Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

Ballot Access News: Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party.

It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1% of the state total by the end of 2015, then the party’s qualified status will continue into 2018.… Read more ...

Phil Fuehrer: Cult of Personality? Not Exactly

From Phil Fuehrer at the Independence Party of Minnesota website:

The Independence Party has often been criticized as being a party perpetually in search of the next big name to run for office. Moving from Jesse Ventura, to Tim Penny, to Peter Hutchinson, Dean Barkley, Tom Horner etc., etc. A secondary criticism has been that the IP’s ideology simply shifts with the candidate du election-saison.… Read more ...

Stop Common Core Party Will Change its Name to “Reform Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Stop Common Core Party, which is a ballot-qualified party in New York state, is in the process of changing its name to “Reform Party.” See this story. This is the first time a ballot-qualified party named “Reform Party” has ever existed in New York.… Read more ...

New York Daily News Editorializes for a Voter Registration Form Change to Prevent Confusion Between Independent Voters and Independence Party


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This New York Daily News editorial says the New York voter registration form should be redesigned to lessen the chances of confusion between independent voters and members of the Independence Party. The editorial wants the form to first ask voters if they do or do not wish to enroll in a party, with “Yes” or “No” boxes.… Read more ...

State Legislators in North Dakota and Maine Submit Bill Proposals to Improve Ballot Access

Ben Chipman

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

State legislators in North Dakota and Maine have started the process of introducing ballot access improvement bills. In North Dakota, Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks) has asked the bill-drafting staff to prepare a bill that would eliminate the unique North Dakota requirement that a party must attract a certain number of voters into its primary, in order to nominate.… Read more ...

New Online Petition Launched for More Inclusive General Election Presidential Debates

Ballot Access News:

On December 31, 2014, a new on-line petition directed toward the Commission on Presidential Debates was launched. The petition asks the Commission to invite all presidential candidates who are theoretically capable of winning the election. In all U.S. history, no presidential election has ever had more than seven such candidates.

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Information on Three Minor Party Presidential Hopefuls

Jim Hayden – Constitution Party

Jim Hayden has declared his candidacy for the Constitution Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. From the front page of his campaign website:

I am the only Presidential Candidate with the combat training and actual combat experience to secure our borders and evict those living in this country illegally while engaging our Muslim Enemies and defeating them.

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Jim Cook: Americans Elect Corporate Leaders Ditched Populism Entirely to Support 2014 Private Equity Senate Candidate


Jim Cook at Irregular Times:

Last October, I noted the strong connection between Americans Elect corporate leadership and the 2014 Senate candidacy of private equity candidate Greg Orman through an entity called the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate, founded by Americans Elect CEO and private equity financier Peter Ackerman.… Read more ...

Evan Falchuk Op-Ed in Springfield Daily Newspaper Publicizes Lack of Choice on Massachusetts Ballots

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Evan Falchuk, founder of the United Independent Party, has this op-ed in the Springfield Republican daily newspaper. Falchuk mentions that most Massachusetts general elections for state legislature had only one person on the ballot, although, unfortunately, he doesn’t explain why. Massachusetts has the nation’s most restrictive laws for candidates getting on a primary ballot, especially for Congress and statewide office.… Read more ...

Associated Press Story on Minnesota’s Independence Party Losing its Qualified Status

Ballot Access News:

The Associated Press has this story, saying the Minnesota Secretary of State has formally notified the Independence Party that it has lost its qualified status, something it has enjoyed for twenty years. The party needed to poll 5% for one of the statewide offices. The party was very unlucky, polling only 4.9% for Secretary of State.… Read more ...

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 ...