LITTLE ROCK — The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has met the signature requirement for access to the 2016 ballot, Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has met the signature requirement for access to the 2016 ballot, Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said Tuesday.


Martin’s office said the party submitted 15,619 signatures, of which 11,918 were deemed valid. The minimum number required for the party to gain ballot access is 10,000.


The party must next submit an affidavit, signed by its officers under oath, stating that it does not either directly or indirectly advocate, teach, justify, aid or abet the overthrow of the government; an act of terrorism; or a program of sabotage, force and violence, sedition or treason against the government.


Upon certification by the secretary of state, the party will be free to field candidates in any upcoming partisan elections through the 2016 general election. The party must nominate candidates for the general election by convention.