Category: Independent 2013 Elections

Feb 20 2013

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor May Run for Governor as an Independent

Source: Ballot Access News

Virginia holds its gubernatorial election on November 5, 2013. It is assumed that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the Republican nominee and that Terry McAuliffe, former chair of the Democratic national committee, will be the Democratic nominee. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, elected as a Republican in 2009, has hinted he will be an independent “centrist” candidate for Governor this year. Read more »

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Feb 12 2013

Petition Challenge filed to Three Non-Major Party Candidates in Illinois Special U.S. House Election

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 11, only ten minutes before the challenge deadline, the petitions of three candidates for U.S. House (in the special election to fill the vacant Illinois 2nd district seat) were challenged. Petitions for the Green Party candidate, and two of the three independent candidates, were challenged. One independent candidate, Marcus Lewis, did not have his petition challenged. Lewis insists he and his campaign had nothing to do with the challenge.

The challenged candidates are Green Party nominee LeAlan Jones, and these two independent candidates: Curtiss Bey and Elizabeth Pahlke. The hearing on the challenges will probably be next week.

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Feb 12 2013

Missouri Newspaper Discusses Ballot Access Hurdles for Any Possible Independent Candidate in Special U.S. House Election

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The Southeast Missourian has this story, describing what an independent candidate would be required to do, if any independent chooses to run in the June 2013 special election to fill the vacancy in the U.S. House, 8th district. The newspaper says as far as is known, no independent candidate is planning to qualify, so probably the race will only feature a Republican, a Democrat, and a Libertarian. Read more »

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Feb 05 2013

Four Non-Major Party Candidates File for Special U.S. House Election in Illinois

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 4, four candidates filed petitions to be on the ballot in the April 9, 2013 special election for U.S. House, Illinois 2nd district. The seat is vacant because Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigned from Congress shortly after he was re-elected in November 2012.

The four petitions were filed by LeAlan Jones, Green Party nominee; and three independents, Marcus Lewis, Liz Pahlke, and Curtiss Bey. It is not yet known how many signatures each filed. As a result of Read more »

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Feb 01 2013

Partial Victory in Illinois Green Party Ballot Access Case

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 1, U.S. District Court Judge John J. Thorp ordered that minor party candidates for U.S. House, 2nd district, should not be required to obtain more than 3,444 valid signatures to be included in the April 2013 special election. The deadline is Monday, February 4, so there is a possibility that either the Green Party nominee, LeAlan Jones, or the independent candidate, Marcus Lewis, or anyone else, might succeed in surmounting this requirement by the deadline. The case is Jones v McGuffage, Read more »

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Feb 01 2013

Illinois Green Party Request for Injunction May be Decided on February 1

Source: Ballot Access News

It is possible that an order will be released on February 1 in Jones v McGuffage, 12-cv-9997, the Green Party’s ballot access case pending in Chicago. The Green Party is hoping for relief from the law that requires over 15,000 valid signatures by February 4 if the party’s nominee for U.S. House in the special April 2013 election, 2nd district, has a chance to appear on the ballot. Independent candidate Marcus Lewis is also hoping for some relief. Here is the closing brief of the Green Party. Here is the Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Missouri to Hold Special U.S. House Election on June 4, 2013

Source: Ballot Access News

Missouri will fill the vacant U.S. House seat, 8th district, on June 4, 2013. The four ballot-qualified parties (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Constitution) will choose nominees by party committee or convention. Candidates of unqualified parties and independent candidates must submit a petition due in early April. See this\ story.

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Jan 18 2013

Independent Candidate in Illinois Removed from Ballot Because She and Her Husband Collected Too Many of Her Own Signatures

Source: Ballot Access News

Laura Sandefur, an independent candidate in the April 9, 2013 election for Cunningham Township, Illinois Township Assessor, has been removed from the ballot. Illinois law says no one can circulate a petition to place someone on a primary ballot, and then also collect signatures in the same election cycle for an independent candidate or the nominee of a previously unqualified party. Sandefur and her husband had collected signatures earlier to get her on the Democratic primary ballot, but they had Read more »

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Jan 07 2013

Mainstream Candidates in Washington, D.C., Struggle to Collect 3,000 Valid Signatures in Winter Weather

Source: Ballot Access News

Washington, D.C., holds a special election for city council-at-large on April 23. In special elections in Washington, for this office, parties don’t have nominees. Individuals who wish to appear on the ballot must collect 3,000 signatures during the period December 6 through January 23. This news story says that because it is winter, even well-known candidates are struggling with the petition requirement. Any registered voter can sign for any candidate, regardless of party affiliation. Read more »

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