Category Archives: Third parties, general

Michigan Governor Signs Bill that Repeals Straight-Ticket Device

Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 5, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed SB 13, which eliminates the straight-ticket device. Thanks to Bill Hall for this news.

And Richard Winger in comments on his own post:

Nine states still have it: Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma,Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

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Rasmussen: 22% would vote for “somebody else” if Trump vs. Clinton election was held today

Rasmussen Reports: 

If the 2016 presidential election was held today, 37% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for Clinton, while 36% would vote for Trump. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a sizable 22% would choose some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.

h/t Ballot Access News

Brian Irving: Restrictive Ballot Access Laws Disenfranchise Voters

Brian Irving at Liberty Point:

North Carolina will continue its tradition of unopposed elections in 2016. Seventy-two General Assembly candidates were either “elected” at the close of filing Dec. 21 or will be elected in the March primary. So in November nearly half of North Carolina voters will no choice about who represents them in Raleigh.… Read more ...

Bill Kristol Says if Major Party Nominees are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, an Independent Could Possibly be Elected President

Ballot Access News:

Bill Kristol said recently, “I do think an independent candidate might be able to win the presidency (assuming the major party nominees are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton) if they just get some decent, calm, soft spoken guy or woman who wants to do the right thing for the country.” He was then asked if that is realistic.

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New Jersey Elections Department has Hidden Requirements for Minor Party and Independent Presidential Petitions

Ballot Access News:

New Jersey only requires 800 signatures for a minor party or independent presidential candidate to get on the November ballot. It has long been considered one of the nation’s easiest states for presidential ballot access.

However, there is a hidden barrier. The New Jersey elections webpage says, “Each of the 14 candidates for the office of Elector for President and Vice President must meet the following qualifications: (1) shall have attained the age of 25 years by the date of the swearing into office; (2) a United States citizen for seven years by the day of the swearing into office; (3) a resident of New Jersey by the day of the election.” Those requirements are not hidden and are not restrictive.… Read more ...

Connecticut Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit Against Restriction on Out-of-State Circulators

By Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 22, the Libertarian Party of Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit against the law banning out-of-state circulators. Libertarian Party of Connecticut v Merrill, 3:15cv-1851. The case was assigned to Judge Janet C. Hall, a Clinton appointee.

Similar bans have been struck down in Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.… Read more ...

Texas Democrats Likely to Run Full Slate of Statewide Nominees in 2016, Lessening Chances that Libertarian and Green Parties Will Remain on Ballot After November 2016


From Ballot Access News:

The Texas Democratic Party has recruited a full slate of candidates for the 2016 statewide offices. Although there is no certainly that all of them will qualify for the March primary ballot, it is likely that they will. The 2015 Texas legislative session passed SB 1073, which removes the requirement that primary candidates for statewide judicial offices need a petition to get on the primary ballot.… Read more ...

Libertarian ballot access drive in Oklahoma picking up pace

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The red line is signatures actually collected, the blue line is how many signatures the LP would need to stay on pace to complete the petition drive on time, the numbers top to bottom on the left are signatures collected, and the numbers on the bottom from left to right are weeks since the petition drive started.Read more ...

Politico: Will Republicans Support a Third-Party Candidate Over Trump?

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From Jeff Greenfield at Politico Magazine:

“I think a third candidate would be very likely on many state ballots,” [Former Romney strategist Stu Stevens] says. “ First of all, I think most GOP voters would want an alternative to vote for out of conscience. But Trump would also be devastating to the party and other GOP candidates.

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Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) says he’ll vote Libertarian or Const. Party if Donald Trump is the GOP nominee

US Rep. Reid Ribble (R, WI-8)

From a recent radio interview, reported on by Right Wisconsin:

There’s not a whole lot of difference between the two [Trump and Clinton]. They’ve taken the same positions on TPP, they’re both pro-choice. I don’t see big distinctions between either of them; however, Mr. Trump is quite a bit to the left of where I am philosophically and ideologically.

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Opposition News creates 2016 Candidate Listing

By Mark Wachtler

December 13, 2015. (ONN). In the ongoing effort to break through the US news media blackout of independent and alternative party candidates, Opposition News has launched a Candidates Page for 2016. Voters and media outlets now have a reputable source to provide a listing of ALL the candidates running for office, not just the Democrats and Republicans.… Read more ...