STATE PARTY HISTORY
In April of 2009 it was decided that Wyoming was primed to become a State Political Party and began the process of circulating a petition statewide to become ballot eligible in Wyoming along with the Republican and Democratic Parties.
The Constitution Party petition for ballot access in Wyoming was due June 1, and it needed 4,988 valid signatures. The Secretary of State has checked the petition and says the party only submitted 4,600 valid signatures. The raw number of signatures submitted was 6,276. Wyoming required a number of signatures equal to 2% of the last U.S. House vote.
The final steps in laying that organizational foundation were taken on July 9 and 10 at the historic inaugural state convention of the Constitution Party of Wyoming that took place in Torrington, WY. Attending the convention, was Western States Regional Chairman, Frank Fluckiger. He was the driving force in laying the groundwork for a Constitution Party organization in Wyoming. Frank reports, “I was very impressed with the caliber of people that were there…the entire convention was very well run and the level of cooperation among the people was very positive. I think everyone left on an upbeat note.”
Rex Fritzler was elected Chairman. Todd Graus from Jackson was elected Vice Chairman and Webmaster. Eli Cox, the student leader of the University of Wyoming’s Constitution Party student group was elected Secretary. Steve Kiggins a University of Wyoming Student Advisor was elected as Treasurer. Gareth Robertson, of Lovell, was elected as the County Liaison, responsible for organizing all of the County Constitution Party Chapters.
NATIONAL PARTY HISTORY
1992 A coalition of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party. The party’s founder, Howard Phillips, was on the ballot in 21 states as its first presidential candidate.
1995-99 Party recognized by Federal Election Commission as a national party bringing the number of recognized parties to 5. Ballot access achieved in 39 states for the 1996 elections, representing over 80% of the electoral college votes available.
1999 Name changed to Constitution Party (CP) by delegates at the National Convention to better reflect the party’s primary focus of returning government to the U.S. Constitution’s provisions and limitations.
2000 & 2004 The party achieved ballot access in 41 and 36 states respectively. Though the party was on fewer state ballots in 2004, the vote tally increased by 40% compared to the 2000 elections while other alternative parties lost ground or barely matched their 2000 vote totals.
2008 The Constitution Party was on the ballot in 37 states. Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin and vice-presidential candidate Darrell Castle, endorsed by former GOP presidential candidate, Congressman Ron Paul, polled a higher percentage of the vote than any other Constitution Party presidential ticket in 27 states for a total of 199,314 votes.
The CP is the third largest political party in terms of voter registration. There are 367,000 registered Constitution Party voters. (This number does not take into account the many states which do not tally voter registrations by party. In addition, thousands of voters registered with other parties have chosen to vote for Constitution Party candidates at the national, state and local levels.)
One quarter of all voters nation-wide are registered as independent or as members of a third party. Over the last 10 years this has been the largest growing segment of voter registrations. Some states third party or independent registrations approach 1/3 of all registered voters.
Independent voters are playing a bigger role in national and local politics as disappointment with both the Republican and Democratic parties increases.
A Fox News poll (www.foxnews.com) showed 67% of Americans said they’d consider voting for an independent candidate. An earlier Rasmussen survey showed 58% said it would be good for the United States to have a “truly competitive” third party. Voters are now weighing their options, especially on the issue of immigration. According to Rasmussen, 35% of conservatives said they’d pick a third party candidate over a Republican.
In 2012, the Constitution Party expects to have ballot access in all 50 states.