Category Archives: Third parties, general

Ballot Access News: South Dakota Amends SB 69 to Make Ballot Access More Difficult for Independent Candidates

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 28, the South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee amended SB 69 to make ballot access more difficult for independent candidates. Furthermore, the committee defeated an amendment that would have eased the deadline for a newly-qualifying party to submit its petitions, and approved the original part of the bill that moves the new party deadline from March to February.… Read more ...

George F. Will Column on Possible Independent Run by Bernie Sanders

George Will

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

George F. Will has this column about U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and the possibility that he will run for president outside the two major parties. Will says Sanders has said he might have trouble getting on ballots, and then chides Sanders, saying George Wallace got on in 1968 in all states even though Wallace had a “miniscule” budget.… Read more ...

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 ...

New Hampshire Ballot Access Bill Introduced by Ex-Libertarian Max Abramson

Max Abramson

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson (R-Seabrook) has introduced a bill to lower the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Current law requires 3,000 signatures for statewide office. The bill would convert petitions for all office to one-tenth of 1% of the population.

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Oklahoma Ballot Access Bills Introduced in House

Jeffrey Hickman

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

As already noted, a bill to improve Oklahoma ballot access was introduced recently in the State Senate. Now there are two even better bills introduced in the House.

HB 2181, by Speaker of the House Jeffrey Hickman (R-Fairview), would lower the petition to recognize a party to 1% of the last gubernatorial vote.… Read more ...

Seven parties to participate participate in UK debates

Nick Clegg (Lib Dem), David Cameron (Con.) and Gordon Brown (Lab.) debate in 2010

Nick Clegg (Lib Dem), David Cameron (Con.) and Gordon Brown (Lab.) debate in 2010

In the UK a controversy over which parties to include in the televised debates seems to have been resolved in an unexpected manner. Instead of four or five parties (as the dispute originally hinged on the participation of the Greens), the BBC and ITV have announced that they will extend invitations to seven parties to participate.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Bill to Ease Ballot Access

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

David Holt

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) has introduced SB 318. It lowers the number of signatures needed for a newly-qualifying party to get on the ballot, and also lowers the number of signatures for an independent presidential candidate, or the presidential nominee of an unqualified party, to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

South Dakota Bill Moves Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Party Petition from March to February

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee has introduced SB 69, which moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from March to February. The bill was introduced at the request of the State Board of Elections and the Secretary of State.

These state officials probably don’t remember that in 1984, South Dakota’s Attorney General and Secretary of State admitted that a February petition deadline for a newly-qualifying party is unconstitutional, and the legislature then moved that deadline to April.… Read more ...

Richard Winger Featured In Article About California’s “Top-Two” Lawsuit Appeal

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Partisan Advocate Fears Calif. Court May Side with Voters

Jan 16, 2015
By Shawn M. Griffiths

On Thursday, January 15, oral arguments were made before the California State Appeals Court in San Francisco in the case Rubin v. Bowen. Third parties continue to challenge the nonpartisan, top-two open primary in the state, claiming that the system violates the association rights of political parties and disenfranchises third-party voters in the general election.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court Upholds Virginia Law Putting Major Parties on the Ballot First

Robert Sarvis

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 13, U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Payne upheld the Virginia law that says nominees of the qualified parties should always appear at the top of the ballot, relative to other candidates. Sarvis v Judd, eastern district, 3:14cv-479. The opinion says no evidence is needed, and the state’s motion to dismiss is granted.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: California State Appeals Court Hearing Goes Badly for Minor Parties

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 15, the California State Appeals Court based in San Francisco heard oral arguments in Rubin v Bowen, the case in which minor parties sued to overturn the top-two primary system on the grounds that the system disenfranchises voters in the general election who wish to vote for minor party candidates.… Read more ...