Wyoming to Have Record Number of Parties on General Election Ballot
State Capitol – Secretary of State Max Maxfield announced today that the Country Party gained ballot access as a provisional party, making it the sixth political party eligible to appear on the General Election ballot.
“In the 2000 General Election, we had five parties on the ballot, which was a record, but this year we’ve surpassed that, with voters potentially seeing candidates from six different parties,” said Maxfield.
The Country Party reached the required threshold of 3,740signatures of registered voters on petitions to earn them a place on the ballot as a provisional party. Two other provisional parties gained party status earlier this year.
Parties qualifying to be on the November ballot are the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Americans Elect, Constitution, and Country Parties. Maxfield said, “Only the Democratic and Republican Parties, which are recognized as major parties under state law, will nominate candidates at the Primary Election; the other parties will not appear on the ballot until the General Election.”
The 2012 Primary Election will be held on August 21, and the General Election on November 6. The filing period for major party candidates who wish to compete in the Primary Election is May 17 through June 1. Minor and provisional parties have until August 21 to certify the names of the candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot, according to Maxfield.