Category: Americans Elect

Feb 08 2013

Former Attorney for Americans Elect Declares for Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 7, Massachusetts state representative Dan Winslow declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, in the 2013 special election. Winslow was chief attorney for Americans Elect during the period when it was working to get on state ballots, during 2010, 2011, and the first five months of 2012. See this article, which does not mention Winslow’s work for Americans Elect, but which focuses on the fact that he was once chief counsel to Mitt Romney. Read more »

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Feb 05 2013

New Arizona Registration Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 18, the Arizona Secretary of State released a new voter registration tally. There is little change since November 2012, but the percentage of voters registered in the state’s three recognized minor parties increased, and the percentage of independent voters also increased. Here is a link to the data on the Secretary of State’s web page.

The November 2012 percentages were: Republican 35.88%, Democratic 30.50%, Libertarian .71%, Read more »

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Feb 02 2013

Americans Elect is No Longer Ballot-Qualified in Florida

Source: Ballot Access News

The Florida Secretary of State’s webpage no longer lists Americans Elect as a ballot-qualified party. Presumably this is because the state officers told the Secretary of State that the party no longer wishes to be recognized. Because Florida permits a party to be ballot-qualified just by submitting a list of officers and bylaws, any party is free to eliminate itself at any time.

The Socialist Party is no longer listed either. Read more »

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Jan 31 2013

Maine Will Convert all Americans Elect Registrants to Independent Voters

Source: Ballot Access News

See this story about the legal status of Americans Elect in Maine. Soon, the Maine Secretary of State will be notifying all Americans Elect registrants that their party did not retain its spot on the ballot. These voters will be given a chance to re-register, but those who don’t respond will automatically be converted to independent voters. Americans Elect only had 58 registered members as of November 2012. Read more »

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Jan 31 2013

Ohio Secretary of State Says Four Minor Parties are on Ballot for 2013

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 31, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive stating that the Constitution, Green, Libertarian, and Socialist Parties are still on the ballot in Ohio, for calendar year 2013. There aren’t many partisan elections in Ohio in 2013, but a few cities have partisan elections. Also it is always possible that the state will have special U.S. House or state legislative elections in 2013, should a vacancy arise. Read more »

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Jan 24 2013

Florida Libertarian Party Files Financial Report with Wrong Office, Gets a Fine of $70,000

Source: Ballot Access News

The Florida Secretary of State has fined the Florida Libertarian Party $70,000 because the party’s financial report was a week late. The party treasurer filed the report on time, but he filed it with the Federal Election Commission instead of the Florida Elections office. The party is appealing the fine. An administrative hearing is being held February 20. The party is being assisted in this matter by an attorney. Read more »

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Jan 21 2013

New Maine Registration Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

Earlier this month, Maine’s Secretary of State released a new registration tally, as of November 6, 2012. When compared with the previous tally (from June 2012) the new tally shows that the two minor parties tallied by the state grew at a faster rate than any other type of voters.

The June 2012 tally showed: independents 337,535 (36.46%), Democrats 297,445 (32.13%), Republicans 258,463 (27.92%), Greens 32,315 (3.49%), American Elect 58 (.006%). Read more »

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Jan 17 2013

South Dakota Bill Would Allow Americans Elect to Remove Itself from 2014 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s omnibus bill, HB 1018, would allow a ballot-qualified party to tell the Secretary of State that it no longer wishes to be ballot-qualified. The national chair and the state chair would both be required to sign paperwork, ending the party’s qualified status. The bill seems faulty because it is entirely possible that a party ballot-qualified in South Dakota might not have a national chair, or any national officers. There are many ballot-qualified parties in the United States Read more »

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Jan 15 2013

Americans Elect Has One Registrant in Oklahoma

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 15, the Oklahoma Election Board released a new statewide registration tally. See this story. One person in the state is registered “Americans Elect.” Americans Elect is no longer a qualified party in Oklahoma, because Oklahoma removes parties from the ballot if they fail to poll 10% for the office at the top of the ballot (president in presidential years, governor in midterm years). However, because the Libertarian Party won a lawsuit against Oklahoma in 1998 (Atherton v Ward), voters are Read more »

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Dec 07 2012

The Daily Oklahoman Carries Story About Americans Elect Losing its Party Status in Oklahoma

Source: Ballot Access News

The December 5 issue of The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma, has this story about Americans Elect no longer being a qualified party in Oklahoma. The story mentions that the 18 registered members of the party will be converted to independent voters. What the story does not say is that under Oklahoma law, any voter is free to re-register as an Americans Elect Party member. This is because of a lawsuit won by the Oklahoma Libertarian Party in 1998 called Atherton v Ward. When a Read more »

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