Here's an analysis of the 2007 Indianapolis municipal elections by Chairman Barry Campbell from the latest Libertarian Party of Marion County newsletter:
"In 2003, we did not run a mayoral campaign and, in part, I think this year's totals reflect that. I think they speak to the importance of running candidates in all races. In 1999, voter turnout was 37%. In '07, it was down to 26%. In '99, Andy Horning received 3.69% of the vote. This year, Fred Peterson received 2.31%. I also believe that due to the contentiousness of the race just prior to the election, many voters who may have voted for a third party candidate reverted to their instinctive two-party habits.
In 2003, with a 27% voter turnout, .57% voted straight party Libertarian. That number doubled to 1.14% this year.
In 2003, our at-large council candidates received between .47% and .87% of the vote. This year, they received 1.33% to 2.05%. More than doubling.
In 2003, Margaret Kantz received 1.71% of the vote in District 1. This year - 2.91%. A 70% increase.
In 2003, Andy Hart received 3.07% in District 16. This year, Paul Dijak-Robinson received 3.44%. A 12% increase.
In 2003, Robin Campbell received 2.67% in District 20. This year, I received 3.67%. A 37% increase.
In Districts 13 and 22, we went from active to inactive campaigns, so percentages were down, but Bob Djordjevich received a respectable 2.66% in 13 and Mohinder Dindiyal received 3.09% in 22.
Dennis Wilson switched from a district council race in Beech Grove to an at-large race, receiving 3.57%.
As in Indianapolis, we had no mayoral candidate in Lawrence in 2003. In this year's contentious race, Chris Ward received 1.84%.
Overall, we've seen very impressive increases over the last municipal elections. In general, we are easily past the dreaded 2% level even as the number of voters continues to decline.
Again, thanks to all for representing the Libertarian Party of Marion County this year. Barry"