Richard Winger writes in IPR comments on a previous post:
Some comments in this thread have concerned running candidates in 2014 that may result in our being on the ballot automatically in 2016. But I haven’t noticed any comment above about the more fruitful idea of asking state legislators to introduce bills in the 2013 sessions of state legislatures, lowering the vote test. Often when bills like that, the act of passing the bill puts us on the ballot automatically the moment the new law goes into effect. Right now, and the next few weeks and months, is the prime time for anyone to ask a state legislator to introduce bills. In the 24 month cycle, we are at the moment to do this right now.
States in which the LP is on the ballot right now because we got a good bill passed in the past include Arizona, Colorado, Georgia (but we only have status for the statewide offices), Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming. We are crazy if we don’t do more of this work.
Now is the time for anyone who is unhappy with his or her state’s election laws to ask a state legislator, or a legislator-elect, to introduce bills in the 2013 sessions of that state’s legislature.
Deadline vary tremendously, but some states have very early deadlines for legislators to introduce bills. Indiana requires bills in the 2013 session to have been introduced by late 2012.
As far as is known, activists in the following states are already working on getting ballot access bills introduced: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Georgia Libertarians ought to be seeking a change in the law, to enable the party to run candidates for U.S. House, legislature, and county partisan office. The Georgia law, making it virtually impossible for the Libertarian Party to run for these offices, is absurd, when one considers that statewide Libertarian nominees in partisan elections carried counties in both 2008 and 2012, and polled over one-third of the vote in one statewide partisan race last week.