Category Archives: Third parties, general

Proposed California Constitutional Initiative to Stop Top Two Filed

Ballot Access News:

On August 11, Thomas E. Palzer and his organization Foundation to Stop Top Two filed a proposed constitutional initiative with the California Attorney General. Here is the text. It would return California to the system used between 2001 and 2010. Parties would again have their own nominees and their own primary ballots.… Read more ...

Jill Pyeatt: ‘My Weekend at Politicon’

My Weekend at Politicon


By Jill Pyeatt

August 6, 2017

A convention for political junkies in my Pasadena neighborhood on July 29 and 30, 2017 was just too hard to resist. So, a few weeks before the event, I wrote for a Press Pass and was pleased to get one. This was a good thing because the event was fairly expensive, especially to attend both days.… Read more ...

IPR turns 9 years old

IPR was launched exactly 9 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. By sheer coincidence – I was not here when the site started, but I was here not very long after that – I had a birthday today as well; a number also associated with a popular caliber of pistol, the sum of the two digits of which adds up to 9.… Read more ...

New York Assembly Passes Bill Moving Independent, Alt Party Petition Deadline from August to May

Ballot Access News:

On May 15, the New York Assembly passed AB 3052 by 127-16. Among other things, it moves the deadline for independent candidate petition deadlines from August to May. Here is the text; see section 13, subdivision 9, of the bill, at the bottom of page seven.

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Nine Constitutional Ballot Access Cases Pending in U.S. Courts of Appeals

Ballot Access News:

At least nine constitutional ballot access cases are pending in various U.S. Courts of Appeals around the nation. Here is a brief status summary:

1. The Eleventh Circuit has all the briefs in Hall v Merrill, 16-16766. The issue is whether Alabama can require a petition of 3% of the last gubernatorial vote in special elections for U.S.… Read more ...

Virginia Libertarian Party Nominates Cliff Hyra for Governor

Ballot Access News:

On May 6, the Virginia Libertarian Party held a state convention and nominated Cliff Hyra for Governor. See this story. Because the Virginia Libertarian Party has never been ballot-qualified, it must submit 10,000 signatures to put him on the ballot. The petition drive had been underway for several weeks and is expected to succeed.

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Iowa Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Straight-Ticket Device

Ballot Access News:

On May 5, Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signed HF 516, which eliminates the straight-ticket device and makes other election law changes. A blog post earlier this week said he had signed it, but that was based on misinformation, so that post had been taken down.

The only states that still have the device are Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah; also it is still in effect in Michigan, even though it has been repealed, because a federal judge ordered it left in place, at least for 2016.

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D. Frank Robinson: ‘Censorship: The State Monopoly of Ballot Printing’

Submitted by D. Frank Robinson to IPR for publication:

Does giving the state governments a monopoly of printing ballots violate the individual’s First Amendment right by abridging freedom of the press?

Until the late 1800’s, all ballots, votes recorded on paper, in the United States were cast as write-in ballots. Voters prepared, that is published, their own ballots or used pre-printed ballots published by political parties.… Read more ...

Peter Gemma: The Impact of Non-Voters

Peter Gemma at The American Thinker:

Dr. Billy Graham has observed that, “bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”

In Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election last week, 57 percent of registered voters stayed home. The race repeatedly made national news because it was possible that a Democrat could be elected to that seat for the first time since 1979.… Read more ...

Nebraska Legislature Passes Bill to Make it Easier for Parties to Remain on Ballot

Ballot Access News:

On April 24, the Nebraska Senate unanimously approved LB 34. It adds a second method for a party to remain on the ballot. The old law requires a party to poll 5% for any statewide race at either of the last two elections. The bill says a party also remains on the ballot if it has at least 10,000 registered members.… Read more ...

Jesse Walker: Election Do-Over Poll Shows Gains for Gary Johnson, Jill Stein; No sign of third-party regrets

Jesse Walker at reason.com:

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If the people who participated in last year’s election could do it all again, Donald Trump would win the popular vote this time—but he wouldn’t actually get more support than before. Instead, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, many Hillary Clinton voters would now stay home or back a third-party candidate.… Read more ...

Does the Establishment Plant Operatives in Third Parties?

Warren Redlich is the owner of Independent Political Report.

I’m writing this to see if we can have a conversation in the comments about something that has been bugging me. Yes I know this is not a typical post for IPR and some will be annoyed, but I don’t do this often.… Read more ...