The Libertarian Party in New Hampshire will be able to run candidates in the state after ruling. Richard Winger of Ballot Access News recently posted the following:
New Hampshire holds a special election to fill the vacant State House seat, in the Grafton 9 district, on September 5. Qualified parties hold primaries for this seat on July 18. On June 14, the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission ordered that John Babiarz be permitted to file for the Libertarian primary. See this story.
Babiarz had been refused when he went to file for the Libertarian primary, because he was a registered independent. However, there were no registered Libertarians, in the eyes of the state, until early this year. That is because the Libertarian Party was not a ballot-qualified party until the votes had been counted in the November 8, 2016 election.
Voters in New Hampshire may not change parties at any time they wish. They must wait until their town clerk opens up the voter registration records and allows voters to change parties. Babiarz had not been permitted to register Libertarian after the special election was called. The Ballot Law Commission felt this was unfair, and ordered state and town election officials to accept his filing.
Also, from the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire:
The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is proud to announce that long-time Libertarian John Babiarz has filed to run for Representative in the Grafton 9 Special Election. On June 13, the Ballot Law Commission ordered that John Babiarz should be placed on the Libertarian Primary ballot in the Grafton 9 special election.
John Babiarz is no stranger to public service. He joined the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department in 1994, continued his training to became an EMT in 2001, and the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department voted him in as Chief in 2007.
John has been elected as the Town of Grafton Cemetery Trustee, and was also a member of the Mascoma School District Budget Committee. In 2003 he served in Governor Benson’s administration as Government Efficiency Commission to examine ways the state could save money in various operations.
John has also been the Libertarian Party’s Gubernatorial nominee four times (2000, 2002, 2010 & 2012). Now he’s seeking to serve his community and the state by representing the towns of Grafton, Ashland, Alexandria, Bridgewater, and Bristol as the next State Representative from Grafton 9.
About John Babiarz:
John Babiarz is the gubernatorial candidate that will restore, preserve and protect the New Hampshire advantage and values that make it the “Live Free or Die” state. John is a libertarian who believes in protecting individual rights and liberties. He believes in the tradition that both the State and Federal Constitutions are the blueprints by which we are to govern our society.
John sat on the governor’s Efficiency Commission from 2002-2004. He has first hand knowledge of how to work with state agencies to reduce wasteful spending, streamline government offices, and optimize the use of taxpayer’s dollars.
John resides in Grafton, NH with his wife Rosalie. He is the chief of the Volunteer Fire Department and a self-employed entrepreneur who is credited with procuring the first internet service provider to service the Grafton area.