ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Independence Party is less mighty in the eyes of the state of Minnesota.
The secretary of state’s office formally informed the party’s leader in a letter Tuesday that it has been downgraded from major- to minor-party status. That means its candidates must clear extra hurdles to get on ballots and won’t have access to as much public campaign financing as before.READ MORE: Mass Casualty Simulation Helps Nat'l Guard, Children's Minnesota Practice Treating Kids
The political home of then-Gov. Jesse Ventura was demoted after none of its statewide candidates received at least five percent of the vote. It was the second consecutive election with that result.READ MORE: Amid Missionary Hostage Crisis, Minnesotan From Port-Au-Prince Wishes 'Haiti Would Get The Help They Need'
Going forward, Independence Party candidates must submit nominating signatures from voters to qualify for the ballot.
Other minor parties are: the Green Party, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party, the Legal Marijuana Now Party and the Libertarian Party.MORE NEWS: Nurses Complete First Day Of Strike At Plymouth's WestHealth
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