Ballot Access News reports
In every presidential election year, voters of the 50 states are able to cast two votes, at least, for important policy-making office. Every voter in the 50 states may vote for president, and for U.S. House of Representatives.
Therefore, in every presidential election year, there are two measures of minor party and independent support…the presidential “other” vote, and the U.S. House “other” vote.
No one seems to have tallied the “other” vote for U.S. House yet for the 2008 election, but it seems likely to be higher than it had been in recent previous elections. The “other” vote for U.S. House had been very high in 2000, 4.17%. That had been the highest “other” vote for U.S. House since 1938. However, since 2000, the U.S. House “other” vote has been declining. It was 3.58% in 2002, 2.75% in 2004, and 2.49% in 2006. These declines undoubtably reflected the intense struggle between the two major parties for U.S. House; many voters cared intensely about the outcome of congressional elections during the George W. Bush presidency.
Although the votes for U.S. House haven’t been tallied yet, we have these clues that the 2008 “other” vote will be higher than it was in 2006: the Libertarian U.S. House total in 2006 was only 560,400, but in 2008 it is likely to be 1,050,000. The Green U.S. House total in 2006 was only 293,606, but it is likely to be close to 600,000 in 2008. The Connecticut Working Families U.S. House vote in 2006 was only 5,794, but in 2008 it is approximately 70,000.
Although one might feel that the 2008 votes for U.S. House are available now, this is not the case. No figures have been released for the New York qualified minor parties, the Independence, Working Families, and Conservative Parties, because the news organizations do not bother to do it, and the New York State Board of Elections has no results whatsoever so far.
The “other” percentage of the vote for U.S. House, for all elections 1914-2000, is in the May 1, 2001 print edition of Ballot Access News.
The Januray 2005 Ballot Access News shows 1,053,658 total US House votes for the Libertarians and 320,259 for the Greens.
The January 2007 ABllot Access News shows 650,614 votes for the Libertarians and 293,606 for the Greens.
The Greens seem to have improved particularly this year, doing much better in US House races than in either 2004 or 2006. (The URLs above have Constitution and other party totals, but I don’t have that data yet for 2008).
Among other things, they set news records for their party both for US Senate and US House, both in Arkansas. Although the final vote totals are not yet available, Deb McFarland (Green) has at least 64,632 votes in AR-2 (23.33%), and statewide Rebekah Kennedy got over 20% for US Senate.