Category Archives: Independents

Independent Congressional Candidate Files Lawsuit Against California’s Ban on Write-in Voting in General Election

Theo Milonopoulos

From Ballot Access News:

On July 30, Theo Milonopoulos filed a federal lawsuit against California’s ban on write-in votes in the general election for Congress and partisan state office. Central district, 2:14cv-5973.

Milonopoulos filed as a declared write-in for U.S. House, 33rd district, for the June 2014 primary, but because his filing was a last-minute decision, he did not have time to campaign for write-in votes, and the Statement of Votes credits him with only one write-in at the primary.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: CA’s Top Two Primary Prevented Marianne Williamson from Winning Election

In 2010, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, with the help of an election law expert, Richard Winger, and many others, led an all-partisan nationwide effort against California’s Top Two Primary, also known as Proposition 14, because it was a hindrance to the ability of independent and alternative party candidates in getting elected.… Read more ...

New Jersey Independent Congressional Candidate Not Allowed to Pursue Ballot Access Lawsuit Without Paying $3,500 for Transcript

From Ballot Access News:

Ed Forchion, an independent candidate for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd district, was ruled off the ballot after his petition was challenged. He needed 100 valid signatures. He submitted 200. But his petition was challenged, and election administrators determined that he had only 99 valid signatures.… Read more ...

Christina Tobin: The Pursuit of Money Out of Politics – A Lesson In Unity

From Free & Equal:

Dear Free & Equal Supporters,

The United We Stand Festival hosted by the Free & Equal Elections Foundation, originally scheduled to be held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion May 10th, was relocated to The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles just 24 hours before showtime and was made free to the public.… Read more ...

Former West Virginia County Commissioner Hopes to be Elected to Legislature this Year as an Independent

From Ballot Access News:

Brenda Hutchinson has qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates in district 58. See this story in the Cumberland Times-News, which is a Maryland newspaper that covers the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. She was a Morgan County Commissioner 2006-2012.… Read more ...

Jim Jenkins Questions Farm Bureau’s Endorsement of Republican Ben Sasse

Press Release from the Jenkins for Senate campaign:

Nonpartisan U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins, today sent a letter to the Nebraska Farm Bureau questioning their endorsement of Ben Sasse in the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Senator Mike Johanns.

View entire the Farm Bureau letter here.

“Several weeks ago, your organization made the decision to endorse Ben Sasse in the race for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Mike Johanns.… Read more ...

Coalition For Free and Open Elections Holds Annual Board Meeting in New York City

From Ballot Access News:

COFOE, the Coalition for Free & Open Elections, holds an annual board meeting. The minutes of the June 2014 meeting held in New York city are now posted at COFOE’s web page. COFOE is a loose coalition of most of the nation’s nationally-organized minor parties, and has existed since 1985.… Read more ...

IVN: Independent Candidates See 2014 as Opportunity for Change in Washington

By Glenn Davis:

Since 1877 (the end of Reconstruction), there have been 111 third party or independent candidates elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1949 (the Modern Era), there have only been six.

How many independents are sitting in the House today? Zero. That’s right, zero. All 432 current representatives (3 seats are vacant) are members of either the Republican or Democratic parties.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: Can Progressives Learn from Eric Cantor’s Defeat?

Ralph Nader at, posted Jue 13:

The stunning upset defeat of House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) by Professor David Brat, an economist from Randolph-Macon College, in Tuesday’s Republican Primary has several takeaways for progressives besides envy and shame over why they do not directly take on the corporate Democrats.… Read more ...

The State: American Party, Petition Candidates Take Political Stage in SC

By Cassie Cope:

The Americans hope to rise, the Greens say they are refocusing and two petition candidates have millions to throw into their own campaigns.

Thus far in 2014, that is the story of the wild card candidates — the third-party and petition hopefuls — who will be on November’s ballot, where one third party will disappear from statewide races, another is making its debut and two candidates with personal fortunes hope to make waves in the races for governor and the U.S.… Read more ...

Nick Troiano Reaches Signature Requirement

Excerpt from an article by Jill Harkins at PoliticsPA:

Nick Troiano, 25-year-old independent candidate for PA’s 10th congressional district, announced via press release today that he has collected more than the 3,600 signatures needed to be placed on the ballot in November.

He will be releasing the exact number in an announcement from the Capitol steps on July 30th at 10 a.m.… Read more ...