Here’s an update on facts and figures for Libertarian registrations in Ventura County and the State of California. Statistics were taken from the “odd-numbered year report” dated February 10, 2015, which was just posted on the Secretary of State website www.sos.ca.gov.
First, the California facts. There are 24,362,774 people eligible to vote in the state. The number of registered voters is 17,717,936 or almost 73%. Of these, there are 121,876 registered Libertarians, or .69%. Fortunately, this figure meets California’s minimum criteria of having at least 1/15 of one percent of registered voters in the state in order to qualify for ballot access. Compared to other states that is extremely generous. This is one thing California gets right. Our party does not have to jump through hoops as so many other states have to do. But it may also make us lax. We are never forced (or motivated?) to hold major registration events to keep our party on the ballot.
Now for Ventura County. There are 543,490 residents eligible to vote; 430,432 of them are registered. That’s 79%—not too shabby. Out of these we have 3114 registered Libertarians, or .72 %. That may not seem like much but it is an increase over 2013 when we were happy to have passed the one-half percent mark. So, change has been in our favor, but we need to make it a priority so it will continue. For a starting point, here is our county’s Libertarian registration breakdown by city: Camarillo 278, Fillmore 38, Moorpark 147, Ojai 36, Oxnard 375, Port Hueneme 65, Ventura 502, Santa Paula 52, Simi Valley 567, Thousand Oaks 574, and unincorporated areas 480.
It’s no secret that our best target for increasing Libertarian registrations is the growing number of “no party preference” voters, who seem to be dropping out of the Republican and Democrat parties. There are about 92,000 of them in Ventura County and over 4 million in the state. That’s quite of few prospects, 22%, who just might be Libertarian. If you are ready to make the move to freedom, go to www.lpvc.org and click on the link at the bottom that says “Register to Vote.” I guarantee you will find that it feels very good to be a Libertarian.