Category Archives: Third parties, general

Record 31 presidential candidate on the ballot in at least one state

Ballot Access News:

In the 2016 presidential election, 31 individuals are on the ballot in at least one state. This is the most in U.S. history. Of those thirty-one, thirteen are on the ballot in just one state.

The number of candidates in recent past presidential elections, who are on the ballot in at least one state, are:

2012 28
2008 24
2004 17
2000 16
1996 21
1992 23
1988 19
1984 16
1980 21
1976 15

Earlier this month BAN also reported that there is a record number of, and interest in, write-in candidates in this year’s presidential race.… 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 ...

Denying Clinton & Trump 270: Roque De La Fuente’s Rocky Mountain Strategy

By Darcy G. Richardson

rocky-jpegHowever improbable, there might yet be a way to prevent Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump from obtaining the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidency as the 2016 presidential campaign enters the homestretch, says Reform Party nominee Rocky De La Fuente, the longest of long-shot candidates in this year’s presidential sweepstakes.… 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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

Interview with Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation Presidential Nominee

By Peter B. Gemma

unknownGloria Estela La Riva, a labor, community, and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, is running for president under the Party for Socialism and Liberation banner. She first ran as a third-party candidate for President in 1992 as the Workers World Party nominee, and was that party’s vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000.Read more ...