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Voter Registration May 2014

Redistricting is finally complete, and we now have the full picture of growth in LPKY voter registrations like we used to have!

Here are our latest numbers showing that the LPKY is growing much faster than our 'Old Party' competition. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we make the push to 5000. 
 
As you can see, we're beating our original estimates -- and that's great news. We must continue this push, if you want to see more Libertarians on the ballot in Kentucky.
 
 
Annual growth has been great, as well. Between April of 2013 and April of 2014:
 
Democrats increased 0.34%
Republicans increased 2.66%
Libertarians increased 30.71%

Voter Registration March 2014


Kentucky Voter Registration total for Libertarians
We still don't have the regular monthly numbers coming from Frankfort, and won't have those until after the redistricting process is completed -- which means it will probably be in May. However, we were able to get a new list of Registered Libertarians, and our numbers are beating our estimated trend.
 
Since we're missing data, we can't do a very good comparison, but we do know that our numbers have increased a whopping 29.38% from March 2013 to March 2014!
 
By comparison, from March 2013 through February 2014, Democratic Party registration increased only 0.03% and Republican Party registration increased only 2.26%. It's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, but it's the only data we have for now.
 
This growth is in spite of the fact that still don't know how to register to vote as a Libertarian, since the voter registration card doesn't explicitly list us. If you're not sure how to register Libertarian, you can find that here.
 
NOTE: Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012. LPKY continues to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

Fallout from Va Gov race

Some might wonder why the LPKY Chair is weighing in on a race in Virginia. Well, there are some very important lessons to be learned from it. In the final days of the Virginia gubernatorial race, some big names came out to bash the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis. Some weren't surprising, but a few were. In order to set the record straight, let's first address the actual claims. Then, I'll get to the vote-splitting math.

August 2013 Voter Registration Stats

Here are our latest numbers showing that the LPKY is growing much faster than our 'Old Party' competition. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we make the push to 5000. 
 
Between July and August of 2013:

Democrats increased 0.03%
Republicans increased 0.26%
Libertarians increased 2.96%
 
Annual growth has been great, as well. Between August of 2012 and August of 2013:
 
Democrats increased 0.93%
Republicans increased 2.95%
Libertarians increased 37.91%

July 2012 registration numbers

Once again, here are our latest numbers showing that the LPKY is growing faster than our 'Old Party' competition. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we make the push to 5000.

Between June and July of 2013:
Democrats increased 0.05%
Republicans increased 0.22%
Libertarians increased 2.30%

We need this trend to continue. Many still don't even know how to register to vote as a Libertarian. If you're not sure how to register Libertarian, you can find that here.

NOTE: Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012. LPKY continues to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

Registration - June 2013

Our latest numbers once again are growing at a faster-than-usual pace. We thank everyone who has registered Libertarian as we make the push to 5000.

Between May and June of 2013:
Democrats increased 0.03%
Republicans increased 0.19%
Libertarians increased 2.59%

This clearly shows that we continue to have the momentum in our favor. We need this trend to continue. Many still don't even know how to register to vote as a Libertarian; you can find that here.

NOTE: Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012. LPKY continues to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

About Vote Splitting - Political Analysis

I often hear people lament that Libertarians split the vote and cause their candidate to lose. I hear this more often from Republicans, but I also hear it from Democrats, as well. And you hear all sorts of silly accusations, as well.

Registration numbers -- update

The LPKY now has good voter registration data for a year, between May 22nd, 2012 and May 21st, 2013. These numbers are provided from the State Board of Elections. The LPKY saw a significant jump in voter registration totals.

Statewide registration increased 2.61%
Democrat registration increased 1.21%
Republican registration increased 3.80%
Libertarian registration increased 46.60%

This clearly shows that we have the momentum in our favor. Now, we need to capitalize upon it. We need more people. We need this trend to continue. Many still don't even know how to register to vote as a Libertarian; you can find that here.

Kentucky law did not provide for tracking voters who sought to be registered as Libertarian, until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012. The LPKY will continue to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

LPKY sees record growth

Between May 22nd, 2012 and April 16th, 2013, the LPKY saw a significant jump in voter registration totals. The numbers speak for themselves:

Statewide registration increased 2.50%
Democrat registration increased 1.22%
Republican registration increased 3.59%
Generic "Other" registration increased 1.63%
Independent registration increased 24.20%
All other parties except Libertarian increased 25.84%
Libertarian registration increased 40.83%

The State Board of Elections didn't track voters registered as Libertarian until January 1, 2006. The party first bought a copy of the statewide list in September of 2006 (the first data point), and has purchased copies in 2010 and 2012.  The Board of Elections has put out reports on totals this year on January 18th and March 21st.

The LPKY will continue to monitor and report our progress as we grow our numbers statewide.

Universal background checks are backdoor registration and maybe ban

For weeks, I've tried to explain to people that any "universal background check" needs to have a provision that would demand the destruction of any data collected during the background check, including that the check itself was run. Upon reflection, I didn't go far enough. The rules of what would make one fail the background check also need to be laid out, and well-defined.

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