December 27, 2013, is the first day in which 2014 candidates for Congress and state office may begin to start circulating a petition in lieu of filing fee. Statewide candidates need 10,000 signatures; U.S. House and State Senate [read more]
Note from Paulie: while this article is about LP organizing in particular, I thik the same issue is applicable to any electoral party.
Should We Organize a Regional LP Affiliate That Covers Several Counties/Cities, or a [read more]
From Ballot Access News:
According to this story, Andre Bauer may be an independent candidate for Governor of South Carolina in 2014. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina as a Republican in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. The Governor who was elected in 2002 and 2006 was Mark Sanford. In South Carolina, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected separately.
South Carolina has never had an independent candidate for Governor on a government-printed ballot. South Carolina has only had government-printed ballots since 1950. Before 1950, ballots were privately prepared. South Carolina has a straight-ticket device, so if Bauer does run as an independent, he will be injured by the device. Independent candidates don’t have a straight-ticket device. Voters who use the straight-ticket device might vote without even seeing Bauer’s name on the ballot.
Conceivably Bauer could run as a minor party candidate. Americans Elect is still ballot-qualified in South Carolina, as is the Independence Party. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.
From the article [read more]
I presented this to Warren a few weeks ago and he asked me to post it here to obtain reader input on the [read more]
Submitted by Joshua Fauver
Perhaps you, like so many other third party activists, remember very fondly the Open Debates that were hosted by Free and Equal in 2012. Being that I was involved (while slightly) I know I remember those debates with a slight grin on my [read more]
Top officials from past presidential campaigns have quietly formed a group to push for major changes in the general election debates, with recommendations expected by late spring.
Members include the longtime lead debate negotiator for each party: Bob Bauer for Democratic nominees and Ben Ginsberg for the Republicans. So the Annenberg Working Group on Presidential General Election Debates could have a profound effect on the signature fall events of the race for the White House. The group’s co-chairs were top debate-prep advisers to each of the 2012 nominees: Anita Dunn for President Obama, and Beth Myers for Mitt Romney.
The group is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, debate expert and the center’s director, leads the study.
The group has been talking with the Commission on Presidential Debates about the study’s intentions, and plans to meet next month with the commission’s co-chairmen, Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, and the executive director, Janet H. Brown. The group also plans a session with people who represent the view of non-major parties, to discuss third-party and independent candidates.
By Tiffany Holland
Former vice presidential candidate and retired U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman visited Roanoke College on Wednesday night to discuss the partisan politics of Congress, which he feels are detrimental to the country and said the country [read more]
There was much discussion before yesterday’s election in the media and here on IPR about Robert Sarvis acting as a spoiler in the Virginia race for governor.
Today, the day after the election, at least two articles help to dispel that possibility.
Posted to Time
Stop Scapegoating Third Party Candidates for Election Results
By Nick Gillespie
November 6, 2013
Even before yesterday’s election, Republicans were ready to blame Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s looming defeat to Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis. “A Vote for Sarvis is a Vote for McAuliffe” argued one Cuccinelli supporter.
With the final count in, expect Republican anger at the Libertarian “spoiler” to grow exponentially. McAuliffe, who had enjoyed a double-digit lead at various points in during campaign, won with just 48 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli’s 46 percent. The Libertarian Sarvis ended up pulling almost 7 percent, far more than enough to tip the election the other way.
But to blame a major-party loss on third-party candidates is fundamentally mistaken. First off, it ignores data that the Libertarian pulled more votes from the Democratic candidate than he did from the Republican one—an exit poll of Sarvis voters showed that they would have voted for McAuliffe by a two-to-one margin over Cucinelli. Second, and far more important, it presumes that all potential votes somehow really “belong” to either Democrats or Republicans. That’s simply wrong and it does a real disservice to American politics.
Trevor Lymon of [read more]