By Max Bibeau | NEW HAMPSHIRE
John Babiarz, the Chief of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department and a two-time former Libertarian candidate for Governor of New Hampshire has gone to court after being denied in attempting to change his party affiliation from Unaffiliated to Libertarian.
Babiarz, wishing to run as a Libertarian in his county’s 9th District Special Election, scheduled for September 5th, 2017, went to the Grafton Town Hall to change his affiliation. When he stated that he wished to register as a Libertarian, the clerk at the town hall refused to change his status, saying that there was “no option” to register as a Libertarian.
Babiarz appealed to the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission on the issue and was heard on Tuesday, June 13th. He pointed out that in the General Election on November 8th, 2016, Max Abramson, the Libertarian candidate for New Hampshire Governor received more than 4% (4.21%) of the vote, ensuring the Libertarian Party ballot qualification status in the following elections.
Following Babiarz’s testimony, the Commission convened and talked with state counsel in order to determine the best course of action. After this discussion, the Commission unanimously decided to place Babiarz’s name on the ballot for the primary election to be held on July 18th, 2017.