Tennessee Court Decision Puts Green, Constitution Parties on the Ballot

Ballot Access News reports that a US District Court decision has put the Green and Constitution parties on the Tennessee ballot. Both parties have in recent years collected thousands of signatures in that state, but failed to make the cutoff which was over 40,000 valid. The most recent Ballot Access News also reports that Americans Elect has finished petitioning in Tennessee. The Libertarian Party was not part of the lawsuit and has not made any real attempt (at least recently, if ever) to do the full party petition in Tennessee, so it is still not on the ballot there. However, Tennessee has one of the easiest requirements of any state to put an independent presidential ticket on the ballot with 275 signatures (previously 25), and the LP customarily qualifies that way. Tennessee is now one of two states (along with Wisconsin) where the Constitution Party is on the ballot but the Libertarians are not. Greens, but not Libertarians, are currently on the ballot in DC, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and West Virginia. Tennessee is now the only state where both the Green and Constitution Parties are on the ballot but the Libertarians are not.

8 thoughts on “Tennessee Court Decision Puts Green, Constitution Parties on the Ballot

  1. Richard Winger

    There is some reason to believe that the legislature will now pass a more reasonable law, in time for this year’s election, that can be used by the Libertarian Party and perhaps others.

  2. 24/7 the T-Rex of Talk Radio

    Ballot Access laws! Just another way the MEAN OLD “man” keeps his people down!! Wonderful news for the CP and GP congrats !!!

    Now can someone explain HOW this can be? Did the judge change the law on his own ? If they didn’t qualify , what has changed now ?

    Does anyone know the (rough) cost it will be to get the LP’s P/VP ticket on the Ballot on all 51 state(DC) ballots (from where they are now located with access, 29 states I think)? RJ Harris and volunteers are helping in OK so that will help.

    The Constitution Party needs you- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uFVmJhDCjI

  3. paulie Post author

    Now can someone explain HOW this can be? Did the judge change the law on his own ? If they didn’t qualify , what has changed now ?

    Follow the link in the post above to the original post at Ballot Access News, the legal details are there.

    Does anyone know the (rough) cost it will be to get the LP’s P/VP ticket on the Ballot on all 51 state(DC) ballots (from where they are now located with access, 29 states I think)?

    I could work up a reasonable estimate, but it might take about an hour. Why do you ask?

  4. 24/7 the T-Rex of Talk Radio

    I ask because they need to start fund raising to get the Ticket on all 51. If the effort is made now they can succeed.

    GROW or die, it’s a simple matter. Like Gingrich said in one of the debates, Romney would just manage the continual DECLINE! The LP needs to start GROWING again, END the decline!

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