while in office, and the issue is not addressed in either the House or Senate rules.

Judge rules against 3rd parties

Aug 28, 2015

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a New Hampshire law that creates a time limit for third parties, such as the Libertarian Party, to get on the ballot.

Third party candidates have to collect signatures to get on the ballot with Democrats and Republicans. A relatively new Granite State law requires that third parties collect the required signatures within the year of election.

In the past the Libertarian Party started collecting signatures more than a year in advance.

Free State churches in court

Jul 29, 2015

At least two New Hampshire groups affiliated with the Free State Project are fighting in state courts to be recognized as tax-exempt churches.

The Shire Free Church in Keene and the Church of the Sword in Westmoreland are both interfaith groups founded by liberty activists. They argue that they qualify as tax-exempt churches because they teach a moral philosophy and give back to the town through community service.

12th annual "PorcFest" for Free Staters

Jun 22, 2015

From June 21 through June 28, roughly 1,500 Libertarians and friends will gather in Lancaster, New Hampshire for the annual Porcupine Freedom Festival.

"PorcFest," organized by the Free State Project, is a combination of seminars, parties, outdoor recreation, and vendors meant to highlight what New Hampshire has to offer libertarian-minded individuals.

Libertarian lawsuit moves forward

Jan 02, 2015

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of the Libertarian Party, is suing New Hampshire over new regulations to get on the ballot.  This week a judge denied Secretary of State Bill Gardner's request to dismiss the case.

Third-party candidates have to collect signatures to get on the ballot with Democrats and Republicans.  In May Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill that requires third-party candidates to collect the required signatures within the year of election. 

In the past the Libertarian Party started collecting signatures more than a year in advance.

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