Boston Tea Party completes Tennessee ballot drive

The following is a media release from the Boston Tea Party:

POC Thomas L. Knapp
[email protected]


Nashville, TN - America’s new libertarian alternative wrapped up its first-ever ballot access petition drive today as Boston Tea Party representatives turned in petition signatures and other paperwork to
state election officials.

Once the signatures are certified by Tennessee’s Secretary of State, presidential candidate Charles Jay and vice-presidential candidate Thomas L. Knapp will be set to appear on Tennessee ballots in
November. The petitioners turned in more than 400 signatures just before today’s deadline. Tennessee law requires 275 valid signatures.

“Our ambition is to give freedom-lovers in the Volunteer State a libertarian alternative to John McCain and Barack Obama,” said Jay, 47, of Hollywood Florida. “Our petitioners, the voters who stepped
forward to put us on the ballot, and the electors who agreed to cast their Electoral College votes for us should we carry the state made that possible today, and they have my heartfelt thanks.”

Jay and Knapp were nominated in June by the party’s national membership, which conducts its operations entirely online. The party was founded in 2006 and campaigns on a single-sentence platform: “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.” In addition to Tennessee, the party’s presidential slate will appear on the ballot in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana. A volunteer petition

drive is ongoing in Alabama and the party may seek ballot access in other states as well.

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5 Responses to “Boston Tea Party completes Tennessee ballot drive”

  1. Stefan Says:

    Suppose they can only get some votes from some dixiecrats! :-)

  2. Larry West Says:

    Actually, I don’t think they’ll get many votes from Dixiecrats simply because of the name “Boston.” The name itself, evoking Massachusetts, will cause problems with “true” Southerners.

  3. Cody Quirk Says:

    looks like these guys could siphon off some LP votes.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp Says:


    There’s no such thing as an “LP vote.” Votes belong to voters, not to parties. And personally I have no interest in “running against” Barr/Root. I think we should be “running against” the status quo as represented by McCain and Obama.

    Tennessee is a milestone for the Boston Tea Party. It’s much more a “got a set of weights and started working out” kind of milestone than a “Vasily Alexeev picking up 256 pounds clean and jerk” milestone, as Tennessee only requires 275 signatures, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. This is our first finished petition drive, and assuming the results are certified, our first successful petition drive. It’s something to build on.

  5. kenneth Says:

    Now we have two self-proclaimed libertarian parties whose leaders don’t develop pledged Libertarians or represent them. Great.

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