Jun 30 2012

Libertarian Ballot Access Update / Life LP Member Offers $10,000 in Matching Money – IF You’ll Help Us Get Gary Johnson on the Ballot

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Follow the latest news on Libertarian Party ballot at our redesigned and updated 2012 Ballot Access Page. This lists the state ballots on which Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Vice-Presidential candidate Judge James P. Gray will appear and what we remains to be done to get them on the ballot in 48, 49 or 50 states this year.

The page will be updated continuously throughout the election season. Just go to the Elections tab Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Jon Barrie Files 10,279 Signatures to be on Ballot for U.S. Senate in New Mexico

Source: Ballot Access News

Jon Barrie is the U.S. Senate nominee of the Independent American Party of New Mexico. On June 26, he filed 10,279 signatures to be on the November ballot. New Mexico is the only state that requires qualified parties to submit petitions for their nominees (notice this is not the same thing as states that requires candidates to file signatures to appear on a primary ballot; those people aren’t nominees until they have won the primary). So even though the Independent American Party had Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Ohio Secretary of State Blocks Independent Candidate for the Legislature

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 26, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ruled that Gregory Jolivette cannot be an independent candidate for the legislature, even though he submitted enough valid signatures to run for the 51st State House seat. See this story.

Ohio does not have registration by party, but election officials do keep a record of which party’s primary ballot a voter chooses. Ohio law is vague about who can be an independent candidate Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Georgia Files Brief in Green, Constitution Party Ballot Access Lawsuit

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 22, Georgia filed a motion to dismiss the ballot access lawsuit filed last month by the Green Party and the Constitution Party. Although the state’s brief is 17 pages long, not once does it mention either of the precedents that the case relies on. The lawsuit is Green Party of Georgia v State of Georgia and Brian Kemp, 1:12-cv-1822. The lawsuit charges that Georgia’s ballot access law, as applied to presidential candidates, requires too many signatures. Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

San Francisco Bay Guardian Story on Attempts to Repeal Instant Runoff Voting in San Francisco

Source: Ballot Access News

This San Francisco Bay Guardian article describes the political maneuvering in San Francisco concerning Instant Runoff Voting and a proposed repeal of that system, which was first approved in San Francisco in 2002. Earlier this year, an attempt to repeal IRV was defeated in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Now a new attempt, to repeal it only for the executive offices, is under way.

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Jun 30 2012

Six Presidential Candidates Submit Petitions in Illinois

Source: Ballot Access News

June 25 was the petition deadline in Illinois for independent candidates, and nominees of unqualified parties. Six presidential candidates submitted a petition: Stewart Alexander, Socialist; Virgil Goode, Constitution; Gary Johnson, Libertarian; Jill Stein, Green; Rocky Anderson, independent; and Michael W. Hawkins, whose party label is “Together Enhancing America.” Hawkins also submitted a petition for himself as an independent presidential candidate. The Libertarian petition actually carries the Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Michigan Libertarian Party Files Lawsuit to Get Gary Johnson on the Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 25, the Michigan Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit, seeking an order requiring the Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, to list Gary Johnson on the ballot as the Libertarian presidential nominee. The case is Libertarian Party of Michigan v Johnson, 2:12-cv-12782-PDB. Here is the 9-page complaint.

The Secretary of State said on May 3 that she would not print Johnson’s name on the November Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Peace & Freedom Party Convention Set for August 4-5 in Los Angeles

Source: Ballot Access News

The Peace & Freedom Party will choose its presidential nominee on the weekend of August 4-5. The location will be near the Los Angeles International Airport. The decision will be made by members of the State Central Committee, who are collectively all the members of all the county central committees. Although the election of members of the county central committee was carried out on June 5 at the party’s primary, it is still difficult to predict which presidential candidate will win the Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

For Election Returns Junkies, Some California County Election Web Pages Include Interesting Information Not on State Web Page

Source: Ballot Access News

For those people who enjoy the minutiae of election returns, especially for minor parties, the county elections web pages sometimes have interesting details that are not included in the Secretary of State’s web page.

Some, but not all, of the county election web pages include the number of write-ins cast in particular races, whether there were any declared write-in candidates in that race or not. For example, there Read more »

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Jun 30 2012

Independent Party of New Mexico Nominates Rocky Anderson for President

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 23, the Independent Party, which is a ballot-qualified party in New Mexico, held a state convention and nominated Rocky Anderson for President. Anderson is also the nominee of the Justice Party, but the Justice Party is not on the ballot in New Mexico.

The Independent Party is ballot-qualified because in 2008, it polled over one-half of 1% of the vote for its presidential nominee, Ralph Nader. Nader polled .64% in 2008 in New Mexico. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for this news.

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