Category: 2012 Presidential Election

May 06 2013

Jill Stein: The FEC field audit has begun

Source: JillStein.org

We are now nearly seven days into our field audit by the Federal Election Commission, and we have a clearer picture of what to expect from our auditors. Last Tuesday, the field team arrived in our Madison, Wisconsin office and began work. Each day, they go through our files and submit requests for answers about specific expenses, reports, and income. Our Read more »

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May 01 2013

Republican allies in Michigan courts subvert justice to block Libertarian competition

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Gov. Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for president, and the voters of Michigan were robbed last year, and the Republican Party is the thief.

Johnson was barred from appearing on the ballot during November’s election at the behest of the GOP establishment and Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who used their insider political power to block competition at the polls. The district Read more »

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May 01 2013

Sixth Circuit, in Very Short Opinion, Says Michigan was Right to Keep Gary Johnson Off the 2012 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 1, the Sixth Circuit issued a brief opinion, saying the U.S. District Court in Michigan was correct when it kept Gary Johnson, or any other Libertarian Party presidential candidate, off the ballot in November 2012. The part of the decision on the merits is only one short paragraph long, and does not discuss the factual error in the U.S. District Court’s decision. The U.S. District Court had said in its Read more »

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Apr 13 2013

Gary Johnson Talks About the 2012 Campaign at PolicyMic

Source: Ballot Access News

PolicyMic has this interesting interview with Gary Johnson. It covers his policy ideas, but it also has a great deal about his experience being the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 2012.

Toward the end, the part of the interview concerning the Electoral College is not fleshed out enough to be clear. The Electoral College system does discriminate Read more »

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Apr 02 2013

Pennsylvania Elections Department Tallies Presidential Write-ins for Virgil Goode and Tom Hoefling

Source: Ballot Access News

An earlier post today is not completely accurate, but instead of my amending that post (on Pennsylvania presidential write-ins from November 2012) it seems more useful to write a new one. It turns out that the Pennsylvania state Elections Department itself tallied up the write-ins for two particular presidential candidates. The state says Virgil Goode got 383 write-ins and Tom Hoefling got 28. Read more »

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Apr 02 2013

Virgil Goode Write-ins for President from Pennsylvania Tallied

Source: Ballot Access News

At the November 2012 election, Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode received 419 write-ins for President in Pennsylvania. This information is from the official county election returns that were submitted to the Secretary of State. Because state employees did not tabulate them, two volunteers from the Constitution Party themselves examined the returns and tallied the state total. The volunteers Read more »

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Mar 25 2013

Pennsylvania Minor Parties Will Appeal Decision that Says They Don’t Have Standing to Sue Against Challenge System

Source: Ballot Access News

The Pennsylvania Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties have all decided to appeal the March 7 decision of a U.S. District Court that they don’t have standing to sue over the Pennsylvania challenge system, which leaves any statewide independent candidate, or any statewide petitioning party, in jeopardy of over $100,000 if they submit a petition that has fewer valid signatures than are required. Read more »

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Feb 25 2013

Pennsylvania Reports 11,630 Presidential Write-ins from November 2012, Doesn’t Give Any Breakdown

Source: Ballot Access News

Pennsylvania is the most populous state that does not have a law that says write-in candidates must file a write-in declaration of candidacy, if they want their write-ins tallied. Instead, all Pennsylvania write-ins are valid, and the law requires that they be tallied. But, even though most counties tally them, the state this year will not make any statewide tallies. By contrast, in November 2008, the state tallied the Read more »

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Feb 24 2013

Federal Election Commission Posts Official Presidential Election Returns by State for November 2012

Source: Ballot Access News

The Federal Election Commission web page has these November 2012 official election returns by state, for all candidates for President. The FEC did a good job, but appears to have missed the write-ins reported by the West Virginia Secretary of State, which were: Virgil Goode 119, Roseanne Barr 31, Rocky Anderson 12, Merlin Miller 11, Tom Hoefling 5, Richard Duncan 1. Read more »

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Feb 15 2013

Judge Gray: Reflections on the Campaign for VP

Source: Independent Political Report

Here is the newest column from James Gray. It will be published on Sunday in the Daily Pilot newspaper, which is distributed to a few cities in Orange County with the Los Angeles Times, under the heading “It’s a Gray Area”.

Many people have asked me what it was like to be the 2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States, along with Governor Gary Johnson as Read more »

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