Richard Winger: Supreme Court continues record of hostility to minor parties and independent candidates

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Richard Winger writes of the Supreme Court’s abysmal record on appeals filed by political parties and candidates outside the Republicans and Democrats.

[…] This state of affairs is partly because the U.S. Supreme Court, for the last 23 years, has fostered the status quo and upheld laws that protect the two major parties from competition.

Starting in June 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear every case filed by minor party or independent candidates against restrictive laws that bar them from the ballot or debates or otherwise injure them, with only a single exception: a case from Georgia in which Libertarian Party candidates challenged the state law requiring all candidates for state office to be tested for illegal drugs.

Setting aside that exception, there are now 54 examples when minor parties and independent candidates asked for help from the court, and were refused, during the period from 1992 to the present.

Read the rest of the article at the Hill, including how the Court ruled that “promoting the two-party-system” can be a legitimate justification for laws harming third-party and independent candidates.

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