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Monday, December 01, 2008

ohn Deeth Blog: Few take advantage of Green, Libertarian registration

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Less than one Iowa voter in every 2,000 has taken advantage of a change in state law that allows people to register with two third parties. The Greens and Libertarians fought hard in court for the change, which established a petition procedure for parties to earn a place on the voter registration form without winning the two percent of the top of the ticket vote required for full party status. An out of court settlement, later enacted into law, kicked in on Jan. 1, and the first registered Green was "elated" at the chance to express his preference. But through Nov. 26 only 1357 voters -- 0.05 percent -- have registered with one of the third party "political organizations." 937 are Libertarians and 420 are Greens.

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