At a press conference this morning, Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Snitker, 34, an office supplies salesman, announced he has met the ballot requirements to run for the U.S. Senate — the first Libertarian candidate in Florida’s history to do so.
Snitker says his goal is to raise $2 million for the race, or about 10 percent of the other major candidates, Gov. Charlie Crist, former House Speaker Marco Rubio and Congressman Kendrick Meek.
Florida: The ballot access laws for third parties and independent candidates have been very severe ever since 1931. Since 1931, there have been only two third party candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot and only one third party candidate for the U.S. Senate. There has not been a third party or independent candidate on the ballot for Governor of Florida since 1920. Currently, a filing fee of 7% of the annual salary of the office is also required unless the candidate is a pauper, while a third party or independent candidate for any statewide office (other than president) needs 196,255 valid signatures — no independent candidate in any state in the U.S. has ever successfully complied with a signature requirement greater than 134,781 signatures.