Category Archives: Independents

Bruce Dixon on HR 1

House Democrats’ HR 1 – Faking the Funk on Voting Rights, Spreading Fear and Gunning For the Greens in 2020

It’s a new year, and Democrats running the House of Representatives under Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer need to rebrand themselves and prepare for the 2020 elections. So they’ve rolled out what they and their corporate media hacks are calling their flagship bill, HR 1, a 571 page monstrosity with dozens of empty promises they wouldn’t keep even if they could, along with a couple of serious threats against left dissenters in general and the Green Party in partucular that they just might.… Read more ...

Third Parties Can’t Win, Part 1

“Third-parties have no chance of winning!” -Way too many voters in Arkansas

Admittedly, this indubitably frustrating refrain echoes on the lips of thousands of Arkansas voters every election. Any time a third-party candidate asks for a vote, with a dreadful certainty, this rejoinder is ripped quickly from its sheath and enthusiastically deployed in parrying any thoughts of winning an election that may have been dancing in the minds of third-party candidates.… Read more ...

John Kasich Appears to Rule Out Running for President in Republican Primaries, May Run as Independent

Ballot Access News:

On December 19, Ohio Governor John Kasich said he couldn’t win the 2020 Republican nomination against President Trump, and therefore he would stay out of Republican primaries. He appears to still be open to running as an independent in 2020, however. See this story.

The news follows the announcement that

President Donald Trump’s political operation will subsume much of the Republican Party’s apparatus ahead of 2020’s presidential election, party sources tell CNN, merging his already up and running re-election campaign with the Republican National Committee.

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Ballot Access News: November 2018 U.S. House Totals by Party

Ballot Access News:

All states have finished their official vote tallies except for West Virginia. The national totals for U.S. House by party (using the unofficial West Virginia returns, which will probably be almost exactly like the official ones) are:

Democratic 60,447,537; Republican 50,751,049; Libertarian 768,015; Green 224,919; Working Families 217,172; Conservative 207,094; Independent Parties (of Connecticut, Louisiana and Oregon) 74,672; Reform 66,579; Constitution 59,972; Independence Parties (of Minnesota and New York) 57,463; Working Class 53,102; Women’s Equality 41,317; United Utah 36,177; Legal Marijuana Now 15,791; American 15,011; Progressive 10,758; Independent American of Utah 6,686; Liberty Union 3,924; and Socialist Equality 2,213.

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Chris Powell: ‘Oklahoma City needs ranked-choice voting’

2018 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Chris Powell in the Daily Oklahoman by way of Ballot Access News (excerpt):

As separate elections, runoffs are an additional cost to the taxpayer. With different and usually much lower turnout, they often produce a result that doesn’t reflect the will of the primary voters. A process that would combine the runoff with the primary, save taxpayer dollars, be more convenient for voters and eliminate the effects of lower turnout would be an obvious improvement.… Read more ...

COFOE Helps Pay Expenses for Two Voluntary Lobbyists for Better Ballot Access in Alabama and Georgia

Ballot Access News:

Thank you to the several hundred people who have contributed to the Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) over the years. COFOE is a loose coalition of most of the nation’s nationally-organized minor parties, and some allied organizations. Recently COFOE sent $1,000 to a volunteer lobbyist for better ballot access in Alabama, and $1,000 to a volunteer in Georgia.Read more ...

Maine Secretary of State Converts all Registered Libertarians to Independents

Ballot Access News:

On December 14, the Maine Secretary of State converted all 5,500 registered Libertarians to registered independents. The Maine Secretary of State had been told that the party intends to file a lawsuit soon, arguing that it is unconstitutional for states to automatically change voter registration just because the party goes off the ballot.… Read more ...

Jim: Libertarians set new third party record for ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm

Another infographic from Jim from his dataset at illustrates the new record Libertarians set for alternative (“third”) party ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm:

See Also:

Jim: comparing voter registration trends of current nationally organized third parties in the US since 1970

Good news for Libertarian Party from 2018 election

Comparing Qualified Party Status for Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, Relative to Four Years Ago

Most recent LP national ballot access committee report

Based on this and subsequent email discussions the states which the LP will need to petition or add voter registration to be on the next presidential ballot in are:

AK (several hundred voter regs will be needed), AL, AR, IA, IL, OH – maybe, maybe not; informally it has been reported that SOS will not side with us but Richard Winger believes we have a good legal case, MD – may be won thru a lawsuit, ME – may be won thru a lawsuit, MN, ND, NH, NJ, RI, PA, TN, VA, WA and WI.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats’

By Ralph Nader at

The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

Republicans have been winning the “war over words” for years. First, the hard core political right wingers symbolically claimed the Bible and the American flag, turning them upside down.… Read more ...

Wyoming Libertarian Party Almost Elected a State Legislator

Ballot Access News:

On November 15, the Wyoming Secretary of State released the official election returns. See them here. Libertarian State House nominee Bethany Baldes, in the 55th district, polled 49.2% of the vote in a two-person race. The Republican incumbent, David Miller, won with 50.8%.

Wyoming has not elected any third party nominee to the legislature since 1900, when a Populist won a State Senate seat.… Read more ...

Minor Party and Independent Candidate Vote for Top Offices is Lowest Since 1982


Although the election returns for 2018 are far from complete, it is possible to know now that the minor party and independent vote for the top office in each state this year is only 2.8%. This is the lowest percentage since 1982, when it was only 1.8%. The highest percentage since World War II was 2010, when it was 5.4%.

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Jack Gargan, Reform Party Pioneer, Dies

Ballot Access News, November 4:

In the last few days, Jack Gargan died at the age of 88 in Thailand, where he had been living. Gargan had formed an organization called T.H.R.O. in 1990, which encouraged voters not to re-elect their member of Congress. In 1991, after his movement had become quite well-known, he and John J.… Read more ...