On November 1, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office said the Libertarian Party’s petition has enough valid names, so the party is back on the ballot. The Secretary of State is still working on checking the Green Party petition. Arkansas requires 10,000 valid signatures for party status. Libertarians had turned in approximately 16,000 recently; Greens submitted approximately 14,500.
The 2014 election will be the first midterm election year in which the Libertarian Party has been on the ballot in Arkansas. The state requires a vote of 3% for the office at the top of the ticket, every two years, for a party to remain ballot-qualified. In other words, only the vote for President and Governor counts for retention of party status.