Tag Archives: Independent Party

North Carolina Ballot Access Bill Introduced

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 1, several North Carolina Representatives introduced HB 509, which improves ballot access for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates. Current law for new parties and statewide independents requires a petition of 2% of the last gubernatorial vote, which is now 89,366 signatures.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News Article on the Likelihood of a New “Independent Party” in Louisiana

Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this article, it is likely that a ballot-qualified Independent Party will soon come into existence in Louisiana. Louisiana permits groups to become ballot-qualified parties if they have at least 1,000 registered members, and pay a one-time fee of $1,000.

There are approximately 80,000 voters who wrote in “Independent” on the voter registration forms, in the blank that asks the applicant to choose a party.… Read more ...

Rocky Anderson Nominated by the Independent Party of Connecticut

Rocky Anderson has been nominated by the Independent Party of Connecticut for President. This party last nominated a presidential candidate in 2008, receiving over 1% of the votes for Ralph Nader, which helped them to retain their ballot access for 2012. The party apparently desired a nationwide candidate for president to be on their ballot line in an effort to keep ballot access.… Read more ...

Former Florida Republican State Legislator Will be Independent Party Candidate for Congress Next Year

Ballot Access News:

According to this story, former Florida State Senator Nancy Argenziano will run for Congress in 2012 as the nominee of the Independent Party. Earlier, Argenziano had expressed a desire to be a Democratic Party nominee in 2012, but the new election law passed this year forbids anyone from running in a party primary if that person had been a member of another qualified party during the preceding year.… Read more ...

Independence Party of Minnesota holds balance of power in close race for Governor

According to the New York Times election results board, with 100% of precincts reporting, only 0.5% separates the Democratic and Republican candidates. Additional votes which may be counted, such as provisional ballots, make this race too close to call.

Tom Horner of the Independence Party got 11.9% in this race, with several other candidates in the race:

Chris Wright Grassroots Party 7,513 0.4%
Farheen Hakeem Green Party 6,188 0.3%
Ken Pentel Ecology Democracy Party 6,178 0.3%
Linda Eno Resource Party 4,092 0.2%

In the other three gubernatorial races which the NY Times considers too close to call at this time:

Illinois, 99% reporting – 0.5% separate the Democrat and Republican

Scott Lee Cohen Independent 134,219 3.6%
Rich Whitney Green Party 99,625 2.7%
Lex Green Libertarian Party 34,293 0.9%

In Connecitcut, again 0.5% separate the Democratic and Republican candidates.… Read more ...

U.S. Senate candidate John Mertens endorses Tom Marsh for Governor, proposes federal aid to states

Emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate John Mertens has endorsed Independent Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Marsh. “Tom Marsh has been honest about the huge challenges facing Connecticut in regards to the budget shortfall, and the sacrifices that will be necessary,” said Mertens. “His honest assessment demonstrates the need for another round of direct federal aid to states to help reduce the cuts in education and other services that will be necessary.… Read more ...

Delaware Independent Party, Blue Enigma Party Nominate Candidates

Ballot Access News:

On August 25, the Independent Party released the names of its nominees for U.S. Senator and U.S. House. Also the Blue Enigma Party released the name of its nominee for U.S. Senate. See this story, which also covers the Constitution Party’s failure to regain its spot on the ballot this year.… Read more ...

Peter Allen Re-Enters Gubernatorial Race in Florida

Peter Allen is the founder of the Independence Party of Florida and was a gubernatorial candidate until last Thursday when he abruptly dropped out. Apparently, Allen has reconsidered.

Peter Allen, who pulled out of the gubernatorial race on Thursday, is back in the race.

The founder of the Independence Party said this morning that he had decided to run.

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Constitution Party and Pacific Green Party in Oregon Hold Conventions, Progressive Party Tries to Make Ballot

Jeff Mapes, over at The Oregonian’s political blog, made a comprehensive  post concerning the latest third party events in Oregon. This includes news of the Constitution Party and Pacific Green Party’s convention, the Progressive Party’s efforts to get on the ballot, and the Independent Party’s endorsements.

1. The Constitution Party of Oregon will hold a convention June 26 and expects to pick a candidate for governor. 

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Oregon Independent Party Surpasses 50,000 Voters

Oregon’s Independent Party got a front page story in The Oregonian today. The article details the party’s meteoric growth as well as it’s search for a central focus.

Dan Meek, a longtime Ralph Nader fan and public utility activist, started the Independent Party of Oregon less than four years ago because he was upset that the Oregon Legislature made it harder to run for office if you didn’t belong to a political party.

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Tight Race for Rhode Island Governor

A new Rasmussen survey in Rhode Island finds Lincoln Chafee (I) and Frank Caprio (D) running even in the race for governor at 33% each with John Robitaille (R) trailing at 21% support, while another 13% are undecided.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/04/27/tight_race_for_rhode_island_governor.html… Read more ...

Connecticut Independent Party Chooses Elected Official to Run for Governor

From Ballot Access News

April 27th, 2010
The Independent Party of Connecticut has chosen Tom Marsh to run for Governor this year. He is an elected Selectman in Chester. Marsh was elected as a Republican, but has now switched his registration to show membership in the Independent Party. The Independent Party nominated Ralph Nader for President in 2008 and is ballot-qualified for some offices in Connecticut.… Read more ...