AP reports: Candidates Have Until Spring to Launch Third-Party Runs

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“Our ballot access laws are a mess; they are absurd” and March 2016 is the deadline for current R and D primary candidates considering a Third Party run, according Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News, one of the experts quoted in an article by Stephen Ohlemacher of the Associated Press published earlier today.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can’t wait forever.

State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state.

Starting next summer would be too late.

“Ross Perot in 1992 didn’t start petitioning until March,” said Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News. “He was on the ballot in every state.”

The full article can be read HERE.

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