Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Libertarian Party wins most midterm votes of any alternative party in US in last 100 years

These numbers have now been slightly revised. See below.

Via Blog and Ballot Access News:

The Libertarian Party won more votes in top-of-ticket races in the November 2014 election than any alternative party in the United States in the last 100 years and the second-highest in the nation’s history.… Read more ...

BioEdge Interview with Transhumanist Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

From Xavier Symons at BioEdge:

Zoltan Istvan is an American writer, futurist and philosopher. He is also perhaps the best-known proponent of transhumanism movement. He spoke with BioEdge earlier this week.

Q. The latest news in transhumanist circles, I gather, is that you will be running for President of the United States in 2016.… Read more ...

D-R Party of New Jersey Plans to Run Legislative Candidates in 2015 in Every District

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Democratic-Republican Party of New Jersey, which appears on the ballot as the “D-R Party” (because the state won’t print the actual name of the party), had more candidates for congress in 2014 than any other party in New Jersey, other than the two major parties.… Read more ...

Zoltan Istvan to Run for President as Candidate of the Transhumanist Party

Writer & philosopher Zoltan Istvan has announced that he is running for President in 2016 as the candidate of the new Transhumanist Party, which he founded this year. Istvan made the announcement in a Huffington Post article entitled Should a Transhumanist Run for US President? From the announcement:

I’m in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President.

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Daily Newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts Story on United Independent Party’s Registration Drive

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The Republican, daily newspaper for Springfield, Massachusetts, has this story about the United Independent Party’s voter registration drive. The party needs to increase its registration during the next period so as to maintain ballot status after the November 2016 election. It is ballot-qualified now, but it will lose that status in November 2016 unless it either has registration of 1% of the state total, or unless it runs a presidential nominee who gets 3% of the vote.… Read more ...

United Independent Party Launches Voter Registration Drive

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The United Independent Party of Massachusetts became ballot-qualified on November 4, when it polled over 3% for a statewide office (for Governor, for Evan Falchuk). However, it will go off the ballot in November 2016 unless it polls 3% in that election as well, and the only statewide offices up in 2016 in Massachusetts is President.… Read more ...

Washington Post Profiles Moderate Party candidate

Bob Healey did not win the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. No one expected him to, seeing as he didn’t plan to raise any money during his campaign.

He did, however, win 22 percent of the vote — 10 percent more than the last Brown University poll had projected — while Democratic candidate Gina Raimondo beat Republican Allan Fung 40-36.Read more ...

Several Single-State Parties Score High Vote Totals, Minnesota IP Loses Party Status

This report outlines some strong (and not-so-strong) performances turned in by political parties that are currently active in only one state:

In Hawaii, Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann won more than 11% of the vote in his race for Governor.

In Massachusetts, United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk appears to have come in third in his race for Governor with more than 3% of the vote.… Read more ...

Uncovered Politics: Will 2014 Be Remembered as a Breakout Year?

Greg Orman

By Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

October 29, 2014 5:54 pm

As recently as a few weeks ago it looked like we were heading for a record year for third party and independent candidates in the modern era. Independents in South Dakota, Kansas, Maine and Alaska all seemed like they had victory within their grasp.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Minor Parties Have a Lot Riding on Their Percentage of the Vote on November 4

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

One of the reasons the November 4 election is suspenseful is because there are so many states in which it is difficult to predict whether various minor parties will poll enough votes to obtain, or keep, recognized party status.

Alabama: although no minor party candidate has any candidates on the ballot for statewide office, parties can also obtain recognized party status, for county office only, if they poll 20% of the vote for a countywide county office.… Read more ...

Boston Globe: Text ‘Aye,’ Matey! The Pirate Party’s Push for Direct Democracy

By Joseph E. Hamilton

On Tuesday, voters in two Massachusetts districts will find Pirates on their ballots for the State House of Representatives. The candidates in question—Noelani Kamelamela, running in Somerville’s 27th Middlesex District, and Joseph Guertin, on the ballot in the 8th Worcester District—are the first Bay Staters to run for office under the banner of the international Pirate movement.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Compares Baker/Coakley Debate to SpongeBob SquarePants

From Falchuk’s campaign website:

If you want serious, substantive conversation on the future of Massachusetts from televised debates, you have to watch the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium debate held in Springfield (, the WBZ-TV debate in Boston (, and MassLive’s excellent online commentary on the unfortunate Worcester debate (… Read more ...