What percentage of voters can vote for what percentage of candidates?

Two interesting posts at Ballot Access News revealed how many voters will be able to cast their vote for Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader.

According to Richard Winger,

Ralph Nader’s name will be on the ballot this year in states containing 85.2% of the national popular vote cast in 2004. This is far better than his 2004 showing, when he was only on before 50.1%. However, it is not as good as his 2000 showing, when he was on in 90.5% of the nation.
As for McKinney,
This year, Cynthia McKinney will be on the ballot in states that cast 70.5% of the national popular vote in 2004. This is the second best ballot access showing in the party’s history. Only 2000 was better for the Green Party.
Of course, the exact state-by-state distribution of the 2008 national popular vote will be slightly different than it was in 2004. Using the 2004 vote totals is the best approximation one can make at this point.
In 2004, presidential nominee David Cobb had been on the ballot before 54.8% of the voters. In 2000, Green nominee Ralph Nader had been on before 90.5% of the voters.

7 thoughts on “What percentage of voters can vote for what percentage of candidates?

  1. Ross Levin Post author

    Not sure why you posted that here, but I do have to say that from what I’ve seen of the Libertarian Party of Texas, I’ve been impressed. That’s how they got ballot access this year – because some statewide candidates got over 20% of the vote.

  2. Mike Gillis

    I think the reason that Richard hasn’t posted percentages for Barr and Baldwin is that their numbers aren’t finalized yet.

  3. rdupuy

    The LP’s best year was 100% of course.

    The LP really needs to do that every year…well there are a few states here and there that may pass laws to nearly make it impossible, but the real issue is not the ballot access laws.

    The real issues, is all the 3rd parties are so tiny, they cannot afford the ballot access laws.

    A party with a membership of even 50,000 could easily afford to be on the ballot in 48 to 49 states without much trouble.

    We have to have a year when the party doesn’t explode…

    the LP self destructs about every 4 to 8 years. The CP I don’t follow as much, but they have had huge issues out in California, and some state parties (minnesota) didn’t even put Baldwin on the ballot.

    many haven’t even gotten their name the same in every state, and that does hurt brand awareness.

    well nothing new in my post, except I don’t focus on ballot access as much…while all our respective parties are so tiny, the only reasonalbe path ahead: build the party to about 50,000 members.

    You cannot do that exploding all the time and factioning and starting new efforts, etc.

    I have a big ego too, but I support my fellow LP’ers if the choice is Bob Barr, if its Mary Ruwart, I support them, thats the purpose of a party, to unify on a common goal.

  4. Coming Back to the LP

    I’ve supported them all …

    Hospers – OK for a new party
    MacBride – my favorite
    Ed Clark – the best overall
    Bergland – a disaster as his people isolated themselves from those who wanted to help
    Ron Paul – the least Libertarian of them all, squandered funds then as now
    Marrou – the best organized, best planner, ruffled people
    Brown – opportunist, the profiteers were in charge of the LP
    Brown – bad news twice
    Badnarick – a good Libertarian, but come on, we have better choices

    I would have supported Mary Ruwart, Ron Paul again, or even George Phillies (though I never would now, after his nonsense). And so, I’m supporting Bob Barr. He may turn out to be one of the best LP candidates so far.

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