Posted at Ballot Access News:
The November 2008 Colorado ballot will list 16 presidential candidates. This is the most crowded ballot in U.S. history for president at a general election. The previous record was 14, set in 1992 in three states (Iowa, Tennessee, and Wisconsin).
This year, it appeared that 18 candidates would be on in Colorado. However, two candidates who filed by the June 17 deadline did not complete the filing. The law does not require the candidates for presidential elector to be submitted on June 17. Elvena Lloyd-Duffie of Chicago, and William R. Koenig of Alexandria, Virginia, did not submit candidates for presidential elector. Koenig decided not to submit any candidates for elector because he decided that he supports John McCain for president. His original ballot label had been “unaffiliated”. It is not known why Elvena Lloyd-Duffie did not complete her filing. Since she had chosen the ballot label “Republican”, even if she had completed her filing, the Secretary of State would have required a different label.
The sixteen candidates who are on are the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Socialist, Socialism and Liberation, Socialist Workers, Prohibition, America’s Independent, Boston Tea, Objectivist, Pacifist, and Heartquake Parties. Two independent candidates on are Ralph Nader and Frank McEnulty; their label is “unaffiliated.”
Colorado requires that candidates pay $500 to be on the ballot, but has no signature requirement. Those who think that having 16 candidates is a crowded ballot might be interested to know that 111 parties appeared in the Iraqi elections, and 135 candidates for Governor were listed on the California special election in 2003.