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Friday, May 23, 2014

DC Libertarians remain fastest growing party

Ten to twenty new people had been registering as Libertarians every month since it became legal to do so after November 2012 and new voter registration forms were created in March 2013 several months after we won ballot status.

But in April there was an uptick, with 46 new Libertarian registrants, for a growth rate of over 19% in one month.

Bruce Majors, Libertarian candidate for Mayor, attributes this in part to canvassing and events and publicity for the Libertarian slate of 8 candidates running for most of the open races in DC.

The other parties with ballot status, Democrats, Republicans and Greens, actually lost registered voters in 2013, in part because of the continual departure of voters for no party/independent status, and in part because of a massive voter roll cleaning by the Board of Elections in June 2013, which eliminated 65,000 "voters" who were deceased or had moved to other states, a figure around 10% of the total DC population.

The DC Green Party has 4 candidates, the DC GOP 2 candidates, and the DC Democrats are running a full slate.  Libertarians have created a state central committee that can appoint candidates even though primaries are over.  Libertarians are still recruiting for Wards 1 and 5 city council seats and for school board and advisory neighborhood commission races.  

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