The State Fair is over for 2018. For the first time, thanks to earning political party status with the 2016 election, Libertarian candidates were recognized and acknowledged throughout the fair. This included being part of a local television station’s corn-kernel poll and another straw poll run by the Iowa Secretary of State. Both polls, despite small numbers, repeat voters, and a requirement to pay for fair entrance to vote, showed enough support for the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate that the party would be able to retain political party status, were the straw polls counted as the official election.
The Secretary of State’s poll included 3,216 votes cast for governor. Libertarian Jake Porter received just under 4% of those votes. The WHO-TV corn kernel poll had significantly more votes cast and Jake received just under 3% of the votes in that contest. Jake will need to receive more than 2% of the vote in the November 6, 2018, general election for the Libertarians to retain political party status.
The election that really matters is the one on November 6th. We need your vote and we want your help to reach out to other voters. Stay in touch with the Polk County Libertarians to learn of activities leading up to the election. Information is posted on Facebook, placed on the website’s homepage, and included in the two email newsletters sent out each month. We expect an unusually strong mid-term turnout by at least one of the other parties’ voters. This means the Libertarian Party needs to be sure to turn out its own large number of voters to keep that 2% requirement for political party status. Polk County voters alone cannot give a candidate victory, but the size of the county certainly can help push up the percentage of a candidate’s votes received.
The fair also gave several statewide Libertarian candidates an opportunity to talk with voters, including speaking at the Des Moines Register’s soapbox. Candidates who will appear on ballots in Polk County and who spoke at the fair were: Jake Porter (Governor), Jules Ofenbakh (Secretary of State), Rick Stewart (Secretary of Agriculture), Marco Battaglia (Attorney General), and Bryan Jack Holder (U.S. Representative for District 3).
You may request an absentee ballot for the November 6th election, but the ballots will not be sent out until October 8, 2018, when early voting begins. To request an absentee ballot, use the form available here and return to your county auditor. In Polk County, that address is:
111 Court Avenue, Room 230
Des Moines, IA 50309