Category Archives: Third parties, general

Second Annual Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium Announced

From a Free & Equal email blast:

The second annual Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium will take place at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 9AM-4PM MT. The event is hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and co-sponsored by Fair Elections for Colorado, with additional sponsors expected to be announced.… Read more ...

FEC Issues Guidelines to Political Parties on How to Report Contributions for New Categories

Ballot Access News:

Late last year, Congress increased the contribution limits for individuals who give to political parties. The higher limits only include contributions for one of three purposes: (1) Political party legal expenses; (2) expenses of putting on a national convention; (3) expenses in buying, building, or maintaining national party headquarters.… Read more ...

Maryland Ballot Access Bill Introduced

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Maryland Delegate David Moon (D-Montgomery County) has introduced HB 626. It lowers the number of registered voters needed for a party to remain ballot-qualified from 1% of the state total (about 40,000 members) to exactly 10,000 members. If the bill were to pass, the Libertarian and Green Parties would probably remain on the ballot indefinitely, instead of having to re-petition every four years.… Read more ...

Ballot access in the courts: decisions expected in AL, IL, MO, NM, and OH


from Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In Alabama, U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson will decide Hall v Bennett. The issue is whether the state’s severe 3% petition requirement for independent candidates must be eased when special elections are called, given that the time frame to collect signatures in a special election is so much shorter than in a regular election.

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Web Page Set Up to Advance Georgia Ballot Access Bill HB 58


From Ballot Access News

Amanda Swafford and other Georgia Libertarians have set up this web page and crowd source page to advance the Georgia ballot access bill.

From that page,

Things have been busy on the Ballot Access front! Here's the latest news on what has been going on, including links to some great interviews you can share to help educate others about the issue of Ballot Access:

Our media efforts have taken off in our quest to advance the Ballot Access bill out of the Governmental Affairs Committee.… Read more ...

NM Bill Would Move Petition Deadlines for Newly-Qualifying Parties & Independent Candidates from June to April

Nate Gentry

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

New Mexico Representative Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) has introduced HB 346. It would move the primary for president and all other office from June to March. Because New Mexico links petition deadlines for independent candidates and newly-qualifying parties to the primary date, the bill would automatically move those deadlines from late June to mid-April.… Read more ...

IPR Writer Gathering Opinions Regarding Making Vaccines Mandatory

Injecting baby

I’m writing an article about various third parties and their views on vaccines and whether they should be mandatory. If you’d like to write something about my topic, it doesn’t have to be an official party view, although I’d like to identify what party you’re part of. I can use your name, or not–your choice.… Read more ...

Constitution Party of Missouri Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

Press release from the Constitution Party of Missouri:

The political landscape in the United States has been dominated by two major parties since 1860 when the fledgling Republican Party successfully elected Abraham Lincoln President. In the ensuing years many efforts have been made to secure this position and block participation by any and all challengers to the status quo.… Read more ...

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 ...