RI Secretary of State Confirms Local Signatures Were Certified

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (September 15, 2016) – On the day after a primary night that saw several entrenched incumbents dislodged from office by a fed-up Rhode Island electorate, the Secretary of State’s office confirms the requisite number local signatures have been certified, qualifying Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson for the Rhode Island ballot in November.

The news was confirmed late Wednesday afternoon by phone to chairman of the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island Pat Ford. With the barrier crashed and several hundred signatures still inbound, the RI Secretary of State’s Website now reflects the latest numbers.

“Rumors have been flying around the Internet for weeks claiming ballot access in all 50 states,” Chairman Ford said. “One mainstream media outlet allegedly speculated earlier today that Rhode Island failed to secure the minimum number of signatures. But we declined to comment until the Secretary of State’s office made it official. They did. We’re in!”

The milestone ballot access marks the first time since 1996 that a Libertarian Party candidate has appeared on every state’s ballot, according to national Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark.

“The growing sentiment among voters favors alternatives, and making those different choices to improve the caliber of our elected officials,” Chairman Ford said. “With the Johnson | Weld team at the top of the Libertarian ticket, and on the momentum of the primaries, we are ready – full steam ahead – to get our three East Bay candidates elected to the General Assembly, and two candidates elected to town council seats in Rhode Island,” he said

The Rhode Island candidates running under the Libertarian Party banner are Daryl Gould, Representative District 67, Barrington-Warren; William Hunt, Representative District 68, Warren-Bristol; Analee Berretto, Representative District 69, Bristol-Portsmouth; Matthew Gillette, Little Compton Town Council; Tony Jones, North Kingstown Town Council.

For more information about the local Libertarian candidates or about the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island, please visit lpri.us.

Pat Ford, Chairperson
Libertarian Party of Rhode Island

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