Alabama voters to have Libertarian option on Nov. 3
(Image source: Veripoll) GREENVILLE, S.C.— The Alabama secretary of state on Wednesday certified the Libertarian Party’s (LP) presidential and vice-presidential ticket of Dr. Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen to appear on the Alabama ballot on Nov. 3.
Alabama is the forty-fourth state to approve 2020 ballot access for Jorgensen–Cohen, whose platform calls for easing restrictions on small business, bringing the troops home from overseas, ending the drug prohibition, and reverting to a truly free market in health care.
“Thank you for this fantastic news!” e-mailed LP Alabama Chair Laura Lane to Alabama’s Director of Elections’ Deputy Chief of Staff Clay Helms, in response to his confirming that “Jo [Jorgensen] and Jeremy ‘Spike’ Cohen have met the signature requirement for the 2020 General Election.”
The ticket will appear on Nov. 3 ballots not with their Libertarian Party affiliation but as “independent” candidates. Alabama has notoriously arduous ballot-access requirements; the last time an alternative party qualified for the ballot there was in 2002. Nationwide, social-distancing requirements prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic have made gathering signatures particularly challenging during this election cycle.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication!” Dr. Jorgensen expressed to Alabama petitioners, adding, “This year’s successful petitioning process has revealed that there are many voters ready to throw off the shackles of the dominant parties’ big-government policies, and instead advocate enthusiastically for their own freedom and prosperity, for real change for real people.”
In Virginia, petitioners await the results of their efforts after turning in their signatures on Thursday, and in the five remaining states, collection efforts continue.
The Libertarian presidential ticket expects to achieve 50-state (plus D.C.) ballot access this year, allowing every voter in America to cast their ballot for greater individual freedom and dramatic cuts to the size of government.