New FEC rule request on presidential debates, noting flaws in Level the Playing Field proposal

via Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On June 3, Independentvoting.org and its attorney, Harry Kresky, asked the Federal Election Commission to issue a new rule about general election presidential debates. Like the earlier request by Level the Playing Field, the request for a new rule seeks to expand entry into those debates. However, the IndependentVoting request points out flaws in the proposal submitted some months ago by Level the Playing Field. Here is the IndependentVoting submission.

Among the objections noted in the request are those reported at IPR on March 18, that awarding a single third podium in the debates to the candidate who gathers the most ballot access signatures would severely discriminate against minor-party candidates with established ballot access. The request notes that the Libertarian Party has that status in 30 states after the 2014 election, and that in no state is signing the petition to place a candidate on the ballot legally an expression of support for that candidate’s election.

It is also unclear if Level the Playing Field’s proposed signature competition would include party status petitions such as the one recently completed in Arkansas, which include ballot access for the party’s still-undetermined 2016 nominee.

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