June 24, 2021 – Little Rock, Arkansas
On Monday, June 28, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas will deliver a petition to the Secretary of State seeking to form a “new political party” for the 2022 elections. This will be the sixth electoral cycle that the Libertarian Party has sought that status.
Members of the Libertarian Party will meet on the Capitol steps at 10:00 AM, with an opportunity for the press to interact with Libertarian Party leaders about plans for 2022. The petition, with over 14,000 signatures, will then be delivered to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office.
The petition is being presented in the context of an ongoing federal lawsuit challenging the Arkansas legislature’s 2019 action to make it more difficult for political parties to gain ballot access. Under a court-ordered injunction and a stipulation agreed to by both sides in the lawsuit, the Libertarian Party is required to submit 10,000 valid signatures to become a political party for the 2022 elections.