After only two years of being a thing, the Maine Libertarian Party is no more — at least for now.
On Monday the Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced the Libertarian Party no longer has party status in Maine because they did not reach the threshold of 10,000 voters in the General Election.
Only 6,168 voters in Maine were enrolled in the Libertarian Party and will now be classified as unenrolled. Those Mainers will have to re-register as Libertarian by completing a Maine Voter Registration Application and checking the box that says “other qualifying party” instead of the three other pre-printed options.
As you might expect, newly former members of the Libertarian Party are not taking their unpopularity well and have suggested that the administrative move was a threat to their 1st and 14th Amendment rights, posting on their official Facebook page that it was “unacceptable in a free society.”
“It’s just not right to unenroll voters — never mind doing it without telling them,” said Chris Lyons, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine. “It’s especially disturbing in these times when more than 60 percent of Americans say they want an alternative to Democrats and Republicans.”
Last week, Lyons filed a “Declaration of Intent to Form a Party” with the Secretary of State and needs to enroll 5,000 additional registered Maine voters in order for the Libertarian Party to be printed on 2020 primary ballots. According to Lyons, the Libertarian Party of Maine also plans on filing a legal injunction and fighting it out in federal district court.