Category Archives: Non-left/right parties

William Saturn: Review of the 2016 Free & Equal Debate

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

On October 25, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation held a debate on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, moderated by actor Ed Asner and Free & Equal founder Christina Tobin. This was the organization’s third election cycle hosting a presidential debate.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘Backing the True Outsider’

William Saturn at Saturn’s Repository:

For the first time in my life, I am voting for a major party presidential candidate. My reasoning, however, has not changed. Tomorrow I will vote for Donald Trump for the same reasons I voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, Chuck Baldwin in 2008, and Gary Johnson in 2012.… Read more ...

New Mexico Libertarian Party Gains Enough Registration to Meet One of the Two Tests to Have its Own Primary

Ballot Access News:

The New Mexico Libertarian Party has never had a government-provided primary. The only minor party that has ever had its own primary in New Mexico is the Green Party, which had one in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004. The state requires a party to meet two tests to have a primary: (1) a vote of 5% for a statewide office; (2) registration of three-tenths of 1%.… Read more ...

Peter Gemma: Election Prediction Challenge

I want to keep this prediction for 3rd party candidates simple: percentage for the Big Two (Green and Libertarian), and, for other 3rd party and independent candidates, vote totals or specific guesses on states.  Since there are so many in the later category, I thought it best to leave those entries open ended; list as many as you wish.… Read more ...

Wikinews Publishes “Final Pleas” From Three Third Party Candidates

In the sixth and final edition of the monthly Wikinews series on the 2016 presidential election, three candidates not invited to Free & Equal’s 2016 presidential debate were provided an opportunity to write a final statement to voters.

Those making their final plea include: America’s Party nominee Tom Hoefling (who asked to use the same statement he made as a final plea as his party’s nominee in 2012); Socialist Party USA and Natural Law Party presidential nominee Mimi Soltysik, and former Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania Tax Assessor James Hedges, nominee of the Prohibition Party.… Read more ...

Rocky De La Fuente Sues California Secretary of State for Refusing his Write-in Declaration of Candidacy

Ballot Access News:

On November 4, Rocky De La Fuente, an independent presidential candidate who is on the ballot in 20 states, filed a lawsuit in California state court against the Secretary of State, who rejected his write-in filing on the grounds that a few of his presidential elector candidates are not registered at the address they listed on their declarations.… Read more ...

Darcy G. Richardson: Rocky De La Fuente, America’s Forgotten Candidate

Darcy G. Richardson at OpEdNews:

While former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has received the lion’s share of the mainstream media coverage provided to third-party candidates in this highly volatile and unpredictable presidential campaign — much of it making a complete fool of himself — several other independent and minor-party aspirants for the White House have struggled for even a small fraction of the attention undeservedly heaped on the seemingly somnolent and gaffe-prone Libertarian Party nominee.… Read more ...

Darcy G. Richardson: ‘De La Fuente, La Riva & Castle Shine in Free & Equal 3rd-Party Debate’

Darcy G. Richardson at Uncovered Politics:

“They gave this election dignity,” asserted actor and debate moderator Ed Asner in his closing remarks at Tuesday night’s Free and Equal third-party presidential debate in Boulder.

The 86-year-old Emmy award-winning actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild was referring, of course, to the three presidential candidates — the Reform Party’s Rocky De La Fuente, Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle — who participated in the lively two-hour forum at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium.… 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

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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 ...

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 ...