Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Evan Smith
Washington’s Libertarian Party appears to have lost out on qualifying for major-political-party status because too many people voted for Mickey Mouse or wrote in another name on the November presidential-election ballot.
I reported Wednesday that Libertarians had qualified for major-party status because their presidential candidate had slightly exceeded the 5 percent threshold for major-party status.
However, the Secretary of State now reports that the Libertarians fell short because they needed 5 percent of a larger number.
The secretary of state’s web site shows Libertarian Gary Johnson with 5.01 percent of statewide votes for president, but that's 5.01 percent of the 3.21 million votes for the seven candidates on Washington ballots.
Major-party status would have meant a vote for Libertarian precinct committee officers and a Libertarian section on presidential-primary ballots.