Category Archives: Third parties, general

Our America Initiative: Important Google Hangout Wednesday (May 13) on Presidential Debate Lawsuit

Release from OAI, distributed by the Libertarian Party:

In 2012, four candidates for U.S. President qualified for enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College. Only four.

One of those candidates was Gov. Gary Johnson, nominee of the Libertarian Party. The others were Dr. Jill Stein, nominee of the Green Party, and of course, President Obama and Gov.… Read more ...

Extreme disparities between vote percentages and seats won in UK election

via Richard Winger at Ballot Access News: 

The British election returns for the May 7 House of Commons election show these results:

Conservatives won 50.8% of the seats with 37% of the popular vote.
Labour won 35.6% of the seats with 31% of the popular vote.
Scottish National Party won 8.6% of the seats with 5% of the popular vote.

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Concord, NH Newspaper Story on Bernie Sanders Also Covers Libertarian Ballot Access Lawsuit

lpnhlogoFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This Concord Monitor story is mainly about whether Bernie Sanders can get on the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary ballot, but the bottom portion of the article also discusses the Libertarian Party’s ballot access lawsuit against the New Hampshire law, passed in 2014, that won’t let new parties petition during odd years.… Read more ...

U.S. District Court in New Mexico Upholds Independent Petition Requirement

Martha Vazquez

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 30, U.S. District Court Judge Martha Vazquez, a Clinton appointee, upheld New Mexico’s requirement that an independent candidate submit a petition of 3% of the last vote cast. Parker v Duran, 14-cv-617. The plaintiff was a candidate for Public Education Commission, district 4.… Read more ...

Bills in AL and OK to lower signature amounts to be voted on this week

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Bills to lower the amount of signatures needed to become a recognized party in Alabama and Oklahoma, two of the most difficult states for ballot access, will be voted on this week.

In Alabama, SB 211 would cut the amount of required signatures in half, from 3% of the last general election’s gubernatorial vote to 1.5%.… Read more ...

Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chair of Commission on Presidential Debates, Says Commission is Thinking Whether to Scrap the 15% Rule

Frank Fahrenkopf Jr.

Frank Fahrenkopf Jr.

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This op-ed by Michael Smerconish in the Philadelphia Inquirer is partly an opinion piece, but it is also a news story. The bottom half of the column quotes Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, as saying the CPD is studying whether to eliminate the rule that says no one outside the two major parties may participate unless he or she is at 15% in the polls in early September.… Read more ...