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LPKY vs KET

KET instituted new rules this year. They didn't tell our nominated Libertarian Party candidate, David Patterson, about these rul changes. In fact, the rules changed several times. Most importantly, the nominees of the Old Parties were invited under no criteria at all, and the new criteria were created and applied to everyone else. On October 11th, Judge van Tatenhove ruled that that's just fine and dandy.

Here's the history of events:

LPKY obtained email from an Open Records Request. The information garnered from the ORR is here.

RELEASE: OLIGARCHY WINS. KENTUCKY LOSES.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Libertarians suffered a major setback in their lawsuit against KET on Saturday. David Patterson, the Libertarian candidate for United States Senate, will not be allowed to participate in Monday's debate.

Judge Van Tatenhove issued a ruling against the emergency injunction filed by the Libertarian Party of Kentucky and the campaign of David Patterson for United States Senate on Saturday. LPKY and Patterson had filed suit against KET after an Open Records Request showed that KET continually shifted criteria for inclusion in Monday's debate.

RELEASE: LIBERTARIANS SUE KENTUCKY PUBLIC TELEVISION FOR FIRST AMENDMENT VIOLATION

KENTUCKY - A federal constitutional lawsuit, filed today against Kentucky Educational Television in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, stems from its new exclusionary policy regarding public debates, eliminating Libertarian participation. The plaintiffs in the case are Libertarian David Patterson's campaign for U.S. Senate, the Libertarian Party of Kentucky, and the Libertarian National Committee.

KET's new criteria

On Monday, August 18th, it was revelead to LPKY -- 2 days after the deadline of Midnight on August 16th -- that KET had created new criteria beyond what they had used in the past. An Open Records Request reveals what was happening behind the scenes. What we learned was defintely worth sharing.

You can read the actual emails at the end of this entry; as a warning, they're VERY large files.

The background

Voter Registration August 2014

Voter Registration June 2014

This month, our total number of registrations continue to grow. We need to continue the growth of the Libertarian Party and this is one great metric to measure our continued growth.
 
Here are our latest numbers showing that the LPKY is still growing faster than predicted growth. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we continue the push to 5000. 
 
NOTE: Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010, 2012, and 2014. LPKY continues to monitor our progress monthly based on statistics provided by the State Board of Elections as we grow our numbers statewide.

Voter Registration May 2014

Redistricting is finally complete, and we now have the full picture of growth in LPKY voter registrations like we used to have!

Here are our latest numbers showing that the LPKY is growing much faster than our 'Old Party' competition. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we make the push to 5000. 
 
As you can see, we're beating our original estimates -- and that's great news. We must continue this push, if you want to see more Libertarians on the ballot in Kentucky.
 
 
Annual growth has been great, as well. Between April of 2013 and April of 2014:
 
Democrats increased 0.34%
Republicans increased 2.66%
Libertarians increased 30.71%

Voter Registration March 2014


Kentucky Voter Registration total for Libertarians
We still don't have the regular monthly numbers coming from Frankfort, and won't have those until after the redistricting process is completed -- which means it will probably be in May. However, we were able to get a new list of Registered Libertarians, and our numbers are beating our estimated trend.
 
Since we're missing data, we can't do a very good comparison, but we do know that our numbers have increased a whopping 29.38% from March 2013 to March 2014!
 
By comparison, from March 2013 through February 2014, Democratic Party registration increased only 0.03% and Republican Party registration increased only 2.26%. It's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, but it's the only data we have for now.
 
This growth is in spite of the fact that still don't know how to register to vote as a Libertarian, since the voter registration card doesn't explicitly list us. If you're not sure how to register Libertarian, you can find that here.
 
NOTE: Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012. LPKY continues to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

We Are Libertarians

(Written by Rodger Paxton, LP Arkansas Secretary)

We are not “Republican-light.” We are not “Democratic-light.” We are Libertarians.

Fallout from Va Gov race

Some might wonder why the LPKY Chair is weighing in on a race in Virginia. Well, there are some very important lessons to be learned from it. In the final days of the Virginia gubernatorial race, some big names came out to bash the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis. Some weren't surprising, but a few were. In order to set the record straight, let's first address the actual claims. Then, I'll get to the vote-splitting math.
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