Yesterday, the Louisiana Libertarian Party became a qualified party in that state. Under a law passed in 2004, any unqualified party that has at least 1,000 registered members, and which pays a one-time fee of $1,000, becomes a qualified party.
The Reform Party also has over 1,000 registered members in Louisiana, but it hasn’t paid its $1,000 fee yet. The Green Party is working to get its registration up to 1,000, and has about 900 now.
Being a qualified political party in Louisiana means that when members of the party run for public office, their party name is printed on the ballot next to their name. Louisiana prints party labels for all candidates for president. But for all other office, no party label is printed next to a candidate’s name, unless he or she is a member of a qualified party.