Category Archives: Third parties, general

California Top-Two Hearing this Thursday in San Francisco

From the Libertarian Party website:

The California Court of Appeals is conducting a hearing this week as to whether the top-two primary system unconstitutionally harms the voting rights of voters who want to vote for minor party candidates in general elections.

The hearing is this Thursday, January 15, at 9 am.… Read more ...

Chart Showing When Each State’s Legislature Convenes, and When Each Expects to Adjourn


Ballot Access News:

The National Conference of State Legislatures has this useful chart, showing when each state’s 2015 legislative session starts and when each is expected to end.

Those working for improved ballot access for alternative political parties and independent candidates might find this chart to be useful in helping push forward ballot access improvement legislation in many states.… Read more ...

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

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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 ...

Libertarian Party of Alabama calls for ballot access law reforms, announces issue coalition

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The Libertarian Party of Alabama is pleased to announce our coalition with Alabama for Our America Initiative, Let Bama Vote, Alabama for Ballot Access Law Equality, and other partner organizations to lobby the legislature to ease ballot access barriers for candidates running outside the establishment parties.… Read more ...

State Libertarian Parties, LPHQ working to recruit candidates for 2015

Wes Benedict and George Phillies forwarded the following letters to the LP state chairs list as examples for other state LPs to follow. Other alt parties could use similar templates with a few additional modifications.

On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 2:06 PM, Wes Benedict wrote:

Here’s a nice email sent by the LP Virginia for recruiting candidates.… Read more ...

Our America Initiative Announces Legal Team for Challenge to Commission on Presidential Debates

Press Release from the Our America Initiative:

The 2012 presidential and vice-presidential nominees of both the Libertarian and Green parties are joining forces to challenge the Commission on Presidential Debates and its use of selection criteria that limit participation in general election presidential debates to the Republican and Democratic nominees.

The Our America Initiative, a non-profit advocacy organization, is coordinating the legal challenge.… Read more ...

Two Ballot Access Bills Introduced in Virginia

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke) has introduced SB 766, to lower the number of signatures for statewide candidates (whether in a primary or in a general election) from 10,000 to 5,000. The bill is similar to legislation that passed in 2013 that lowers the number of signatures for all presidential candidates from 10,000 to 5,000.… Read more ...

Philly Greens Set Goals for PA Electoral Reform

From the Green Party of the United States website:

On Friday, January 2, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, requested the assistance of Governor-elect Tom Wolf in reforming the Pennsylvania election process. Leaders of the Green Party pointed out six reforms which would make elections more just and which would increase the participation of eligible voters.… Read more ...

Constitution Party: Alabama’s Ballot Access Laws Too Restrictive


The national Constitution Party website has reposted an excerpt and link from the Montgomery Advertiser’s editorial against Alabama’s restrictive ballot access laws:

Alabama’s Ballot Access Laws Too Restrictive

Voters often complain about what they see as a lack of meaningful choice on the ballot, about rarely having the chance to vote for someone other than a Republican or a Democrat.

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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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Jim Jonas: Can Independents Win Statewide Campaigns?

Excerpt from Can Independents Win Statewide Campaigns? by Jim Jonas at the Independent Voter Network:

With so much frustration with the two major parties and with so many voters moving into the unaffiliated/independent column, why haven’t there been more independent and third-party candidates winning elections or at least building viable, competitive campaigns?… Read more ...