Alabama shuts out all non-presidential independents and smaller parties; lawsuit in the works

Posted at Ballot Access News

Alabama is almost certain to be the only state with no independent or minor party candidates on the ballot this year, for any federal or state office other than president. On July 18, an independent candidate for Governor of North Dakota began circulating his petition. North Dakota had been the only other state in which it was possible that there would be no minor party or independent candidates, but it now seems very likely that North Dakota will have DuWayne Hendrickson on the ballot as an independent for Governor, along with his running mate, Dana Brandenberg, for Lieutenant Governor. They only need 1,000 signatures, and the signatures are not due until September 5. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for the news about Hendrickson.

Andy Shugart is expected to file a lawsuit on July 30 against the number of signatures needed for an independent candidate to get on the ballot for U.S. House from Alabama’s 6th district. Alabama is the only state which requires an independent candidate for U.S. House to obtain more signatures than an independent candidate for president. In 1979 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Illinois State Board of Elections v Socialist Workers Party that it is unconstitutional for a state to require more signatures for a candidate running for an office that covers just part of the state, than that same state requires for an independent candidate running for statewide office. Alabama requires 5,000 signatures for an independent presidential candidate, but requires an independent in the 6th district to submit 6,155 signatures.

6 thoughts on “Alabama shuts out all non-presidential independents and smaller parties; lawsuit in the works

  1. donald raymond lake

    So called Third Party Watch former owner and alternative party sell out Stephen Gordon must be spinning and spinning!

  2. donald raymond lake

    Mister Gordon is an Alabama LP biggie!

    He has expanded to Independent Alabama!

    He was the owner of Third Party Watch!

    His state has no third party down line!

    What’s the ‘huh’ all about?

  3. paulie cannoli Post author


    Mister Gordon is an Alabama LP biggie!

    He has expanded to Independent Alabama!

    He was the owner of Third Party Watch!

    Um, yeah, I know.


    His state has no third party down line!

    State ballot access laws. What are you gonna do?


    What’s the ‘huh’ all about?

    The “spinning and spinning” coment. Huh?

  4. donald raymond lake

    Stephen must be, might be, could be, spinning and spinning in an unhappy daze.

    You and Philip Sawyer sure seem confused on the most simple items!

    I do not think Philip is ‘playing me’ —-are you?

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