Category Archives: Third parties, general

John Anderson Dies

Ballot Access News:

On December 3, 2017, John B. Anderson died. He was a member of Congress from 1960 to 1980. In 1980 he sought the Republican presidential nomination, but on April 24, 1980, realizing that Ronald Reagan was certain to become the Republican nominee, Anderson quit the race for the Republican nomination and announced as an independent candidate.… Read more ...

IPR: 18,000 Posts Served; New Writers? Banner Ads/Donors?

IPR now has over 18,000 published posts (articles), posted over the course of about 9.5 years. The pace has slowed down in recent months. If some of our readers would like to be signed up to help post articles please let us know. It is not a paid gig. You can’t post your own editorials, but can post editorials by others, including fellow IPR writers.… Read more ...

Ohio Libertarian Party Has More than 70,000 Signatures on its 2018 Petition for Party Status

Ballot Access News:

The Ohio Libertarian Party’s petition to get back on the ballot now has more than 70,000 signatures. The requirement is 54,965. The party expects to finish by December 31, 2017. This is easily the most difficult petition drive being undertaken by any political party during 2017. The Ohio requirement is the second highest number required by any state for new party ballot status for 2018 (when the easier method to get a new party, with the party label, is compared state-by-state).… Read more ...

Another Write-in Candidate Enters Alabama Senate Race, Gathers Mainstream Coverage

Ballot Access News:

Lee Busby, a former Marine Colonel, and a former aide to current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, says he is a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in the Alabama December 12 election.

Breitbart has dubbed Busby McMuffin 2.0.

IPR has previously reported on the write-in campaign of Libertarian Ron Bishop in the same race, and there are a number of other active write-in campaigns.… Read more ...

Libertarians challenge GA ballot access law in federal court

LP.org:

Libertarian Party of Georgia

Georgia has long had insurmountable ballot access laws, but the Libertarian Party of Georgia and two potential LP congressional candidates have brought suit to challenge them in the U.S. Federal District Court in Atlanta. The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 21, challenges a state requirement that any political party receiving less than 5 percent of the votes in the previous general election must obtain notarized signatures from 5 percent of eligible voters in the district in order to place a congressional candidate on the ballot.… Read more ...

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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