No Labels has officially gained access to Maine’s ballot after surpassing the state’s registration threshold for certification.
The group has gained recognition in recent months for pledging to offer its ballot line to a “Unity Ticket” this November should the two major parties “select candidates the vast majority of Americans don’t want to vote for.”
In order to be recognized as a “qualified party” in Maine — a prerequisite to appearing on the state’s ballot — a group must enroll at least 5,000 registered voters statewide.
According to a press release issued by No Labels on Friday, the party currently has 9,423 members enrolled statewide.
“This milestone validates what has been clear for a long time, which is that the No Labels message and movement resonates with people across this great state,” Justin Schair — No Labels Maine State Co-Chair — said in a statement Friday.
“The majority of us in the middle are hungry for a better choice in this next election and for unifying leadership in the White House that can heal our country’s divisions,” Schair continued. “Getting No Labels on the ballot in Maine brings us a big step closer to making this happen.”
This development comes several months after Secretary of State Shenna Bellows challenged the validity of the party’s enrollment numbers — then around 6,500 — claiming that the group misled voters to believe they were signing a petition to support the party, not changing their party registration.
These concerns prompted her to send a cease-and-desist letter to the No Labels Party, as well as individual letters to each of the party’s registrants.
No Labels adamantly refuted these claims, stating that their operations are completely aboveboard and that those who enrolled in the party were provided with voter registration cards issued by the State of Maine, which are clearly labeled as such.
According to their website, No Labels will decide before March 15, 2024 whether or not they will move forward with offering its ballot line to a “Unity Ticket” this November.
No Labels further explains that it will determine the candidates for its “Unity Ticket” through a virtual selection process involving “members from across the country” and is expected to announce more details concerning the specifics of the selection process later this year.
To date, No Labels has been granted ballot access in a dozen other states, including: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah.
The group reports that they are “currently active” in fourteen additional states, meaning that they have either already filed for ballot access or are currently in the process of gathering signatures to do so.
Maine voters who have enrolled as members of the No Labels party will not be allowed to vote in the state’s Democrat or Republican primaries. Under the state’s new semi-open primary laws, however, unenrolled voters can opt to participate in the primary of their choice.
No Labels is Maine’s fifth “qualified party,” joining the list alongside the Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican parties.