Category Archives: Third parties, general

Public Comment Sought in FEC Petition to Force CPD to Include ONE more Candidate in Presidential Debates

Presidential DebateIn a NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC published last week in the Federal Register, the Federal Election Commission is seeking comments on a Petition to revise its regulations to include one more candidate in the presidential and vice presidential debates.

The INTRODUCTION to the Petition states:

“It has been 22 years since the American public heard from someone other than the Democratic and Republican candidates during the presidential debates, even though a majority of Americans are eager for a candidate who presents an alternative to the two major parties.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler: ‘Sen. Rand Paul – no friend of the Opposition’

By Mark Wachtler at Opposition New:

Which pearl of wisdom is more correct – Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Or, an enemy inside your house is more dangerous than an enemy outside your house? Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul is currently waging a one-man war against independents and opposition candidates across the country.

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Update on IPR social media networks

null has passed 2,000 likes, and we now have over 1,000 followers on Please help retweet, follow, share and like our content on these and other social media networks (for those of you who use them). Although they are no longer visible from the IPR main page, each of our posts has social media sharing icons at the bottom of the body of each post if you open it (before you get to the comment section).… Read more ...

2016 National Presidential Ballot Access Requirements are Lower than in 2012

Via :

The ballot access requirements for the presidential election of 2016 can now be estimated. Many states determine the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot for an upcoming election based on the number of votes cast in the preceding election. Now that the November 2014 election is over, it is possible to know approximately what the 2016 requirements will be.… Read more ...

Libertarians happy with most ballot measure results from around the country in 2014

Via blog:

In an article for Liberty magazine that summarizes election results for key statewide ballot measures in Tuesday’s election, Bruce Ramsey said, “Libertarians should take encouragement …”

Read the full article here.

And via Our America Initiative, 2012 Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson writes:

A good start

While the media and the army of pundits in the national media have been talking nonstop since the election about the Republican takeover of the Senate, much less has been said about a number of victories for liberty that were won at the state and local level.

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Might California’s Low Voter Turnout Spark 2016 Initiative Frenzy?

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Is it possible that third parties in California could organize an initiative for 2016 to neutralize Top-two?

Posted to kqednews

By John Myers
November 12, 2014

Here’s one to ponder as we await the tallying of tens of thousands of uncounted ballots: Will this fall’s voter malaise in California plant the seeds for a ballot initiative frenzy in two years?… Read more ...

Minor Party and Independent Vote for Office at Top of Ticket in 2014 was Lower than in Recent Past Midterm Elections


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Based on preliminary election returns, it appears the percentage of the vote in the November 2014 election for independent and minor party candidates, for the office at the top of the ballot, was 4.4%.

By contrast, in 2010 it was 5.4%; in 2006 it was 5.0%; in 2002, it was 5.3%; in 1998, it was 4.9%; in 1994, it was 4.5%; in 1990, it was 4.6%; in 1986 it was 3.6%.… Read more ...

Free & Equal to Host Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium

From a Free & Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Dear Free and Equal Supporter,

The Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium will take place at Infinity Park Cherry Creek Room in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 15th from 9AM-4PM. The event is hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and co-sponsored by organizations such as Fair Elections for Colorado, FairVote, and Ballot Access News.… Read more ...

Uncovered Politics: Will 2014 Be Remembered as a Breakout Year?

Greg Orman

By Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

October 29, 2014 5:54 pm

As recently as a few weeks ago it looked like we were heading for a record year for third party and independent candidates in the modern era. Independents in South Dakota, Kansas, Maine and Alaska all seemed like they had victory within their grasp.… Read more ...

Independent Voter Network: Third Parties Oppose Nonpartisan Primaries; Defend System They Never Win In

From an article posted to IVN by Shawn M. Griffiths:

Third parties argue that by only allowing two candidates in the general election, the stage in the electoral process where the most voters participate, it limits choice. However, how much choice does the current system offer by barring a quarter of the voting population from participating in all integral stages of the voting process?… Read more ...

Michael Bloomberg Pours $1.25 Million into Oregon Top Two Campaign

Michael Bloomberg, former Republican/independent mayor of New York City & 8th richest man in the country, has reportedly contributed over one million dollars to promote Oregon’s Measure 90, the “Top Two” election system. From an email blast from the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan election reform organization, is calling into question former New York Mayor & billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s $1.25 million dollar contribution to Oregon’s Measure 90 (Top Two primary system), as part of Free and Equal’s Stop Top Two Nationwide campaign, one of the organization’s many initiatives to create open elections free of big money influence.… Read more ...