Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and independent Evan McMullin have qualified for the presidential ballot in Virginia, the Department of Elections announced on Friday. Democrat Hillary Clinton will appear first on the ballot, followed by Republican Donald Trump, Johnson, Stein and McMullin.
In order to qualify for the Virginia ballot, candidates had to submit the valid signatures of more than 5,000 voters — at least 200 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.
Virginia lawmakers cut the signature requirement in half after only two candidates — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — qualified for Virginia’s Republican presidential primary in 2012.
From the Associated Press:
The leading third party candidates for president — Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein — will appear on the New Hampshire ballot in November.
Both have submitted the necessary 3,000 signatures to be listed on the ballot as presidential candidates. Stein’s supporters delivered stacks of paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office Friday; Johnson had already qualified. The election is Nov. 8.
Stein and Johnson saw little success in their 2012 bids, with Johnson winning 1.3 million votes and Stein less than half a million. But both are hoping to capitalize on the electorate’s negative feelings toward Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to energize new supporters.
Stein, who is anti-war and advocates for an aggressive move toward clean energy, is appealing to supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Johnson, meanwhile, says his fiscally conservative but more socially liberal views put him in line with most voters.