Category Archives: Independents

2017 November Election results

Here are the election results I have been able to find so far for this past Tuesday’s November 2017 election. Please post additional results in the comments.

UT-3 (H/T BAN):

Candidate   % Popular Vote Popular Vote
JOHN CURTIS REPUBLICAN 57.57% 62498
KATHIE ALLEN DEMOCRATIC 27.13% 29449
JIM BENNETT UNITED UTAH 08.88% 9641
SEAN WHALEN UNAFFILIATED 02.73% 2968
JOE BUCHMAN LIBERTARIAN 02.18% 2372
JASON CHRISTENSEN INDEPENDENT AMERICAN 01.50% 1633

Charlottesville, Virginia, Elects an Independent to City Council

Charlottesville, Virginia held a partisan election for city office on November 7.

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NC Alternative Parties Hail Passage of Major Ballot Access Reform Bill

LPNC Press Release

RALEIGH (Oct. 17) – North Carolina’s Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties issued this statement in response to the override of the governor veto of a ballot access reform bill:

“SB 656 Electoral Freedom Act is the most significant ballot access bill passed by the legislature in decades. It dramatically lowers the barriers for new political parties and independent candidates to get on the ballot, thus giving all North Carolinians more freedom of choice on election day.… Read more ...

North Carolina Ballot Access Bill Enacted into Law


Ballot Access News:

On the morning of Tuesday, October 17, the North Carolina House passed SB 656. Because the Senate passed it the day before, it is now law. Governor Roy Cooper had vetoed it, but the legislature has now overridden his veto.

Many Democratic members of the House said in debate on October 17 that they support the ballot access liberalization, but that they voted to uphold the gubernatorial veto because of the unrelated part of the bill that eliminates judicial primary elections in 2018.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: If You Wish to Help the Ballot Access Bill Take Effect in North Carolina, Here is the Contact Page for Governor Roy Cooper

Ballot Access News:

As already noted, on October 5 the North Carolina legislature passed the ballot access bill, SB 656. There is a danger that Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will veto it. There is a provision in the bill, unrelated to ballot access, that cancels the 2018 primaries for state judicial elections, and Democrats are opposed to this.… Read more ...

Our America Initiative to Appeal Commission on Presidential Debates Decision

The Jack News:

September 6, 2017, Salt Lake City – Pledging to take the fight to the Supreme Court if necessary, officials with the Our America Initiative plan to appeal an August 29 decision by the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeals court decision upheld an earlier dismissal of Johnson v.… Read more ...

IVN via LP.org: ‘Third-party candidates fight against ‘mafia state’ duopoly’

Bob Johnston at LP.org:

New Jersey Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party and other third parties in New Jersey, dubbed the “mafia state” by the Green Party, are fighting back against electoral procedures that stack the deck in favor of Republicans and Democrats. The Independent Voter Network reports:

New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial race is a battleground for independent and third party candidates who feel the election system is rigged against them, and toward Republicans and Democrats.

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Rasmussen: More than half of voters have voted independent

Via Bob Johnston at LP.org:

Independent Voter

More than half of voters in the United States have voted for an independent candidate, according to data published by Rasmussen Reports. The Independent Voter Network elaborates:

Fifty-three percent of US voters said in a recent survey that they have voted for an independent candidate, according to a Rasmussen report published Monday.

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William Saturn: ‘On Charlottesville’

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A statue honoring Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, Virginia

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

After the events in Charlottesville this past month, I had to clear my thoughts. Discourse had, once again, reached a level of absurdity.… Read more ...

The Jack News: Maine’s Republican Governor Says that Susan Collins Should Run as an Independent


The Jack News:

Paul LePage, the combative Republican governor of Maine, cast shade on the rumored gubernatorial aspirations of the state’s centrist Republican Senator Susan Collins.

In remarks given in an interview with Maine’s WGAN, the controversial firebrand had this to say about one of his possible successors:

I will say this right away.

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Ralph Nader: ‘Can the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the waters recede.… Read more ...

John Kasich denies reports he is considering Independent run in 2020

Ballot Access News:

On Sunday, August 27, Ohio Governor John Kasich was on “Meet the Press”, where he denied that he will run for president as an independent in 2020. Thanks to Political Wire for this news.

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Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Lose Anti-Trust Debates Lawsuit

Ballot Access News:

On August 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein against the Commission on Presidential Debates. Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, 16-7107. The 11-page decision is written by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who has been hostile to minor parties and independents throughout her whole career, which began on the California Supreme Court and then extended to the U.S.… Read more ...