Virginia State Board of Elections Validates Libertarian Gubernatorial Petition

The Virginia State Board of Elections says the petition for Cliff Hyra, Libertarian nominee for Governor, is valid. He will be the only choice on the November 2017 ballot other than the Republican and Democratic nominees. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news.

The other statewide minor party petition that is being validated now is the Arkansas Libertarian petition for 2018. The state will have finished checking that petition in early July.


Virginia State Board of Elections Validates Libertarian Gubernatorial Petition — 4 Comments

  1. Richard,

    I really appreciate you posting this. I had read about this on some social media sites, but I hadn’t seen any other confirmation of this, particularly, a statement on the Virginia State Board of Elections Website that confirms this. Do you know whether there is a link to this information from the state BOE?

    I had read that they submitted over 16K signatures. The requirement is 10K. I am curious as to how many were actually valid, but perhaps that detail isn’t reported. Virginia is unique in one respect. As much as I can tell, most states that have signature requirements require the same number of signatures for President as they do for other statewide offices (governor, senator, etc). Virginia only requires 5K signatures for President, but 10K for any other statewide office. Unless Hyra’s vote total is large enough to qualify the Libertarian party as an official party, their candidate for senator next year will also have to get 10K signatures.

  2. Virginia State Board of Elections recently lets petitioning candidates submit signatures on a flow basis, and the board starts validating them very soon after they receive them. So the Hyra campaign has known for some time that it had 10,000 valid. What took longer was checking to fulfill the US House distribution requirement.

    There are some other states in which the presidential number of signatures is different than the number for other statewide office (either for independents, or new parties): Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington.

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