Washington Times Blog: Gary Johnson: Can five percent of the vote change the world?Submitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:50
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2012 — Are you familiar with that little box on your tax return that asks, "Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund?"
Two term former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson certainly is. Governor Johnson and his supporters are hard at work to get one in twenty to vote for him this presidential election.
Five percent of the popular vote means a great deal to a third party candidate.
It removes nearly all the roadblocks in getting ballot access in all 50 states, which is an extremely difficult, costly and time consuming endeavor. He is on the ballot in 49 states this election, the exception being Oklahoma. Oklahoma has the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country, effectively making it impossible for a third party to be on the ballot. That 5 percent would get him on that ballot as well next election.
Receiving 5 percent also admits the candidate into the federally funded club. That $3 can, and has, added up to hundreds of millions of dollars. If you make it into the 5 percent club, you are now eligible to receive your share of those funds.
Governor Johnson believes that with ballot access and a vastly improved budget, he can have his voice heard by all American voters. What he has to say makes a great deal of sense. Enough so that many lifelong Republicans have changed parties. With his message being heard, polling at 15 percent should be a lock, which gets him on the national stage for both the mainstream media, as well as inclusion in the presidential debates.
If he gets into the debates, he is betting he will be the next President of the United States.
I believe him.