Category Archives: Independents

Short Wikinews Interview with Darryl Perry

As part of Wikinews’ monthly series on the 2016 presidential election, I briefly interviewed write-in presidential candidate Darryl Perry.

On September 29, writer and former 2016 Libertarian Party (LP) presidential candidate Darryl Perry, the newly-elected chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire (LPNH), announced the creation of a write-in campaign for president across several states.… Read more ...

Wrapping-up Third Party Presidential Candidates Series

images-1by Peter B. Gemma

I have to wrap-up the series of interviews with third party presidential candidates as I am going away until just before the election. Almost every campaign was cooperative, forthright, and appreciative of the opportunity.

Despite several inquiries, I did not get the courtesy of a reply from the Gary Johnson and Jill Stein campaigns.… Read more ...

Interview with Dan Vacek, Legal Marijuana Now Presidential Nominee


by Peter B. Gemma

In 1998, Legal Marijuana Now was organized as a grass roots movement to coordinate petition drives to place pro-cannabis candidates on Minnesota ballots.  Legal Marijuana Now earned recognition as a political party in the state when its candidate, Dan Vacek, earned 57,604 votes (three percent) in the 2014 race for Minnesota Attorney General. Read more ...

Prediction: 3rd Parties Will Win

by Peter B. Gemma

Commentary originally published by OpEdNews

piechartelection2016-1-56-06-pmIn a vacuum of serious policy decisions and debates, minor parties can be effective catalysts for issues that are eventually absorbed by the major parties. In his book The Other Candidates: Third Parties in General Elections, author Frank Smallwood observed that alternative political candidates, “have often been successful in advancing initiatives that have later been incorporated into our political life.… Read more ...

McMullin Canvassing Call Script/Flyer Released


The following email from Brady Quinn, Utah Operations Director for McMullin for President was received by IPR earlier today.

“I wanted to tell you the response from Utah supporters willing to canvass and spread the word has been overwhelming. Thank you for being a part of this movement!

“Don’t worry about attending a canvassing training, or using the app.… Read more ...

Interview with America’s Party Presidential Candidate Tom Hoefling

By Peter B. Gemma

5391f20d0ddd8-preview-620Tom Hoefling of Iowa is the presidential nominee of America’s Party, and was its standard bearer in 2012. Hoefling ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a seat in the Iowa House in 1998, and was a GOP candidate for Governor in the 2014 Iowa Republican primary where he received 26,300 votes, about 17 percent, against Terry Branstad the five-term incumbent Governor.Read more ...

Bernie Sanders

Write-ins could propel Bernie Sanders in Vermont, even though he doesn’t want to win

Alex Daugherty at McClatchcyDC by way of Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to be president, but he could snatch three electoral votes in Vermont.

That’s because Vermont is one of seven states that allow voters to write in anyone for president, even if they have no intention of running for office.… Read more ...

The Other Way an Alternative Candidate Could Pick Up an Electoral Vote: When electors defect


Jesse Walker at Reason:

Hillary Clinton is almost certain to carry Washington state next month. But she won’t necessarily collect all of its electoral votes. Robert Satiacum Jr., one of the Democratic Party’s slate of 12 electors in Washington, has been mulling in public about whether he can bring himself to vote for his party’s nominee.… Read more ...

Interest in, number of write-in options grows this year

Google Searches Involving “Write-In” Vastly Increase

According to this story, google searches involving “write-in” have been very high recently. The story says a large share of them involve “write-in Bernie Sanders.”

South Dakota Secretary of State Reminds Voters that Write-ins in South Dakota are Not Allowed (excerpt):

South Dakota is one of four states that has never permitted write-in voting.

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Green Papers Has List of Presidential Candidates in Each State, Including Those Whose Write-ins Will be Counted

Ballot Access News:

The Green Papers has this very useful list of which candidates in each state are qualified to receive votes. Scroll down to find the list of states. Click on any state to learn which candidates are on the ballot for president, with their label, and also which presidential candidates who are not on the ballot have qualified to have their write-ins tallied.… Read more ...

Three Presidential Candidates Confirm for Debate @ CU Boulder, October 25th

Free and Equal:

Denver, CO – Three candidates for President of the United States have confirmed their participation in the Free and Equal People’s Presidential Debate at Macky Auditorium on the campus of CU Boulder October 25th. Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party, Rocky De La Fuente, of the Independent, Reform and American Delta Party, and Gloria LaRiva of Party for Socialism and Liberation are slated to face-off.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: ‘Trump–Betrayer in Chief’

Ralph Nader at

Let’s say you’re inclined to vote for Donald Trump largely because you dislike Hillary Clinton and are fed up with government messing up and serving Wall Street over Main Street. You’ve heard all the things said about Trump and it doesn’t make any difference because he says with absolute confidence that he is going to shake up Washington and “make America great again.”

Why not try this experiment to bring matters down to earth where you live, work and raise your families?… Read more ...