Aug 10 2012

Colorado Has 17 Presidential Candidates, the Most Crowded Presidential General Election Ballot in U.S. History

Source: Ballot Access News

This year, Colorado will have seventeen presidential candidates listed on its ballot, the highest number of presidential candidates on a general election in U.S. history. However, there have been many instances when states had more candidates than that on their presidential primary ballots.

Colorado has five qualified parties, and those parties’ nominees, of course, are on the ballot automatically. They are the Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties.

Then there are twelve candidates who qualified by paying the $500 fee and submitting a list of presidential elector candidates. They include four parties with “socialist” or “socialism” in their name: the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Equality Party, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The Party for Socialism and Liberation presidential candidate in Colorado is Gloria LaRiva, because the party’s actual presidential candidate, Peta Lindsey, is under age 35.

Then there are three independent presidential candidates: Jill Reed of Wyoming, Tom Cary of Pennsylvania, Sheila Tittle of Virginia, and Randall Terry of West Virginia.

Finally, there are four other minor parties: Justice Party, running Rocky Anderson; Peace & Freedom, running Roseanne Barr; Objectivist, running Tom Stevens; American Third Position, running Merlin Miller; and America’s Party, running Tom Hoefling. Thanks to William Fenwick for the Colorado list. The Colorado deadline for independent candidates, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, to pay their $500 was August 8.

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