Why 5% matters to Gary Johnson

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Why 5% matters to Gary Johnson
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Gary Johnson’s latest ad is asking voters to “cast a protest vote that counts” by helping reach him 5 percent of the popular vote.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS7vCRlDC6A?rel=0]

The Johnson’s campaign says, “5 percent of the votes ends the two-party abuse and allows Libertarian candidates equal ballot access and federal funding. ”

This not exactly accurate.

Winning 5 percent of the popular vote will not give the Libertarian candidate direct ballot access in all 50 states in the next election, as the ad insinuates. States control the election processes, and each of them have different rules regarding the requirements to have a third party candidate’s name on the ballot.

These state requirements will have to be met again in the next election, regardless of Gary Johnson’s results this year. However, as Johnson is already on the ballot in 48 states and a write-in on another (Oklahoma is the only state excluding him from the ballot), the financial rewards reaped from reaching 5 percent will most likely allow him to access the ballot in all fifty states in the next election cycle.

For many third party candidates, resources, in both time and money, prevent them from appearing on a majority of ballots. Third party candidate Ross Perot, one of the most well known third party candidates, was on the ballot in 50 states in 1992 and 1996 because he was a billionaire who had enough resources to meet all the requirements.

In terms of financing, 5 percent will radically change the Libertarian candidate’s hand in the next election. Indeed 5 percent is the milestone set by the Federal Election Commission to be eligible for the Presidential Election Campaign Fund’s grant. The amount of public funding available to the minor party candidate is based on the the ratio of the party’s popular vote in the preceding presidential election to the average popular vote of the two major party candidates in that election.

If the libertarian candidate in the 2008 election had received 5 percent of the vote, Gary Johnson would have received approximately $9.5 million from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. As of today, Governor Johnson has raised $2.3 million for his campaign, more than three times less than what he would have started with. If he had the additional grant money, he could have been on the ballot in every state, and would have been able to pursue a larger scale campaign.

By reaching 5 percent of the popular vote, Gary Johnson will secure approximately $10 million for the Libertarian candidate in the 2016 election. For a third party candidate, this is significant and justifies Gary Johnson’s recent quest to give him five.

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  1. Jack P.baggelaar Vote for Romney.he is the only person with any business and common sense.Obama has only stupid professors with no business experience.he Wants to ruin our economy and then we will all be on food stamps.
  2. Victor Marinelli wow, what part of "Independent" don't you partisan nut-jobs understand?
  3. Nona Eggerman- Windus @peggy. We do not need Romney for 4 years or at all ! What we so need is a person who cares more about his country than his bank account.
  4. Jerry Kosch To all of you people who say this election is to important to vote for anyone but a republican or a democrat, and you can vote third party next time. This is an asinine excuse, there will NEVER be a next time because every election will be "the most important election of our lifetimes." I'm voting for Gary Johnson this time, so that the general voting public will see that there is a real choice.
  5. Paul Yankowskas @Glen Matthew Clifton - Dr. Stein is not on the ballot in New Hampshire.
  6. Lana Gail Osborne Dearing Absolutely
  7. Kevin Driscoll Do you really think Voting for the Lesser Evil Works? Look at what its got us. . .NEVER ENDING WAR, CRONY CAPITALISM, AND LESS FREEDOMS!!! Vote for Gary Johnson and make a statement.
  8. Alison Burks Putman Sorry but not this time! It's too close and I'm highly opposed to a Romney rule! I'm voting for Obama!
  9. Michael D Doran I don't know the exact count but i'm pretty sure its over 30
  10. Michael D Doran In Oklahoma, and is write in, in Michigan. But the rest of the country he is on there.
36 comments
Jack P.baggelaar
Jack P.baggelaar

Vote for Romney.he is the only person with any business and common sense.Obama has only stupid professors with no business experience.he

Wants to ruin our economy and then we will all be on food stamps.

Victor Marinelli
Victor Marinelli

wow, what part of "Independent" don't you partisan nut-jobs understand?

Nona Eggerman- Windus
Nona Eggerman- Windus

@peggy. We do not need Romney for 4 years or at all ! What we so need is a person who cares more about his country than his bank account.

Jerry Kosch
Jerry Kosch

To all of you people who say this election is to important to vote for anyone but a republican or a democrat, and you can vote third party next time. This is an asinine excuse, there will NEVER be a next time because every election will be "the most important election of our lifetimes." I'm voting for Gary Johnson this time, so that the general voting public will see that there is a real choice.

