Category Archives: Third parties, general

New Mexico Supreme Court eliminates straight party voting

The Green Party of New Mexico agrees with and appreciates the decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court to strike straight-party or straight-ticket voting from New Mexico ballots. Straight-party voting is a device that serves the dominant party.  Minor party, unaffiliated, and write-in candidates are further disadvantaged by a mechanism that encourages voter disinterest.

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Harry Browne, Ralph Nader, John Hagelin, and Howard Phillips debate on Larry King Live, 10/6/96

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David Earl Williams III to run for Alderman, Chicago’s 48th ward

On August 2nd, 2018 – former 2014 Republican candidate for Illinois 9th Congressional district and former Libertarian party of Illinois Lt. Governor candidate, 8x decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, Novelist and medical logistics specialist, David Earl Williams III announced his candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 48th ward.

During his first campaign run for Congress in 2014, he faced allegations of ‘stalking’ an ex-girl friend in Washington D.C., which turned out to be false.… Read more ...

The role of third parties in elections

Excellent discussion right now on http://www.wxxinews.org/programs/connections.

From the Facebook page for the show:

We discuss the role of third parties in elections. In the Ohio special election for Congress this week was nearly too close to call, and the final margin of votes is almost the same as the vote total for the Green Party candidate.Read more ...

Toledo Blade:”No more lesser of two evil”

This editorial was published in the Toledo, Ohio Blade:

Gary-Johnson-Political-Future-1 Partly thanks to increased support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson during the 2016 election, the Libertarian Party has earned a spot on more ballots around the U.S.

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Voters frustrated by having to choose between Democrats and Republicans at the ballot box could soon see some more options when they head to the polls.

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Michael Hewitt Wilson: 12 suggestions for growing local party organizations

Posted by Michael Hewitt Wilson on facebook:

This is a list of 12 items to do and it may help new people get involved and grow their local organization. Don’t try to do all at once. Pick an item that you can do one month and then add another the month after that.… Read more ...

Darcy Richardson, FL Reform Party gubernatorial nominee, endorsed by Libertarian

by Peter B. Gemma

Richardson, who recently switched from a bid for State Representative as an Independent, is now running for Florida Governor as the nominee of the Reform Party. In 2016, he was a candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

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June 28, 2018

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DARCY RICHARDSON SCORES AN EARLY ENDORSEMENT

[JACKSONVILLE, FL] – Darcy Richardson, the Reform Party of Florida’s nominee for governor, received an early endorsement from a prominent former Libertarian on Thursday.… Read more ...

GOP Maine governor says he ‘probably’ won’t certify results of ranked-choice primary election

From The Hill:

The Republican governor of Maine is saying he may not certify the results of the state’s primary elections on Tuesday.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he may decide against certifying the results because of an objection to the state’s new ranked-choice system, where voters submit a ballot that ranks votes for candidates in order of preference, according to WCSH-TV.… Read more ...

Prohibition Party National Chairman Calls for Third Parties to Join Together in the Fight for Better Ballot Access Laws

In the latest issue of the National Prohibitionist, Prohibition Party National Chairman Rick Knox made statements on the issue of unequal ballot access laws and called for third parties and members of the public to join together in the effort of improving ballot access laws.

Here are some excerpts of his statements

“Thanks to the two-party duopoly, many citizens are denied the right to vote their consciences because preferential ballot-access laws prescribe different criteria for major party and minor party candidates.… Read more ...

Maine’s top court clears way for ranked-choice voting in June

In this Thursday, April 12, 2018, photo, Justice Andrew M. Mead, third from right, asks a question during a hearing in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on whether ranked-choice voting can be used in Maine's June 12th primary, in Portland, Maine.  The system lets voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Bangor Daily News:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Ranked-choice voting will be used in Maine’s June primary elections, the state’s high court ruled on Tuesday in a massive win for supporters of the first-in-the-nation system that has faced constitutional scrutiny and run a political gauntlet in the Legislature.

The decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court allows Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to continue implementing the system for gubernatorial and congressional primaries just before his office needs to finalize state ballots for printing to go to overseas voters later this month.… Read more ...

GP.org: ‘What happens when you have ballot access but the state won’t put you on the ballot’

Geoffrey Cubbage, Secretary of the Illinois Green Party, reflects on the difficulty of running for office in Illinois.

Today I got to go down to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and the Cook County Clerk’s office to file candidate paperwork with them—again—because the Green Party did not get enough votes in the March primary, a primary which the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners refused to conduct for the Green Party altogether, and which the Cook County Clerk nominally conducted for the Green Party, but at which dozens of our would-be voters reported being told at the polls that they could not vote Green, only Republican or Democrat.… Read more ...

Citizens in Charge Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Independent Party

Ballot Access News:

Citizens in Charge has filed this amicus curiae brief in Independent Party v Padilla, 17-1200. The issue in the case is whether the California Secretary of State violated the rights of the voters who formed the Independent Party, when he refused to instruct county election officials to tally up how many registered voters the Independent Party has.… Read more ...