Tag Archives: ballot access

Pennsylvania Petition Challenge – Volunteer Call

From a message posted to the Pittsburgh LP email forum:


Volunteers Needed In Philadelphia August 20-24, 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania submitted nearly 50,000 petition signatures to get Gary Johnson and Judge Gray on the ballot in Pennsylvania. Only 20,601 [read more]

Americans Elect wants to de-certify themselves

From an article posted on Ballot Access News, on July 12, 2012:

Reportedly, national leaders of Americans Elect are planning to ask state officials to de-certify the party, in all the states in which the party is now ballot-qualified. However, there is no legal precedent that gives state or national party leaders the legal ability to take that step.

In 1986, Adlai E. Stevenson III formed the Illinois Solidarity Party, got it on the ballot, and ran as its nominee for Governor of Illinois. He polled 40%, far more than the amount needed to give the party qualified status for the next four years. He had set out at the beginning of the year to be the Democratic Party nominee for Governor, but even though he won the party’s nomination at the March primary, he resigned from the ticket and created the Illinois Solidarity Party because a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche had won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor. If Stevenson had remained the Democratic nominee, he would have been forced to run as part of a joint ticket with the LaRouche supporter in November.

After the 1986 election was over, Stevenson and other Democrats who had created the party did not desire to see the Illinois Solidarity Party on the ballot in Illinois in 1988 or 1990. But, they did not believe they had the legal authority to cause the party to lose its qualified status. Instead, Democrats in the 1987 session of the legislature passed SB 10, giving the party officers the ability to end the legal existence of the party. Governor James Thompson, a Republican, vetoed the bill. The New Solidarity Party then participated in the 1988 and 1990 elections as a ballot-qualified party. In those elections, it fell under the control of New Alliance Party activists, and its 1988 presidential nominee was Lenora Fulani.

States in which Americans Elect is currently ballot-qualified are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Constitution Party of Virginia plans to file ballot access petition early

From an article posted on Ballot Access News, on July 13, 2012:

Virginia petitions to place independent presidential candidates, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, are due August 24. The Constitution Party petition will be submitted on Monday, July 16, and will contain approximately 14,000 signatures. The requirement is 10,000, with at least 400 in each U.S. House district.

When a group turns in a Virginia petition with more than the minimum number of signatures, election officials then start to check the signatures. Groups are permitted to then turn in additional signatures. Therefore, it is advantageous for a group to submit at least 10,000 signatures early in the process, because then they can learn how many more they need, if any, and avoid collecting signatures unnecessarily.

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Is Goode’s Presidential run bad news for Romney?

With the newest polling data from PPP in Virginia, the question is now being raised if Virgil Goode is taking votes away from Republican Mitt Romney.

Mr. Goode has managed to qualify for the ballot in 17 states thus far, according to his campaign website — and Virginia is not one of them. He garnered less than 0.5 percent of the vote in a Gallup poll of registered voters conducted between June 7 and June 10, and support for third-party candidates has historically trended downward as Election Day nears.

But Mr. Goode’s close political ties to Virginia could change that, at least inside the state, and tea party voters are one bloc that would seemingly gravitate toward him. Mark Lloyd, past chairman of both the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the Lynchburg Tea Party, though, said there simply isn’t much chatter about Mr. Goode’s candidacy in those circles.

“Folks in the 5th District just think the world of Virgil,” he said. “I understand his frustration — but I don’t see that a third party stands a chance at impacting anything positively at this point. I think what it will be is that any vote for a [third party] will pretty much be a vote for Obama.”

Read the whole article at the Washington Times: Goode’s third-party run: Bad news for Romney in Virginia?

Virgil Goode is a former Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district. He [read more]

CA LNC Alternate Rep Suggests Johnson Campaign Should Sacrifice Ballot Access to Unseat Wagner

An email from Scott Lieberman of CA made its way onto the LNCDiscussPublic list regarding the Johnson campaign for president and the ongoing controversy in the Oregon LP. Dr. Lieberman is an Alternate Regional Representative to the Libertarian National Party from [read more]

Howie Hawkins, Others Respond to Rob Sherman On Illinois Ballot Access Challenges

In response to arguments made by Rob Sherman, the Cook County, Illinois Green Party Chair who has challenged other alternative parties seeking a place on the ballot, prominent New York Green and 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins has the following in Ballot Access News comments:

My appeal to Mr. Sherman to withdraw his objections:

Dear Mr. Sherman,

I urge you to withdraw your challenges to the ballot access petitions of four presidential candidates.

