The Ohio Libertarian Party has officially regained “small party” status in the state.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says the libertarians submitted over 60,000 valid signatures … more than necessary to get their party’s name on the ballot with their candidates. The party lost that status in 2014 when lawmakers changed the rules to make it more difficult for smaller parties to appear in front of voters – opponents said they did so to increase John Kasich’s chances of re-election. The libertarian candidate for governor that year was banned from office for invalid petitions. To maintain the party’s status for the 2020 presidential election, libertarian gubernatorial candidate Travis Irvine must get three percent of the statewide vote in November.