Tag Archives: elections

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 ...

NC Libertarians conduct first ever US Senate candidate forum

From LPNC.org

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina held its first ever U.S. Senate candidate forum April 5 during the annual state convention in Durham. Candidates Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham answered questions submitted by Libertarians from across the state. The forum was streamed live and moderated by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal associate editor.… Read more ...

Watch NC US Senate Candidates forum live

Press release from the Libertarian Party of North Carolina

RALEIGH (April 3) – Watch North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham answer important questions at the 2014 Libertarian Party of North Carolina State Convention in the run-up to the primary.

The live broadcast begins at 4 p.m.… Read more ...

Independent American Party: Stop the Federal Power Grab of Our Elections

Posted June 20th by Independent American Party chairman Kelly Gneiting:

No fewer than five bills to increase federal control over American elections have been filed in the 113th Congress. The Obama administration has appointed a bipartisan presidential commission supposedly for the purpose of streamlining election procedures and reducing the long lines.… Read more ...

Lee Wrights: The Quiet War On Ballot Access

by R. Lee Wrights

Not all of America’s wars are clear and visible. For decades establishment politicians have been waging a quiet, secret war most Americans don’t even realize is going on. But this war is just as destructive of our liberty as the war in Afghanistan, the war on drugs, the war on taxpayers and the myriads of other conflicts our government is waging.… Read more ...

Tuesday, June 7: Electoral Freedom Act to be considered in North Carolina

Sent to the IPR submissions e-mail by Paulie. Received from the announce list at lpnc.org:

Below is a special message from Free the Vote North Carolina, a coalition of which the LPNC is a member.

Please call or write your representative this Monday or Tuesday and ask them to support the Electoral Freedom Act (H32), a bill that will significantly ease ballot access restrictions in NC.… Read more ...

Wayne Root: The Gold, Silver & Bullet Economy

Welcome to “the Gold, Silver and Bullet economy.” Great job Obama is doing as President and CEO of the American economy, huh? I don’t mean to say, “I told you so.” But I told you so. When I ran for Vice President of the United States on the Libertarian Presidential ticket, I played a modern day Paul Revere.… Read more ...

Liberty Point: Win or lose, Libertarians make a difference

Brian Irving at Liberty Point:

North Carolina’s Libertarian candidates are optimistic that regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, their campaigns have made a difference. They are optimistic because of the reaction they’ve received from voters unhappy with the two major parties.

“Voters are quite polarized this year, so my results are going to depend on turnout of unaffiliated and disenchanted Republican voters, plus a low Democrat turnout,” said Lon Cecil, candidate for U.S.… Read more ...

Poli-Tea raises the important question of low voter turnout and third parties

d.eris writes on Poli-Tea:

Arguably, one of the most important strategic questions for independent and third party activists is how to motivate non-voters in future elections. Voter turn-out was quite low, for instance, in the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, where 39% and roughly 45% (according to my calculations) of registered voters cast a ballot, respectively.

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Election open thread

If you have any news about the elections tonight or the results, this is the place to post them.  Hopefully I will be able to liveblog some of it tonight.  If anyone knows where to get election results, that will also be appreciated.

To start off, here’s a recent article about Matt Reichel:

Back at his office after a long morning of greeting voters and putting up campaign signs, Reichel seemed less sanguine than he had at the start of the day.

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“Fair Elections Now Act” introduced in US Congress

A bill called the Fair Elections Now Act, HR 1826,  has been introduced to Congress, and is being referred to the Committee on House Administration, along with the “Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means,” according to the bill. It is an attempt at nationwide campaign finance reform and would be a voluntary system that a candidate would have to qualify for to get funding.… Read more ...

In Alexandria, VA, two independent candidates run different, classic campaigns

There are ten candidates running for six seats on the Alexandria City Council in northern Virginia. Election Day is Tuesday, May 5th 2009. Rich Williamson is an independent candidate in the race, running on the theme of breaking the one-party machine. Alicia R. Hughes, another independent in the race, is running on a theme of inclusion.… Read more ...