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Libertarian voter registration increases

Feb 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Capitol Confidential is reporting the number of registered Libertarians in New York has increased, in large part due to the addition of the party to the state voter registration form. The Libertarian Party became a recognized party in January based on its showing in the 2018 gubernatorial race. As of last week, it has more than 9,700 registered members statewide, according to data compiled by the state Board of Elections. This is nearly a 25 percent increase, based on estimates from party officials. New York Libertarian Party Chair Jim Rosenbeck said about the status of the party in November, “It will no longer be a mystery how to register as a Libertarian.” A similar increase was not seen by the Serve America Movement, a third party that qualified for the ballot with gubernatorial candidate Stephanie Miner. The party has zero registered voters in New York. Before the Libertarian Party became officially recognized, New Yorkers were able to write in the party on their registration form. Nearly three-quarters of Libertarian voters are from outside of New York City. In Columbia County, 24 voters are registered members of the Libertarian Party; in Greene County there are 2 people enrolled in the part, as of Feb. 1. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.
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