Small political parties in Maine hope to gain ground with new election law

Harrison Kemp, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine, hopes a new law will help his party grow within the state. LD 769, a bill written by Kemp and recently signed by Governor Mills, lowers the barrier to entry for parties looking to make it on to the ballot in state elections from a minimum of 10,000 to 5,000 registered voters. Kemp and Jim Baines, the Libertarian Party of Maine’s treasurer, believe the new law will increase their visibility within the state and force the two major political parties to focus on more issues important to the Libertarian party.

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