Category Archives: Independents

Christina Tobin Speaking in Los Angeles on Sunday

From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

Free and Equal founder Christina Tobin will be a featured speaker at Full Circle Venice, a yoga and art collective based in Venice, CA. She will be addressing the need to inspire people to register to vote, run for office as independents, and get engaged in the electoral process, and how building community is important to this movement.… Read more ...

West Virginia Governor Signs Bill that Abolishes Straight-Ticket Device

Ballot Access News:

On March 25, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 249, which eliminates the straight-ticket device. West Virginia is the eleventh state to have repealed the device in the last fifty years. The others have been Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.… Read more ...

Tentative Minutes of 2015 COFOE Board Meeting Available Online

Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) is a very loose coalition of most of the nation’s active nationally-organized minor parties, along with other organizations that care about their election law problems. It was founded in 1985 in New York city. The Board meets in person once per year.

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VT Progressive Party Nominee for Lt. Gov. Ordered to Pay $72,000

Dean Corren

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In November 2014, Dean Corren was the Progressive Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor. He was also nominated by the Democratic Party, and he received 36.1% of the general election vote. Now the Attorney General, William Sorrell, has sued Corren, saying that an e-mail sent by the Vermont Democratic Party to its list of supporters, inviting recipients to attend a rally featuring U.S.… Read more ...

Business Insider: “There are 196 people running for president”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is widely being reported as the “first” candidate to announce his 2016 presidential candidacy, but regular IPR readers will know that’s not true.

Leslie Larson at Business Insider has a new article about the 196 individuals who have already filed with the FEC to run for President in 2016, including a breakdown of their party affiliations.… Read more ...

Arizona Senate Tentatively Passes Bill to Make Primary Ballot Access More Difficult for Libertarians


Ballot Access News:

On March 24, the Arizona Senate tentatively passed HB 2608, which makes it more difficult for Libertarian candidates to get on the Libertarian Party primary ballot. Current law says a member of a small qualified party that is not a new party needs signatures from one-half of 1% of the party’s members.… Read more ...

Marianne Williamson Encourages We the People to Get Involved in the Electoral Process

From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

On March 12th, 2015, syndicated radio talk show host Sunny Chayes (Singin’ in the Rain on UBN TV) had on New York Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson to discuss the importance of sacred activism, political involvement, and her Women in Politics event, Sister Giant.… Read more ...

Bloomberg Editors: Break Up CPD Debate Duopoly!

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In an editorial titled “Presidential Debates 2016: Bigger, Broader, Better,” published earlier today, the Bloomberg editorial staff respond to the Change The Rule/Level the Playing Field proposal to include only ONE additional candidate in the CPD debates.  They propose the following alternative:

“[T]he first debate might include all candidates who have qualified for the ballot in a majority of states, with the potential to win 270 electoral votes.… Read more ...

Carl Person sues to overturn Bloomberg’s NYC bike lanes

Carl Person

article from NY Daily News: 

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy of installing pedestrian malls, bike lanes and bicycle rental stations on city streets is under attack in a lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Carl Person, the former Libertarian Party candidate for state attorney general, says the measures are illegal because the mayor never did an environmental impact statement as required by law.

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South Dakota Governor Signs Bill that Injures Ballot Access

Dennis Daugaard

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On March 20, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed SB 69, which injures ballot access for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates. The bill had passed the legislature on a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it.

The bill says members of qualified parties can no longer sign an independent candidate’s petition.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: ‘Going Along with the Donkey as Long as the Elephants are Worse’

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When the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has its annual howling convention in the Washington, DC area, the mainstream mass media expands its coverage like an accordion from the weeks leading up to the gathering to the analysis of the aftermath. Why? Because a demanding CPAC summons all the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination and woe be the potential candidates who excuse themselves.… Read more ...