The United States takes pride in calling itself a “democratic” republic, with “free and fair elections.” Yet Illinois election laws are fixed to give a huge advantage to the candidates of just two political parties, stifling all other competition. Such a system cannot justly be described as “democratic” or “free and fair.” That is why the Illinois Green Party urges Illinoisans to speak up and take a strong stand in support of Senate Bill 141.
Submitted to IPR by JR Myers
Now that we’re approaching mid-March 2019, one begins to wonder who the contenders for the Constitution Party presidential nomination might be? The CP is one of only five FEC recognized national political parties. According to Ballotpedia, as of March 11, 2019, there are 605 FEC registered POTUS candidates.… Read more ... “JR Myers: Where Are The Constitution Party 2020 POTUS Candidates?”
The New York State Legislature, which is primarily controlled by Democrats, will be introducing legislation on Monday to ban its longstanding Electoral Fusion Law. This move has been criticized by Third Party activists for being a punishment of the Working Families Party for backing Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic Primary.… Read more ... “New York State Legislature To Vote On Fusion Voting Ban”
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 ... “Bruce Dixon on HR 1”
Posted at https://www.lp.org/2020ballotaccess/:
Ballot access is one of the most critical functions of the national party. “Ballot access” is political speak for “getting our candidates on ballots.”
Every cycle, the Libertarian Party works hard to get our candidates on as many ballots across the country as we can.
As of December 2018, we have ballot access for our 2020 Presidential candidate in 33 states plus D.C.… Read more ... “Libertarian Party: initial 2020 presidential ballot access map and donation link”
… Read more ... “Ballot Access News: November 2018 U.S. House Totals by Party”
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.
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 ... “Chris Powell: ‘Oklahoma City needs ranked-choice voting’”
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 ... “COFOE Helps Pay Expenses for Two Voluntary Lobbyists for Better Ballot Access in Alabama and Georgia”
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 ... “Maine Secretary of State Converts all Registered Libertarians to Independents”
Another infographic from Jim from his dataset at https://imgur.com/a/YsovX illustrates the new record Libertarians set for alternative (“third”) party ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm:
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 ... “Jim: Libertarians set new third party record for ballot access coming out of 2018 midterm”
The Utah State Elections office has ruled that when a party submits a party petition, it is automatically on for the next two elections, not just one election. This means that the Green Party is still ballot-qualified in Utah.
The law is quite clear that when a party meets the vote test, it gets the next two elections.… Read more ... “Favorable Ruling from Utah Elections Office Keeps Green Party on the Ballot”
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 ... “Wyoming Libertarian Party Almost Elected a State Legislator”