Ballot Access News
On October 20, a lower state court ruled that the Vermont Secretary of State was following the law when she disallowed the Green Party’s status as a qualified minor party, back in January 2008. The consequence is that Cynthia McKinney will not be on the ballot, and voters who wish to vote her will need to cast a write-in vote. Vermont does not require write-in candidates to file a declaration of write-in candidacy. However, Vermont has a bad record when it comes to tallying write-ins for president and making the tally part of its official state election returns. For example, in 2004, the Vermont Secretary of State refused to provide a tally of write-ins for David Cobb (Green Party presidential candidate) and Michael Peroutka (Constitution Party presidential candidate). Maybe this year she will handle presidential write-ins better.
The lawsuit is Hill v Markowitz, Washington County Superior Court, 640-9-08.
According to the chart at Ballot Access News, the Green Party is on the ballot in 32 states this year, and are registered as write-ins in every other state except Oklahoma and South Dakota. The Greens were on the ballot in 22 states in 1996, 44 states in 2000, and 28 states in 2004.
According to this chart on wikipedia, the Greens have also done a much better job of registering as write-ins this year than four years ago.
In other news from the Ballot Access News chart, the Constitution Party is on the ballot in 37 states, and are registered as write-ins in every other state except DC, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The Constitution Party was on the ballot in 36 states in 2004, 41 states in 2000, 39 states in 1996, and 21 states in 1992.
Ralph Nader, who was the Green Party’s candidate in 1996 and 2000, is on the ballot in 46 states, and is a registered write-in everywhere else except Oklahoma. He was on the ballot in 35 states as an independent in 2004.
Libertarian candidate Bob Barr has 45 ballot lines, and is still suing Connecticut – the only such lawsuit which still hopes to get injunctive relief at this late date, with many state ballots already printed and early voting underway in some states. If the LP wins the Connecticut lawsuit, they will have as many ballot lines as Ralph Nader this year as well as LP Presidential candidate Ron Paul in 1988. The Libertarian Presidential candidates had 51 ballot lines in 1992, 1996 and 2000, except that they had a different Presidential candidate on the ballot in Arizona in 2000. They had 49 ballot lines in 2004. This year, they have write-in status in DC and Maine, and are not on the ballot at all in Louisiana, Oklahoma or West Virginia.