Johnson, McMullin submit petitions to be on Iowa ballot
James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS — A handful of presidential hopefuls filed paperwork Friday to be on the Iowa ballot, joining major-party candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
A petition from Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, was submitted and received by the Iowa Secretary of State Office Friday, a spokesman said.
Evan McMullin, who was a senior adviser to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and later chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, also filed his petition to be on the ballot. SOS staff were reviewing the paperwork to see if he had met the requirements to be on the ballot, including obtaining 1,500 signatures of voters in at least 10 counties. His supporters were canvassing at the Iowa State Fair earlier in the week to obtain signatures.
The deadline for filing was 5 p.m. Friday. SOS spokesman Kevin Hall said two other candidates from non-party political organizations submitted paperwork. It was still being reviewed.
The GOP and Democratic parties do not have to submit petitions because they have ballot status based on having won at least 2 percent of the vote in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential election.
Challenges to the petitions may be filed until Aug. 26.
The complete list of candidates who have filed for state and federal office can be found at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2016/general/generalcandidatelist2016.pdf.