ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Call it collusion or a gentlemen’s agreement, but three of Minnesota’s minor political parties are working together to climb back into relevance.
The Independence, Green and Libertarian parties agreed to stay out of each other’s way in statewide races this year. That’s why voters will see only one candidate from those parties in races for governor, state auditor and secretary of state on the ballot in Tuesday’s election.
Getting 5 percent or more in a single statewide election unlocks major party status, which comes with automatic ballot access and more campaign subsidies.
Independence Party Chair Phil Fuehrer first broached the idea after crunching the numbers and realizing the minor parties were getting in each other’s way.
The Independence Party lost major party status in 2014, and the Green Party briefly held it in the early 2000s.