Category Archives: Third parties, general

Public Radio Covers Pennsylvania Ballot Access Bill

votingmachinesFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

National Public Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has this story about the pending bill in the legislature to improve ballot access. The story does not mention that the bill, SB 495, also eases petitioning for independent candidates.

From the article cited, written by Mark Nootbaar:

It took just 500 write-in votes for lifelong Democrats Chelsa Wagner and John Weinstein to get their names on the November ballots as Republicans, but it will take 2,328 signatures if a third-party candidate wants to have the same opportunity.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Wachtler Represents the Opposition on Liberty Radio

Joe Cristiano of Liberty Talk Radio (left) and Opposition News’ Mark Wachtler (right) from Thursday’s broadcast. Image courtesy of the Illinois Herald.

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

Opposition News editor and author Mark Wachtler was the featured guest on this week’s Liberty Talk Radio. The one-hour televised radio show touched on numerous subjects.… Read more ...

Political Science Essay Says True Independents Are Only 10% of Electorate

No Rep Dem ButtonFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Political scientist professor Alan I. Abramowitz and PhD student Steven Webster have published this essay about partisanship in the United States. The main point is to show that over half of Americans have strong hostility and dislike toward one major party. The dislike of one major party among these voters is stronger than their liking for the other major party.… Read more ...

New FEC rule request on presidential debates, noting flaws in Level the Playing Field proposal

via Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On June 3, and its attorney, Harry Kresky, asked the Federal Election Commission to issue a new rule about general election presidential debates. Like the earlier request by Level the Playing Field, the request for a new rule seeks to expand entry into those debates.

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Politifact WI: “Half-true” to make 100% true statements about ballot access, unless gerrymandering also mentioned


Andy Craig at the 2015 Wisconsin Libertarian Convention

Via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Politifact Wisconsin: 

Ballot laws mean only half of Assembly races are contested, Libertarian says

By Dave Umhoefer on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.

When state Assembly seats are on the ballot, Wisconsin voters have far fewer candidates to choose from than residents of neighboring Minnesota and Michigan, a group called Competitive Elections Wisconsin claims.

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Arkansas Makes Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Independent Candidates Much Earlier

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 29, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 8, the bill that moves the primary for all office in 2016 from late May to early March, and which moves the petition deadline for new parties to September 2015 and the non-presidential independent deadline to November 2015.… Read more ...

Nevada Bill Easing Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Non-Presidential Independent Candidates Passes Legislature

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 22, the Nevada Assembly passed SB 499, the bill that eases petition deadlines for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independent candidates. The bill now goes to the Governor.

The bill moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from February to June.… Read more ...

Washington Times Story on Libertarian Party Presidential Debate Lawsuit

govjohnsondeniedJennifer Harper at The Washington Times has written this article about the Libertarian Party’s involvement in the Our America Initiative lawsuit over the CPD’s rules for presidential debate inclusion. The article also mentions the Green Party’s involvement, as well as the 2012 Free & Equal debate featuring Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.… Read more ...

Wisconsin Libertarians name and shame unopposed legislators to reform ballot access

Competitive Elections Wisconsin has compiled the following list of forty-seven state representatives who were elected without an opponent on Nov. 4, 2014, out of the ninety-nine members of the Assembly elected every two years. The group’s motto says it all about their motive: only one name on the ballot isn’t an election at all.… Read more ...

Sixth Circuit Upholds Discriminatory Michigan Ballot Access Law


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 20, the Sixth Circuit upheld the aspect of Michigan ballot access laws for new parties that requires newly-qualifying parties to submit approximately twice as many signatures as the number of votes needed for an established party to remain on the ballot.… Read more ...

Former Bush Jr. Official Supports Open Presidential Debates

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from June 10, 2008 to January 15, 2009. The following is an email blast from Ambassador Glassman forwarded to Independent Political Report:

At a time when overwhelming numbers of Americans think the political system is broken and their government is dysfunctional, I wanted to be sure you saw this ad that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal.… Read more ...

Commission on Presidential Debates Puts Up Public Comments Invitation


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 18, the Commission on Presidential Debates placed this request for public comments on the CPD web page. The CPD web page is The page specifically asks for public comments about who should be invited into general election presidential debates. Every reader of this web page should take the time to make a comment.Read more ...