Indiana is unusual in having three political parties with non-petition ballot access. The third party is the Libertarian Party of Indiana.
It's not a sure thing. The last I knew, a party needed to get two percent of the votes for their candidate for Secretary of State in order to get and keep non-petition access to ballots. That means they don't have to go out and collect signatures for each of their candidates; instead, the smaller parties have normal nominating conventions. (Reaching the ten percent threshold would require them to run in the primaries, but only the Republicans and Democrats have that -- so far.)
What this means is if you want to see the LP remain on your ballots, if you want that third choice, it's important to vote for their candidate for Secretary of State. If you don't want them on the ballot, vote for someone else for that office. This year, there are only three choices, but if you favor some other minor party, and they run someone for that office, vote for that person.
It's not especially obvious and Secretary of State is one of those obscure offices that most of us don't think about much, other than hoping whoever has the job is honest and competent. But it's an office where your vote does more than just determine who will get the job.
4 months ago