Category Archives: Third parties, general

Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Lowering Petition for Newly-Qualifying Parties from 5% to 3%

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On the afternoon of April 22, the Oklahoma Senate passed HB 2181. As amended earlier in the Senate Rules Committee, it lowers the petition for a newly-qualifying party from 5% of the last vote cast, to 3% of the last gubernatorial vote.

The bill already passed the House at 1%.… Read more ...

South Dakota Referendum Petition, to Overturn Bad New Ballot Access Law, Begins to Circulate

aflcioFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In March 2015, South Dakota made its ballot access laws worse. SB 69 moved the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from March 29 to March 1; said no one can independent candidate petitions if they are registered into a qualified party; increased the number of signatures for major party members to get on a party primary ballot, and made their deadlines earlier as well.… Read more ...

J.R. Myers: Tundra Roots Coalition, An Alaskan Tale

J.R. Myers

From Alaska Constitution Party chairman J.R. Myers, submitted to IPR for publication:

What is going on in Alaska politics? Who are some of the players? What can we expect? Oil prices are dropping and are now far below State of Alaska budget predictions of over $100 a barrel. Output and actual oil flow volume have decreased precipitously in the Alaska Pipeline.… Read more ...

Commission on Presidential Debates Will Set Up On-Line Process for Public Input


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 1, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it will soon announce a transparent online process for receiving and reviewing submissions from any organization or individual who wishes to share their ideas about the debates, including the criteria used to determine who will be invited to debate.… Read more ...

Scott McLarty: Hillary Won’t Save Us, Neither Will Bernie or Liz

Scott McLarty

Scott McLarty

Article by Scott McLarty originally posted to OpEdNews:

21st-century time bombs like global warming require a drastic change in the U.S. political landscape

March 31 news item: President Obama’s Interior Department has approved leases for high-risk oil drilling in the fragile Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea north of the Bering Strait.… Read more ...

Free and Equal: Our America Initiative Will Sue Commission on Presidential Debates


From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

Our America Initiative Releases Educational Video about Why They are Suing the Commission on Presidential Debates

The Our America Initiative has just released a powerful video exposing the fraud of the privately-owned Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that unjustly took over hosting the main presidential debates after the League of Women Voters permanently dropped their support.… Read more ...

Arizona Governor Signs Bill Making Ballot Access Harder for Libertarian Party


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Last month the Arizona legislature passed HB 2608, which makes it more difficult for a member of a small qualified party to get on the primary ballot. On April 14, the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, signed the bill. It sharply increases the number of signatures for a candidate of a small qualified party to get on the primary ballot.… Read more ...

Nevada Senate Committee Amends SB 499 to Improve Petition Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties

Richard Winger

Richard Winger

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 10, the Nevada Senate Committee on Legislative Operations & Elections amended SB 499. The bill no longer provides for a top-two primary. Now it moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June. Thanks to Janine Hansen for this news.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: What dubious distinction does the U.S. share with Nigeria?

via Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Among the fifty most populous nations in the world, the only two countries in which only two political parties are represented in the nation’s legislative lower house are the United States and Nigeria. If “two-party system” is defined to mean a nation with only two parties represented in the national legislature, then it is clear that the “two-party system” has been rejected by governments and voters all over the world.

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Greg Orman Advocates for More Inclusive Presidential Debates

Greg Orman

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Greg Orman, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas last year who came fairly close to winning, has this op-ed in the Concord Monitor. It advocates more inclusive presidential general election debates.

Excerpt from the Orman op-ed:

This duopoly, facilitated by the CPD, is distorting the marketplace of ideas in our political system, and perpetuating status quo by protecting the major parties from real, unfettered competition.… Read more ...

Texas Bill to Force Minor Party Candidates to Pay Filing Fees Passes Committee

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 6, the Texas House Elections Committee passed HB 464, which requires candidates nominated in convention to pay filing fees. The vote was 5-1. Traditionally, in Texas, filing fees have only been required for candidates running in partisan primaries, and the money is used to help administer the primaries.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee Amends Ballot Access Bill from 1% to 3%, But Passes It

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 8, the Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee amended HB 2181, the bill easing ballot access for newly-qualifying parties. The bill as passed by the House sets the petition at 1% of the last gubernatorial vote. As amended by the Senate Rules Committee, the bill is 3% of the last gubernatorial vote.… Read more ...