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Arizona Libertarian Party Opens Primary to Independent Voters

June 16, 2012 - 2:00pm
Jim Iannuzo by Jim Iannuzo


The Chairman and Board of the Arizona Libertarian Party (AZLP) have voted to open the August 28, 2012 Libertarian Primary Election to members of political parties that are not entitled to continued representation on the ballot pursuant to section ARS 16-804, and to voters who are registered as independent or no party preferred. This move is an open invitation to disaffected voters who do not support the Republican or Democrat Parties.

This means that for the upcoming 2012 Primary Election, independent voters as well as Libertarians are welcome to choose a Libertarian ballot in the same way they are welcome to choose a Republican or Democrat ballot. A District Court decision in 2007 (AZLP v. Brewer) permits the AZLP to close its primary elections to non-Libertarians, at the party's discretion. The AZLP has, since that decision, held closed primaries.

As stated by State Chairman Warren Severin, "It has been a long-standing tradition in the Arizona Libertarian Party to welcome libertarian-minded independent-registered voters. They have always been able to sign our petitions for office. This opens the door for them to vote in the Libertarian primary this year."

For several years Arizona Libertarian Party has held closed primaries. Our Presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, is actively trying to reach more libertarian-minded independents through his 2012 presidential campaign. The Libertarian Party continues to be the voice of reason, freedom and independent thought in American Politics.

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