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Libertarian Party of Arkansas Sues State Over Early Primary

Says Unfair to Third Parties and Independents

For Immediate Release-October 14, 2015

Location-Little Rock, AR

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas Western Division, and will be seeking immediate injunctive relief to allow for more time to nominate candidates for the 2016 election cycle.

LPAR Chair Michael Pakko stated "The deadline to register our candidates has been moved twice in recent years.  In 2013 it was moved from May to February, and during this year's special legislative session it was moved from February to November (one full year before the general election).  The two other political parties are making us select our final candidates just when their selection process is just getting underway – all so they can have their early primary." 

The party will be represented by attorney James Linger, who is confident about the prospects of the case.  “It is hard for me to understand what compelling state interest Arkansas would have in having the nominees of minor parties chosen so far in advance of the general election and significantly earlier than the date for picking the nominees of the major parties.”

The LPAR completed its ballot access drive in June, becoming a new political party for the third time in the last six years.  To achieve this, the party was required to gather the signature of 10,000 registered voters in Arkansas.  In order to maintain their ballot status, the Libertarian candidate for President must receive three percent of the popular vote in the November 2016 General Election.  


LPAR Secretary William Brackeen said "It is inherently unfair that their final slate of candidates must be in place before the two major parties even start their process."


The party will hold a Special Nominating Convention on October 24, 2015 at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock beginning at 9 a.m.  Candidates will be nominated to run on the Libertarian ticket for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate, State House of Representatives, and many local races. 

For media availability contact Secretary, William Brackeen at 501-581-3113 or email at secretary@lpar.org.

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