Paul Yankowskas
Paul Yankowskas

@Glen Matthew Clifton - Dr. Stein is not on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Kevin Driscoll
Kevin Driscoll

Do you really think Voting for the Lesser Evil Works? Look at what its got us. . .NEVER ENDING WAR, CRONY CAPITALISM, AND LESS FREEDOMS!!! Vote for Gary Johnson and make a statement.

Alison Burks Putman
Alison Burks Putman

Sorry but not this time! It's too close and I'm highly opposed to a Romney rule! I'm voting for Obama!

Glen Matthew Clifton
Glen Matthew Clifton

Vote for Romney if your rich or don't read. He has a lower job growth than any other as gov....except NJ Chris Christie. He's a liar, he's changed his views 46458855479 times in the passed 7 years to suit the crowd he's preaching to and will pollute the earth badly. Why do you think big oil Koch bros are dumping millions into his campaign? Wake up and read real books

Glen Matthew Clifton
Glen Matthew Clifton

I like Jill stein but Gary has a better shot and more support. (Is she even on all the ballots?)

Debra Idlelies
Debra Idlelies

For all of you saying you think he will get <5%, you need to do some research. Any third party candidate will be lucky to get 5%.

Peggy Shannon Crawford
Peggy Shannon Crawford

NO---we cannot afford to make any indepentent votes. We need Romney for the next 4 years. Johnson is NOT on the ballot!

Daniel Bartelme
Daniel Bartelme

I don't know about others who are brave enough to vote Johnson or any other 3rd party , but to me it does not matter if Obama of Romney wins.They are not the direction that needs to be taken to get this great nation on track. Call us spoilers. Tell us we lost the election for you. We don't care. We are Libertarians and will not apologize for it.

Susan Chunco
Susan Chunco

I'm voting for Jill Stein but not as a protest. I believe her to be the best candidate. Isn't that why we vote?

Wizzle Hizzle
Wizzle Hizzle

He's got my vote!! If you are in michigan please vote for Scotty boman for senate!

Ken Moellman
Ken Moellman

Remember that this race is an Electoral College race. If he pulled 10% in states like California and New York, which are solidly Obama, it would be a huge raw number of votes for Johnson without changing the result at all.

Steve Stratton
Steve Stratton

This election is too important to file a protest vote against the current corrupt system. We need to eliminate the 5% rule or put in place non-partisan elections to have a truly open election system.

Kat Palmer
Kat Palmer

I think 5% will swing he election one way or the other

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier

it'd be great to see at least one other candidate get his/her hands on money that's been reserved for the two main parties for so long

Michael Higham
Michael Higham

Gary Johnson's speeches and messages are powerful, makes you want to do something! The 5-percent is another reason why voting third-party is not a wasted vote. Third-party candidates can build upon success of past elections. Voters can't give up just because one election wasn't revolutionary or entirely successful.

Blake Bunch
Blake Bunch

This was a great message to get out before election day. "Leveling the playing field" so to speak, allowing third party candidates equal funding, would truly enhance democracy in this country.

Emma Goda
Emma Goda

I would love to see a third party candidate receive 5 percent of the vote. I had no idea that if they did then then would receive funds for the next presidential election.

Chad Peace
Chad Peace

These thresholds may be necessary, but they should also be uniform and fair. As it stands now, its a wonder how Johnson got on so many ballots and that he even had money left to produce anything.

Matt Metzner
Matt Metzner

The goal isn't impossible. I'd love to see Gov Johnson reach 5%, the road to breaking partisanship is long and uphill, but this would be a great step forward.

Jane Susskind
Jane Susskind

That extra $10 million could go a long way for a third party candidate. I think his "5%" message will resonate with a lot of voters who buy into the "wasted vote" argument. This way, losing the election isn't a loss - it's a step towards 2016

James
James

As I understand it, the truth lies somewhere in between.

Yes, you are correct that ballot access is determined by state. However, as I understand it, the presidential election is the basis for every state, with some allowing additional races (e.g., Senate) to count as well. I also believe that although the minimum percentage needed for major party status is different in each state, none of them is higher than 5%. So, properly stated, 5% in all 50 states would give access in all 50 states for 2016. But, that is a mouthful for a 30-second ad. LOL.

Michael D Doran
Michael D Doran

I don't know the exact count but i'm pretty sure its over 30

Michael D Doran
Michael D Doran

In Oklahoma, and is write in, in Michigan. But the rest of the country he is on there.

Michael Higham
Michael Higham

and I love his peace sign at the end of the video.