Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Ballot Access News Article on the Likelihood of a New “Independent Party” in Louisiana

Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this article, it is likely that a ballot-qualified Independent Party will soon come into existence in Louisiana. Louisiana permits groups to become ballot-qualified parties if they have at least 1,000 registered members, and pay a one-time fee of $1,000.

There are approximately 80,000 voters who wrote in “Independent” on the voter registration forms, in the blank that asks the applicant to choose a party.… Read more ...


George Phillies: Political Strategy

George Phillies via the LP state chairs email list:

Joyous Yule! to my Fellow State Chairs!

The message of this somewhat extended analysis is that you have to choose a strategy to match your election laws. Readers in Texas and Indiana, with totally different methods of getting people on the ballot, will choose totally different strategies:

2014 Massachusetts State Elections: Four Political Strategies.… Read more ...

Most Successful Alternative Party Candidate in a Gubernatorial Race in 2014 Spent $36 on His Campaign


Ballot Access News:

The best percentage of the vote for any minor party gubernatorial candidate in 2014 was Bob Healey’s showing for Governor of Rhode Island, on the Moderate Party ticket. Healey claimed he only spent $36 on the entire campaign. PolitiFact investigated that claim and found it to be true.… Read more ...

Level the Playing Field, the Organization that is Working for Better Presidential Debates, is the Successor of Americans Elect

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

As already noted, Level the Playing Field is the organization that has asked the Federal Election Commission to revise its rules for presidential general election debates. According to the law firm that is representing Level the Playing Field, LPF “is the successor to Americans Elect.” Also see here.… Read more ...

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 ...