Massachusetts voters officially have more options when casting their presidential ballots in November. On Monday, former Gov. William Welddelivered thousands of voter signatures to the state elections office to qualify the Libertarian ticket for the ballot.
Weld and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson plan to take the third-party path to the White House. Weld told reporters on Monday that “the ice is cracking a little bit.”
“Just this week, I’ve spoken with a few Republican members of Congress who are interested in reassessing their endorsements for the fall,” Weld said, according to The Boston Globe.
In order to make the ballot, a party must have 10,000 signatures. Weld’s delivery of signatures Monday pushed the Libertarian party over that threshold with a total of 12,587 signatures, according to Brian McNiff, communications director for the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
The Libertarian ticket currently polls at about 8 percent in surveys that include presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein. The GOP has already submitted the paperwork for Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to appear on the Massachusetts ballot; The Green Party and the Democratic Party have until Sept. 1 to qualify, according to the Globe.
“We have a path to run right up the middle and win the whole thing here,” Weld said. “But Libertarians never tell other people what to do. So if anyone in the Commonwealth wants to waste their vote by casting it for Trump or Clinton, it’s OK with us.”