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Libertarian Party of Virginia may have more nominees on the ballot than the Democratic Party this year

(Virginia) - Eleven Libertarian candidates for the House of Representatives from Virginia and the party’s U.S. Senate candidate all turned in the minimum number of signatures to qualify for the November ballot before the deadline on Tuesday, June 10.

These candidates would constitute what’s called a “full slate” contesting the state’s congressional seats.

Every House candidate submitted more than the minimum number of 1,000 signatures. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis turned in “between 15,000 and 17,000,” he told me. Statewide candidates must submit a total number of 10,000 signatures that includes 400 signatures from each of the 11 House districts.

Three of the LP candidates — Will Hammer in the Sixth Congressional District, Jeffrey Carson in the Eighth Congressional District, and Bill Redpath in the Tenth District — have already been informed by the State Board of Elections that they have qualified for the ballot. Hammer is running against incumbent Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Carson and Redpath are running for open seats made vacant by the retirements of, respectively, Jim Moran (D-VA8) and Frank Wolf (R-VA10).

It will take a few days for the SBE and local electoral boards to review the signatures and other paperwork before certifying the ballot status of the remaining eight House candidates and Sarvis.


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