Category: Ballot Access

Nov 06 2013

Pennsylvania Statewide 2014 Petition Likely to be Only About 17,000 Signatures

Source: Ballot Access News

The number of signatures needed for statewide minor party and independent candidates in Pennsylvania in 2014 depends on the number of votes cast in the November 5, 2013 election, for Judge of the Superior Court. The formula is 2% of the winning candidate’s vote, for the statewide partisan candidate with the largest vote total. Read more »

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Nov 06 2013

Arkansas Green Party Back on the Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 6, the Arkansas Secretary of State said the Green Party petition is valid, and the party is back on the ballot. This is the first state in which the Green Party has successfully petitioned for party status during 2013. This is the fifth time the party has had to comply with the law, which requires 10,000 valid signatures. Read more »

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May 24 2013

Pennsylvania State Senator Holds Public Forum on Ballot Access on May 28

Source: Ballot Access News

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer will hold a Voters’ Choice Act town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 28. The purpose of the meeting is to gain publicity and spread information about his SB 195, which would ease ballot access in Pennsylvania. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in room 312 of the Neidig Garber Science Center, on the campus of Lebanon Valley College, 101 N. 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

Nebraska Bill, Repealing Primary Screen-Out, Passes Legislature

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 1, Nebraska LB 349 passed the legislature unanimously. It is an omnibus election law bill. Among other provisions, it repeals the law that says if a voter votes in a presidential primary, he or she can’t sign for an independent presidential candidate. Assuming the Governor signs the bill, Texas will then be the only state in which primary voters are not permitted to sign a petition for either a newly-qualifying Read more »

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May 01 2013

Virgil Goode is a Co-Plaintiff in Pending Lawsuit in Alabama Over Presidential Qualifications

Source: Ballot Access News

Virgil Goode, Constitution Party presidential nominee in 2012, is one of two co-plaintiffs in a case now pending in the Alabama Supreme Court that says the Alabama Secretary of State has a duty to examine the qualifications of presidential candidates before printing their names on the ballot. Briefs from both sides have been filed, and the Court will wait for a reply brief and then decide whether to hear the case. It is 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 30 2013

North Carolina Bill Would Let Independent Candidates be “Independent” on the Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

North Carolina Representative Mark Brody (R-Matthews) has introduced HB 752, to let independent candidates be called “independent” on the ballot, instead of “unaffiliated.” The bill also says if an independent candidate gets on the ballot, if he or she then runs for the same office again in the following election, no petition would be needed if the candidate’s vote total the first time had been at least twice as Read more »

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Apr 30 2013

New York Governor Releases Draft of Proposed Bill to Repeal Wilson-Pakula Law

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the text of a proposed election law bill he hopes the legislature will pass. The proposal is identified as “Legislative Bill Drafting Commission 12024-02-3″, or as “Governor’s Program Bill #4.” The bill, if enacted, would allow anyone to run in any party’s primary, regardless of whether the candidate is a member of that party or not, and regardless of what party officers think Read more »

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Apr 30 2013

British Green Party Has More than 900 Candidates for Local Office on Ballot for May 2 British Elections

Source: Ballot Access News

Great Britain holds local elections on May 2. The Green Party has more than 900 candidates on ballots for local office around the country, according to this story. This is what a small or new party can accomplish when the ballot access laws are lenient and non-discriminatory.

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