(The primaries are closed party business. By pulling an R or D ballot, you are legally “joining” those parties. Libertarian party members should refrain from interfering in the party business of other private organizations. It’s the law!)
Indianapolis, Indiana – The Libertarian Party of Marion County encourages independent and Libertarian voter participation in the primary election on May 3rd, 2011, but voters are asked to consider some specific issues before voting.
State law only allows for the Republican and Democratic parties to hold primary elections for candidates seeking the parties’ nominations. This is done at the expense of all taxpayers regardless of party affiliation. Independents and members of other parties, such as the Libertarian Party, should be aware that there is an alternative on Election Day. Hoosiers can elect to receive a “public question only” ballot. This option gives voters the opportunity to participate in the electoral process without affiliating with a specific party.
In this year’s election, Franklin and Perry townships will have public question ballots available, but all other precincts in Marion County will only vote on partisan ballots. If you are not able to vote with a public question ballot, you should not participate in a primary election. This is internal party business, and should not be conducted at taxpayer expense. Participation in a partisan primary is a matter of public record. This should be considered by all voters, especially those planning on running for public office.
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, and is the only non-major party with ballot access in the state of Indiana. Libertarians believe in a small non-intrusive government that is financially responsible, administratively competent and socially tolerant.
Jason Sipe, secretary
Libertarian Party of Marion County
133 W. Market St, #159
Indianapolis, IN 46204