Highest number of states with a ballot-qualified party besides Democrats and Republicans since 1918

Ballot Access News:

In the aftermath of the November 2010 election, 35 states plus the District of Columbia have at least one ballot-qualified party other than the Democratic and Republican Parties. This is the highest such number, immediately after a midterm election, for any election since 1918.

The 15 states without a ballot-qualified party (statewide), other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, are: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. New Mexico is ambiguous; it has two parties that are ballot-qualified for President in 2012 but they cannot run nominees for office other than President without submitting petitions for them. Connecticut is also somewhat ambiguous, because qualified status is determined office-by-office, but there are four minor parties that are now qualified for at least some statewide offices.

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4 thoughts on “Highest number of states with a ballot-qualified party besides Democrats and Republicans since 1918

  1. Mik Robertson

    Unfortunately Pennsylvania will be in that boat until the law changes or some other political party can get 15% of the voters to register with them.

  2. paulie Post author

    Any progress on getting the law changed?

    Richard Winger has this:


    November of even-numbered years is the prime month in the two-year election cycle to ask state legislators to introduce bills. This is the time when state legislators are deciding what bills they will introduce in the new legislative session. State legislators are more active in odd years, than in even years, except in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia. In the other 46 states, most law changes are made in odd year legislative sessions.

    Some states have alarmingly early deadlines for bills to be introduced. The most extreme early deadline seems to be Indiana, where bill ideas must be submitted no later than December of even-numbered years. Indiana happens to be one of the states most in need of ballot access reform.

    If you live in a state with bad ballot access, I am eager to work with you. E-mail me at richardwinger@yahoo.com. Half the states have voluntarily eased their ballot access laws during the last 30 years. But nothing good happens without asking.

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