Category Archives: Third parties, general

“Change the Rule” would rig debate rules against ballot-qualified third parties

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, former Sens. Bob Kerrey and Joe Lieberman, former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal are all among the 50 high-profile signatories of Change The Rule’s open letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates. They are advocating the inclusion of a qualified third candidate in the debates.… Read more ...

Alabama Ballot Access Hearing Set for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11 AM


Ballot Access News:

The Alabama Senate Constitution, Ethics & Elections Committee will hear SB 221 on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. This is the bill to ease the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates, and also to set a later petition deadline for new parties.

Members of the Constitution Party, and possibly members of the Libertarian Party and/or other parties, plan to be in attendance.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Ohio Court Challenge to Election Law Still Active

From the LPO website:

The legal challenge from the Libertarian Party of Ohio to the “John Kasich Re-election Protection Act” has not yet been decided, in spite of confusing news reports published Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson ruled against a motion in the case Monday that was brought by the Ohio ACLU, Green Party, and Constitution Party that challenged SB 193, but has not yet ruled on the LPO’s challenge, said Mark Brown, attorney for the LPO.… Read more ...

Dan Phillips: Run Jesse Run! (For President as a Libertarian)

Jesse for President

Run Jesse Run!

By Dan Phillips, MD.
March 16, 2015

Jesse Ventura has long been discussed as a possible candidate for the Libertarian Party (LP) presidential nomination. Now Ventura is addressing the issue himself . Ventura seems to want to use the Libertarian Party as a vehicle for ballot access without actually joining the party.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court Upholds Ohio Ballot Access Law


UPDATE: A correction of this story is posted in a separate article at IPR.

Ballot Access News:

On March 16, a U.S. District Court upheld Ohio’s ballot access law for newly-qualifying parties. The law was passed in 2013 and did not change the petition to get on the ballot, except that it improved the deadline, and added a distribution requirement.… Read more ...

Gallup Poll, for First Time, Shows Neither Major Party Viewed Favorably by As Much as 40% of the Electorate


Ballot Access News:

On March 16, Gallup released this poll, asking voters whether they have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of the Democratic Party, and the same question for the Republican Party. Gallup has been taking this poll starting in 1992. For the first time in the history of this poll, neither major party registers a favorability rating of even 40%.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Crush The Duopoly Launched to Aid the Opposition

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

There is a new addition to America’s political opposition. Crush The Duopoly is the name of the group, website and idea just launched by South Dakota Constitution Party State Chair Lori Stacey. If you like Opposition News, Ballot Access News, Independent Political Report and Free and Equal, you’re going to love Crush The Duopoly.… Read more ...

The Oklahoman Endorses Ballot Access Bill that Passed State House


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Oklahoman, largest newspaper in Oklahoma, has this rousing editorial in support of the ballot access bill that has already passed the State House. Thanks to Richard Prawdzienski for the link.

From the endorsement:

The House of Representatives this week approved a bill by Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, that would greatly reduce the amount of signatures needed for a third party to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill to Make Ballot Access More Difficult

From Ballot Access News:

On March 11, the Arizona Senate Government Committee passed HB 2608 by a vote of 4-3. It makes it substantially more difficult for members of small qualified parties to get on their own party’s primary ballot. All Republicans voted “yes” and all Democrats voted “no”. The bill has already passed the House, and that was also a party-line vote.… Read more ...

Alabama Constitution Party on How to Help Pass Ballot Access Bill SB221


Email blast from the Alabama Constitution Party:

Legislation Alert

Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has filed a ballot access bill for 2015. The bill number is SB221. The bill has also picked up three co-sponsors, thus far; Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), Rusty Glover (R-Semmes), and Tom Whatley (R-Auburn).

This is the first time that the ballot access bill has picked up co-sponsors in the senate.… Read more ...

North Dakota Ballot Access Bill Loses on House Floor by Vote of 37-55

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On February 19, the North Dakota House defeated HB 1260 by a vote of 37-55. It would have eliminated the minimum vote test for a candidate to be considered nominated in a party primary. North Dakota is the only state that says it isn’t enough for a candidate in a partisan primary to poll the most votes; the candidate, even if unopposed, must also poll a certain minimum number of votes.… Read more ...