Category Archives: Third parties, general

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 ...

Free & Equal: Are America’s Elections Rigged?

From a Free and Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Gary Franchi, anchor of the NextNewsNetwork, investigated the nature of elections in America and if they are indeed tilted to favor establishment candidates and political parties.

Click here or on the image above to watch the report.

“When it comes to filling legislative seats in Washington, unless your name is tagged with a big ‘D’ for Democrat, or a big ‘R’ for Republican, you’re often treated like a ‘nobody,’” Franchi reported.… Read more ...

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Invalidate Alabama’s March Petition Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties


Ballot Access News reports that the 11th Circuit Court has ruled that Alabama’s March petition deadline for newly qualifying parties is Constitutional, and another article at Ballot Access News mentions that Alabama is among several Southern states with efforts underway to make primaries even earlier, which in Alabama would mean earlier party petition deadlines.… Read more ...

Texas Bill Would Require Minor Party Candidates Nominated in Convention to Pay Filing Fees

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 8, Texas Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) introduced HB 464, which would require candidates nominated by minor party convention to pay the same filing fees that major party candidates must pay to get on a primary ballot.

Traditionally, major political parties in Texas paid for their own primaries, and were only able to afford them by charging filing fees to candidates who filed to run in a primary.… 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 ...

Oklahoma Policy Institute Publishes Research Paper on Oklahoma’s Need to Revise Election Laws

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 16, the Oklahoma Policy Institute published this 20-page report, “Repairing Oklahoma’s Broken Democracy”, authored by Dr. David Blatt. The Oklahoma Policy Institute is a well-respected 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005.

The Report first discusses voter participation in Oklahoma, and that part of the report is overwhelmingly convincing that Oklahoma elections are very flawed.… Read more ...

Change in campaign finance law could help smaller-party budgets


Via Richard Winger:

Among the provisions tucked away in the “cromnibus” spending bill being rushed through Congress, and that just cleared its main hurdle by passing the House, is an interesting change to current law that could potentially have a substantial impact on minor parties.

The amendment would triple the current contribution limits for national political parties, provided the funds are earmarked for one of three purposes: conventions, legal expenses, or headquarters.… Read more ...

Georgia Libertarian Christine Austin running in special election on January 6, 2015 for State House of Representatives, District 50

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Christine Austin
Christine Austin

Christine Austin is running in a special election in Georgia for the state House of Representatives, District 50, as a Libertarian on January 6, 2015.

To get on the ballot in a general election race for the Georgia state legislature, a candidate from a non-recognized party must collect signatures equal to 5% of the registered voters in the office’s district.… Read more ...

NH Bill Would Reduce Petition Requirements, Ease Definition of “Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Newly-elected New Hampshire State Representative Max Abramson has pre-filed HB 713, which eases ballot access. It would lower the vote test for party status from 4% to 2%. It would reduce the petition for establishment of a new party from 3% of the last gubernatorial vote to 1,000 signatures.… Read more ...

Alabama Constitution Party Expects to Receive a Free List of the Registered Voters of the County in which it is Ballot-Qualified

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On November 4, 2014, the Constitution Party polled 35% of the vote in a countywide race in Marshall County, Alabama. Alabama law says if a party polls 20% for any countywide partisan position, it becomes ballot-qualified in that county, so that it can nominate candidates for county office without petitioning.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: Solutions Presented at Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium

From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

Solutions and reforms to America’s electoral system were presented at the first annual Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium at Infinity Park’s Cherry Creek Room in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 15th. Colorado-based Free Speech TV and the Open Media Foundation were the host broadcasters of the Symposium along with the Free and Equal Network.… Read more ...

Seattle Times: Activists in Alternative Parties Discuss Cooperating in State


Excerpt from this Seattle Times article, written by Joseph O’Sullivan:

It sounds like the start of a joke: A libertarian, a socialist, an anarchist and a Green Party member walk into a room.

But at the Traditions Cafe on Sunday night, representatives of the four disparate political movements took seats on a low riser in front of a crowd of about 40.… Read more ...