The Myth of the 5%: How Ballot Access is Determined in All 50 States

By Rebekah

A few days ago, this article was published, making the claim that a 5% nationwide popular vote does not guarantee ballot access for the Libertarian Party, as many, including Gary Johnson, have claimed.

Since there is much confusion and misinformation surrounding this topic, compiled below are the laws, statutes, and information from the Secretary of State for each of the fifty states and Washington D.C. The information below contains legal requirements for obtaining ballot access by one of several possible means based on each state's laws. ​​