On the evening of March 8, the Utah Senate passed HB 233 unanimously. The bill is now through the legislature. The bill says that if a party meets the 2% vote test, it is then on the ballot for the next two elections, not just the next election.
Minor parties generally poll enough votes in presidential years to remain ballot-qualified, because there are either four or five statewide offices on the ballot. But in midterm years, Read more »
Lawrence Lessig here defends Americans Elect for not telling the world who is paying for its petition drives and its costs for setting up the on-line presidential primary. Lessig is the author of “Republic, Lost” and a leading critic of campaign finance practices in the U.S., and a law professor. Here is the wiki page about him. Thanks to Rick Hasen’s ElectionLawBlog for the link.
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The article was prompted by Jon Huntsman’s recent comments about the need for a third party.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Thursday, Mr. Huntsman — who has endorsed Mitt Romney for president — said that the political system was “broken” and that a third party may be the only way to fix it. Read more »