Category Archives: Third parties, general

William Saturn: ‘On Charlottesville’

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A statue honoring Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, Virginia

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

After the events in Charlottesville this past month, I had to clear my thoughts. Discourse had, once again, reached a level of absurdity.… Read more ...

Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Lose Anti-Trust Debates Lawsuit

Ballot Access News:

On August 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein against the Commission on Presidential Debates. Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, 16-7107. The 11-page decision is written by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who has been hostile to minor parties and independents throughout her whole career, which began on the California Supreme Court and then extended to the U.S.… Read more ...

Sacramento Bee Covers Proposed Initiative to Repeal California Top-Two

Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee (H/T Ballot Access News):

Frustrated that Democrats dominate elective office in California, a Republican eyeing a 2018 run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to repeal the state’s top-two primary system that he says shuts out Republicans and disproportionately propels left-wing Democrats into office.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Will Attempt Tennessee Party Petition for the First Time

Ballot Access News:

On August 20, the Libertarian Party national committee voted to help the Tennessee Libertarian Party get on the ballot for the 2018 election. This will be the first time the Libertarian Party has made a serious attempt to qualify as a party in Tennessee. The procedure, a petition signed by a number of voters equal to 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote, is so difficult, no group has successfully used that procedure since 1968.

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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 ...