Libertarians in the Indiana General Election
With less than five months to go until November’s general election, Indiana libertarians are more confident than ever that they can disrupt the long-standing bipartisan hold on Indiana’s political landscape.
“I think we’re going to break records,” Indiana Libertarian Party Chairman Evan McMahon said on Indy Politics. “I think we’re going to win more seats than we won before.”
McMahon said the Libertarians have the busiest county offices in party history. Currently, they have 54 county-level Libertarian Party offices across the state. One of the main messages from libertarians in this election cycle is that Republicans shouldn’t feel secure about their majority in the state legislature.
“Starting is strong here in Indiana,” McMahon said. “If you are already elected, you have more than 90% chance of being re-elected. If you’re really unhappy, don’t press the direct ticket button.
McMahon disputes that the Hoosiers are increasingly unhappy with Republicans, particularly with the way things have been handled when it comes to inflation. He added that this leads to a voter turnout problem, with many Hoosiers feeling their voice is not being heard by the current group of state lawmakers.
The primaries saw turnout as low as 5% in some places, such as Elkhart County in May.
However, Libertarians will soon have a big problem with the way the state conducts its elections. McMahon said the party plans to sue the state after the general election is over over state requirements for political parties to hold state-funded primaries to choose party candidates in the general election.
“We’ve often talked about political parties not using taxpayers’ money to support their candidates and select their candidates,” McMahon said. “Hopefully that’s a fight we can have in December.”
McMahon said they would only take legal action against the state if Libertarians get more than 10% of the vote in the race for secretary of state. By law, any political party that wins more than 10 percent of the vote for secretary of state in the previous election must hold a public primary in the next election cycle.
Libertarians do not believe in this and believe that political parties should be allowed to hold private conventions to select their candidates for election. This is what Libertarians have been able to do so far since they have received less than 10% of the Secretary of State’s vote in past years.