Category: Third Parties General

Apr 29 2013

North Carolina Ballot Access Activists Have Appointments with Six Legislators on April 30

Source: Ballot Access News

Brian Irving is coordinating appointments between ballot access activists and North Carolina State Representatives who are on the House Elections Committee. He has appointments with six such state legislators at various times on April 30, Tuesday. Other proponents of improved ballot access will be joining him. If you live anywhere near Raleigh and you wish to help, his e-mail is brian@libertypoint.org. Read more »

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Apr 29 2013

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Editorializes in Favor of Easier Ballot Access for Indiana

Source: Ballot Access News

The April 26 Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has this editorial, which ran a few hours before the convictions in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary petition fraud prosecution. Toward the end of the editorial is a suggestion that Indiana’s ballot access laws be eased.

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Apr 29 2013

CCTUC Leaders Cody Quirk and Joshua Fauver Interviewed On The Lesiak Report

Source: Independent Political Report

On April 27th, yours truly interviewed Joshua Fauver and Cody Quirk on my radio show, The Lesiak Report, which airs on LibertyMovementRadio.com every Saturday at 9 PM CST. Fauver and Quirk are Constitution Party activists who are vice-chairman and chairman of the Clarion Call to Unite Committee (CCTUC), respectfully The CCTUC is an organization working to bring constitutionalist and right-wing minor parties under one banner, Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Connecticut Bill to Ban Fusion Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 5, the Connecticut Joint Government Administration and Election Committee passed SB 1146, the bill that makes it illegal for a party to nominate a non-member. However, the bill has not yet been voted on in either House. The intent of the bill is to ban fusion, but the bill goes beyond that.

The Joint Committee has three Senators and eleven House members. Two of the three Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Reform Bill Can’t Pass This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

Oklahoma SB 668 lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party in midterm years, from 5% of the last presidential vote, to 5% of the last gubernatorial vote. Even though it had passed the Senate unanimously, and had passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously, it failed to be brought up on the House floor by the April 24 deadline. Read more »

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Apr 25 2013

New York City Independence Party Wants Wilson-Pakula Law Repealed for Large Parties but Preserved for Small Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

The New York City Independence Party has issued recommendations for election law changes in New York state. See them here. The party recommends that the Wilson-Pakula Law be repealed for large political parties such as the Democratic and Republican Parties, but preserved for smaller qualified parties. The Wilson-Pakula law gives party county chairs the power to decide whether a non-member of a party may run in Read more »

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Apr 25 2013

Short Political Science Essay on Why Political Parties are Essential for a Democracy

Source: Ballot Access News

Political scientist Richard J. Hardy wrote “The Paradoxes of Political Parties in American Constitutional Government” in 2011. Here is a link to his 27-page article. Even though it is not new, it is relevant today, especially since many individuals believe that political parties are not useful and that the U.S. would be better off if they didn’t exist. There are many books that make his points, but this article is much Read more »

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Apr 25 2013

April 2013 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Source: Ballot Access News

Ballot Access News
April 1, 2013 – Volume 28, Number 11

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Apr 25 2013

Clarion Call To Unite Committee: Statement on the Current Situation within the National Constitution Party

Source: Clarion Call To Unite Committee (via Independent Political Report)

While the Clarion Call To Unite Committee previously issued a brief statement on the unfortunate matter pertaining to the results of the Constitution Party National Committee meeting in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday; however, there are also, at this current moment, increasing reports that the supposed vote taken during the early Saturday morning portion of their meeting may have been intentionally manipulated, or Read more »

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Apr 24 2013

District should adopt instant-runoff elections

Source: The Washington Post (via Ballot Access News)

CONGRATULATIONS to D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D) for winning Tuesday’s special at-large election and also to Elissa Silverman (D) for a strong showing as a first-time candidate. But the abysmal voter turnout that saw a winner supported by roughly 3 percent of eligible voters must prompt concern about how these elections are held. Not only does the District need to examine how to boost voter participation but it also Read more »

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