Tag Archives: District of Columbia

Libertarian Party: Three D.C. Libertarians Heading for Ballot

Bruce Majors, D.C. Libertarian Party Candidate for Mayor
Bruce Majors

Three Libertarians today filed petitions with the D.C. Board of Elections with enough signatures to assure them places on the April 2014 primary ballot. Winners in the primary are automatically assured placement on the November 2014 general election ballot.

The three candidates who filed signatures today are:

*Bruce Majors for mayor.… Read more ...

Judge Rejects Libertarian DC write-in case

Staff at LP blog:

Fox News has published an AP story about a federal judge’s decision to reject the Libertarian Party’s request that the District of Columbia count the write-in votes cast for Bob Barr in the 2008 election.

Ballot Access News:

On March 8, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee, ruled against the Libertarian Party, which was seeking a court order to require the Election Board to count write-in votes for Bob Barr in the November 2008 election.… Read more ...

Highest number of states with a ballot-qualified party besides Democrats and Republicans since 1918

Ballot Access News:

In the aftermath of the November 2010 election, 35 states plus the District of Columbia have at least one ballot-qualified party other than the Democratic and Republican Parties. This is the highest such number, immediately after a midterm election, for any election since 1918.

The 15 states without a ballot-qualified party (statewide), other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, are: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.… Read more ...

D.C. Board of Elections Interprets Vote Retention Law Liberally in order to Avoid Disqualifying Republican Party

Ballot Access News (excerpt):

The District of Columbia defines a party as a group that polled as much as 7,500 votes in the last election, for the offices that do count. When it became apparent that no Republican had polled as many as 7,500 votes this year for an office that counts toward the vote test, it seemed that the party had lost its qualified status.

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Green Party Wins on Election Day 2010

Compiled by Brent McMillan and posted at Green Party Watch by Ronald Hardy:

Wins (including ballot access) on Nov. 2, 2010 – Unofficial Results

Joy Ballard won her race for Saline County Collector, AR. She finished first of seven candidates for one seat with 19,131 votes, 69.28%. Partisan.

Bruce Delgado won his re-election to Mayor of Marina City, Monterey County, CA.… Read more ...

Green City Council candidate Schwartzman challenges Catania to a running race across DC on Oct. 31

Emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

WASHINGTON, DC — David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party nominee for the City Council of the District of Columbia, has challenged David Catania to a foot race across Washington, DC on October 31. Dr. Schwartzman is running against Mr. Catania in the race for the At-Large Council seat.… Read more ...

U.S. Department of Justice Decides Not to Take a Position on Counting Write-in Votes

Ballot Access News:

On June 30, the U.S. Justice Department said that the Department has decided not to take a position in the pending lawsuit Libertarian Party v District of Columbia Board of Elections, now pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The case challenges the practice of the Board of Elections to not count votes for presidential candidates who are not on the ballot in November, but who do file a declaration of write-in candidacy.… Read more ...

Libertarian and Green Party Leaders Will Testify in D.C. Omnibus Election Bill Hearing

The D.C. city council Committee on Government Operations will be holding a hearing on Monday, on the “Omnibus Election Reform Act of 2009,” which strengthens ballot access laws. Libertarian Party national chair Bill Redpath and Green Party Political Director Brent McMillan expect to testify.

The District of Columbia requires more signatures, as a percentage of the number of voters, for minor party and independent presidential candidates, than any other jurisdiction in the U.S.,

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A real political race: Green Party At-Large candidate Schwartzman challenges rivals to cross-DC footrace, Nov. 1

From a Green Party press release sent to contact.ipr@gmail.com

David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green candidate for At-Large Member of the City Council of the District of Columbia, has challenged his rivals in the campaign to a footrace on Saturday, November 1, from Northwest to Southeast DC.

Mr. Schwartzman will begin at 9 am at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan.

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Dave Weigel covers last nights debate between Chuck Baldwin and Ralph Nader in The Nation

Dave Weigel writes regularly for Reason Magazine, and emailed contact.ipr@gmail.com about this article, published in The Nation.
Here’s an excerpt:

It’s one of the paradoxes of election 2008. If no one is happy with Congress, no one is happy with the president, and voters grumble to pollsters about the two parties, it should be a breakout year for some political force.

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Green Party Watch expands on list of ‘campaigns to watch’

Expanding on the list of top campaigns to watch sent out by the Green Party US national office yesterday, Green Party Watch is compiling a larger list of their most active and interesting campaigns.

Interested readers can make additional suggestions at Green Party Watch (or here), and IPR readers who support other parties may want to come up with a list like this for their parties as well.… Read more ...