I write this as someone who joined the Socialist Party USA when it reformed in 1973 and has been active in the Green Party since our first national organizing meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota in august 1984. I was also involved in the Peace and Freedom registration drive for party status and ballot access in 1967-68 in California, in the People’s Party presidential campaign of Ben Spock and Julius Hobson in 1972, and the Citizens Party presidential campaign of Barry Commoner and LaDonna Harris in 1980.

I know how hard it is to get on the ballot. I’ve petitioned successfully 17 of 19 attempts for myself and petitioned countless times for other Green candidates, with mixed success because of major party challenges or state official malfeasance. I have been challenged on my own petitions by the Democrats almost every time, most of them utterly frivolous challenges that served only to force me to devote limited time and resources to defend my petition instead of campaign for the office.

I appreciate the hard work that the Illinois Green Party put into petition to put the Green Party presidential ticket on the Illinois ballot. As you know, I was the vice-presidential candidate on the petition as a stand-in until our presidential nominee chooses a running mate. I congratulate you on a job well done.

Nonetheless, I believe Greens should support the ability of all candidates to be on the ballot. Let the voters decide!

Greens should not use the restrictive ballot access rules to eliminate candidates. Those rules were written by the two corporate parties to exclude alternatives. Greens should be in solidarity with other parties on reforming ballot access laws, not acting like the Democrats and Republicans do to exclude them.

Also keep in mind that ballot access challenges are a double-edged sword. The Greens are working very hard to get on the ballot in many states this year where the requirements are very onerous. If one of our members challenge other parties in Illinois, we cannot credibly object if one of them challenges a Green petition in another state.

It would be a self-inflicted defeat if progressive independents allow rules written by the corporate parties to exclude all of us end up dividing and conquering us. I suggest that a better approach is that we support each others’ ballot access this year and work in the future toward an electoral united front against the corporate two-party-system.

The most important divide politically today is not between progressive third parties, but between all of them and the corporate rulers. Once we break open ballot access and replace the winner-take-all two-corporate-party system of rule with proportional representation for full representation and democracy, then the various strands of independent progressive politics can run their own slates, win their own proportionate shares of legislative representation, the can debate, negotiate, and legislate policies during their term in office.

But today we need solidarity against the corporate parties’ attempts to silence us. To restricting ballot access, we must add the Citizens United repeal of the Tilden Act ban on corporate campaign spending, preventive detention of organizers before demonstrations, the war on whistlelbowers using the Espionage Act, the federal coordination of the suppression of Occupy, warrantless surveillance of all our phone calls and emails by the National Security Agency, and many other bipartisan assaults to our political freedoms and constitutional rights.

We need unity in the fight to for our freedoms. I want the Greens to set a positive example in this respect.

Please withdraw your petition objections.


Howie Hawkins, Syracuse, New York, delegate to the Green National Committee

Additional arguments from others against Mr. Sherman’s position include:

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Statement from the Illinois Ballot Access Petition Challenger

As Richard Winger reported July 2 on Ballot Access News, the presidential petitions in Illinois for the Justice, Socialist, and Constitution parties, as well as the “Together Enhancing America” petition for candidate Michael Hawkins, were all challenged [read more]

South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

Found at Ballot Access News, it is being reported that there are currently two names found on the South Carolina District 26 ballot, Libertarian Jeremy Walters and Independent Raye Felder.

No Democrat ran. The Republican, Raye Felder, failed to qualify because of the May 2 decision of the State Supreme Court that disqualified all primary candidates who didn’t file Statements of Economic Interest in March. They had to file using printed forms, and also has to file electronically, and over 200 Republicans and Democrats failed to get on the primary ballots because they did not take both actions by the deadline. However, Felder is petitioning to be on the ballot in the general election as an independent candidate, and her petition will probably succeed.

Read the report at Ballot Access News: South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

The Herald Online is reporting on this race as well, [read more]