Letter: Grant Libertarians ballot access relief

Published: 4/16/2020 12:01:13 AM

On April 1, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire’s executive committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Bill Gardner requesting ballot access relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current guidelines from medical experts state that individuals should remain six feet apart when in public, and that large gatherings should not be held, both in order to slow the spread of the virus. Unrecognized parties are required to get a total of 3,000 valid petition signatures in order to be placed on the general election ballot, which is not possible if following said medical guidelines.

Collecting these petitions, which Libertarians have consistently been able to accomplish, would create a risk to public safety.

Both in the name of public safety, and in the spirit of healthy democracy, Secretary Gardner should grant the party’s request for relief from petitioning.

RICHARD MANZO

Goffstown

(The writer is vice chair of the Libertarian Party N.H.)




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