Tag Archives: ballot access

Delaware Department of Justice: Affirming Libertarian ballot access ‘waste of precious state resources’

From Delaware State News:

Libertarian Party of Delaware's Secretary William McVay

DOVER — A standoff between the Department of Elections and Libertarian Party of Delaware has come to a head.

In April, the party filed a complaint in Superior Court demanding that the elections commissioner recognize their ballot access. The Department of Justice fired back last week calling their request “a needless waste of precious state resources.”

But, the Libertarian Party of Delaware has no intention of backing down until its legitimacy is recognized, party leadership says.… 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 ...

Green Party Files for 2018 Ballot Access in Texas

The Green Party released a statement announcing that they have filed for party registration in order to gain ballot access in Texas for the 2018 election. Their statement reads as follows:

Green Party of Texas Files for 2018 Ballot Access
The Green Party of Texas (GPTX) has filed party registration with the Texas Secretary of State’s office, declaring GPTX intent to nominate candidates to the November 2018 general election ballot.… Read more ...

NC Alternative Parties Hail Passage of Major Ballot Access Reform Bill

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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 ...

Unity Party now a ‘Minor Party’ in Colorado

Content from a media release distributed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

DENVER, June, 7, 2017 — Colorado has added another minor party to its rolls – the Unity Party.

As of Monday afternoon, Colorado Secretary of State records showed the Unity Party with 1,002 registered voters. Passing the 1,000-voter mark gave the party its status for at least the next two general elections, in 2018 and 2020.… Read more ...

Iowa: Libertarians Gain Official Party Status

From the Ottumwa, Iowa Courier:

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that the Libertarian Party of Iowa has obtained official political party status in Iowa, effective March 1. Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson received 59,186 votes, which was 3.8 percent of the vote in the November 2016 general election, surpassing the two percent threshold required by Iowa Code to obtain official political party status.

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Reform Party: “Three States Are Attempting to Keep Reform Party Presidential Candidate Off of Ballot”

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Press release from ReformParty.org, September 5th, 2016:

Reform Party Members and Supporters,

I am glad to announce that the Reform Party’s Presidential candidate, Roque De La Fuente, has gained ballot access in about thirty states. This is a big step up for us, as we have not been on this number of state ballots since 2004.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party secures ballot access in New Hampshire

ImageLibertarian Party presidential and vice presidential nominees Gary Johnson and Bill Weld will appear on the ballot in New Hampshire this November, as their petitions were declared valid by the Secretary of StBallot Aate’s office on September 1.

In addition to Johnson and Weld, two other statewide candidates will be on the general election ballot: Max Abramson for Governor, and Brian Chabot for US Senate.

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Tuscon.com: Arizona Supreme Court upholds ballot signature requirements law

UnknownFrom Tuscon.com (you can read the full original article here):

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday upheld a law that its proponents admitted is designed to help elect Republicans by keeping Libertarians from siphoning away votes.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices acknowledged the new law increased the number of signatures a Libertarian is required to get to run for statewide office by a factor of 25.… Read more ...

LPMN: Gary Johnson to appear on Minnesota ballot

From the Libertarian Party of Minnesota’s (LPMN’s) website (h/t TomP at BAN)

August 23, 2016

Gary-Johnson-2016-flyerWe did it! Former governor of New Mexico and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has achieved a spot on Minnesota’s ballot, ensuring that Minnesotans will gain another choice for president in November.

LPMN activists submitted an initial 2200 signatures on August 2, of which 1950 have already been validated.… Read more ...

Constitution Party chairman reports on ballot access progress

News release from the Constitution Party, August 22nd, 2016:

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

Dear Fellow Patriot:

We have some great news to share with you! We received word this past two weeks that Washington State, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Louisiana are now ballot qualified.  Ohio, Iowa and Tennessee have turned in their petitions with well over the number required so they are all looking good. … Read more ...

Libertarian Party “clears hurdles for ballot access” in Ohio and New York

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Update 8/18: From a forwarded email sent by an LP activist: ““The final hurdle is verification of 12,000 signatures petitioners have collected. Should 5,000 of those be deemed valid, Gary Johnson will be on the Ohio ballot in November as an independent candidate – independent because Ohio raised its ballot access standards in 2013, causing the Libertarian Party to lose state recognition.” The previous title of the article has been corrected – KL

Press release from the Libertarian Party:

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2016

Libertarian Party clears hurdles for ballot access in Ohio, New York

Alexandria – The Libertarian Party’s candidate for president, Gary Johnson, has cleared more hurdles to be on the ballot in Ohio and New York and is on track for ballot access in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.… Read more ...