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C-Span presents “The Contenders”, featuring some third party presidential candidates

Thanks to Ballot Access News for the story.

C-SPAN Will Present “The Contenders”, 14 Weekly Shows Featuring a Presidential Candidate Who Lost But Changed Policy
Ballot Access News / September 3rd, 2011

Starting September 9, C-SPAN will present a new series, “The Contenders”. Each of the fourteen shows will present the story of a presidential candidate who ran and lost, but who changed U.S.

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History of John Anderson’s 1980 Independent Presidential Candidacy About to be Published

from Ballot Access News
History of John B. Anderson’s 1980 Independent Presidential Candidacy About to be Published

May 30th, 2011

Jim Mason’s book “No Holding Back: the 1980 John B. Anderson Presidential Campaign” is about to be published, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon. This book is considerably longer than an earlier history about that campaign, “Diary of a Dark Horse.”

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Green Party Member Elected to Oklahoma City Council Last Month

from Ballot Access News
Green Party Member Elected to Oklahoma City Council Last Month
May 8th, 2011

Dr. Edward Shadid, 43, a spinal surgeon, was elected to the city council of Oklahoma City on April 5, 2011. The election was non-partisan. He had run for the legislature as a Green Party nominee in 2010, and had polled 10.5% in a race against a Democrat and a Republican.… Read more ...

New York Libertarians sue for ballot access, accuse state of failure to count votes

From New York LP chair Mark Axinn via LP blog:

Libertarian Party Candidate Files Lawsuit against NYS Board of Elections for Failure to Count Votes

Warren Redlich, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor of New York in the 2010 election, today filed a lawsuit in Albany County Supreme Court against the New York State Board of Elections, directing the state agency to cease ignoring votes cast for the Libertarian Party.

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Independent candidates have run strong in most of the last ten gubernatorial elections in Maine


From Gordon Weil at Maine’s Morning Sentinel:

Since 1974, when Maine began to see credible independent candidates for governor, there have been 10 gubernatorial elections in Maine. Independents ran in nine of them.

Only two were won by candidates who captured a majority of the vote. In other words, eight of the last 10 Maine governors were elected by less than half of the voters.… Read more ...

Party performance at the top of the ballot: 2010 vs. 2006

Ballot Access News:

Preliminary election returns show these national totals for each party, in the November 2010 election, for the office at the top of the ballot. “Office at the top of the ballot” means Governor. If a state had no gubernatorial election, it means U.S. Senate. For the four states that had neither a gubernatorial nor a U.S.

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Ralph Nader to Promote Ballot Access Reform at Oklahoma City Rally

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Ralph Nader will speak in support of ballot access reform at an Oklahoma City rally on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The event will be hosted in the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom at 3233 Northwest Expressway.

Representatives of Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, the Green Party of Oklahoma, the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma and the newly-formed Pirate Party of Oklahoma, also said they will attend the event.… Read more ...

Free and Equal: Pennsylvania Political Insiders Intimidate Third Party and Independent Candidates to Drop Out of Races on Threat of Extensive Challenge Fees

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Every third party or independent candidate who filed for statewide office this year has been removed from the ballot in a blatant display of intimidation. Organizers from several political parties and voter rights organizations held a press conference, August 23, to explain what happened and why.

Attending were: state Sen.… Read more ...

PA: Calls Mount for Free and Equal Elections in the Keystone State

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

The purge of third party and independent candidates from the Pennsylvania ballot that took place earlier this month seems to be leading to greater calls for reform in the Keystone State. The undemocratic and anti-republican effort led by Democratic and Republican party activists resulted in the expulsion of all third party and independent candidates for statewide office from the ballot.… Read more ...

Candidates Resort to Increasingly Drastic Measures in Fight for Open Debates

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

There are a variety of means by which the Democratic and Republican parties ensure the reproduction of their joint misrule despite the fact that dwindling numbers of Americans are willing to support them in their efforts. Double standards governing access to the ballot for Democrats and Republicans, on the one hand, and everyone else on the other, are aimed at limiting voter choice in local, state and federal elections.… Read more ...

Maine Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Will Only Participate in Debates that Invite all Five Candidates

Ballot Access News:

Libby Mitchell, Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine, says she will not participate in any gubernatorial debates that don’t invite all five ballot-listed candidates to participate. There are three independents on the November ballot, along with the Democratic and Republican nominees. See this story. Thanks to Thomas MacMillan for the link.… Read more ...

Florida Newspaper Calls for Four-Way Debates in Gubernatorial Contest

Darcy Richardson at Uncovered Politics:

The Lakeland Ledger called for three statewide debates this fall between Democrat Alex Sink, Republican Rick Scott and independent candidates Lawton “Bud” Chiles and economist Farid A. Khavari of Miami.

In yesterday’s editorial, the Ledger said that all four candidates should have an opportunity to discuss Florida’s future.… Read more ...