Many Libertarians, when considering whom to vote for president, a position they think is actually important, feel it is throwing away your vote if you vote for the Libertarian candidate.
It would not be very constructive for people who want to be in the Libertarian party to vote for people outside of the Libertarian party.
Membership in each party is as follows:
Democrat - 72 million registered members [ 2004 ]
Republican - 55 million registered members
Constitution party - 438,222 registered members [ 2008 ]
Green party - 305,000 registered members [ 2005 ]
Libertarian party - 200,000 registered members and more than 600 people in public office. including mayors, county executives, county-council members, school-board members, and other local officials. It has more people in office than all other minor parties combined.
As far as registering so that you can vote in primaries, a lot of states have changed their voting policies since Obama's election. A lot of states have instituted OPEN primaries, meaning everyone can vote. I expect more changes will come as tea party mania increases.
Some people are just too afraid to be the first ones to vote for a third party.. As you can see by the list above, the other third parties have nowhere near the actual seat holders that the Libertarian party does. Obviously, people feel confident and comfortable with actually voting Libertarian. Now, we simply have to get people to register Libertarian so that national polls can reflect what the country feels.
I have always said that all Black people in America should register / vote Libertarian. It is the only party that would give Black Americans a fair chance to go where we need to go and do what we need to do unhindered. As it stands now, most Blacks cannot open their own business because of the tremendous road blocks government puts in our way. Under a Libertarian government, most, if not all, of those road blocks would be removed.
This year's list of 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidates looks like this so far:
Roger Gary (right) Carl Person R. Lee Wrights R J Harris
Gov. Gary Johnson
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