INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) – He only got a little more than three percent of the statewide vote, but in one very important way, it was a big “win.”
Mark Rutherford ran on the Libertarian ticket for Indiana Secretary of State, and while he finished far behind the major party candidates, his showing ensures that Libertarians will continue to receive ballot access in the Hoosier State.
For a party nominee to appear on the ballot automatically, its representative must have polled at two percent (or more) in the race for Secretary of State in the most recent election. If the threshold is met, the party is recognized by the State.
Indiana recognized the Republican Party, Democratic Part and Libertarian Party.
Ballot access is more difficult for any other political party. The Indiana Green Party, for instance, was unable to collect the 30,000 signatures to get its candidate on the ballot.
Rutherford’s showing means Libertarian candidates for a wide range of political offices will be featured on the ballot for the near future.
Incumbent Connie Lawson, a Republican, won the 2018 election with 56.8 percent of the vote. Democrat Jim Harper earned 40 percent, and Rutherford 3.2 percent.