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NYC Independence Party Leader Fred Newman Dies At Age 76

The New York Times provides a thorough obituary. One quote of interest for third party junkies:

His greatest impact came through mobilizing his followers, sometimes called “Newmanites,” to build alliances with third parties, including that of the Texas independent H. Ross Perot.

“If it weren’t for the Independence Party, Mike Bloomberg might not have become mayor,” said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College.

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Richard Winger of Ballot Access News: IndependentVoting.org is ‘a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot’

Reprinted in full, with permission, from Ballot Access News.

Government-printed ballots in the United States were first created in 1888, and almost from the start, opponents of new and minor political parties started manipulating the ballot access laws to keep certain parties off the ballot.  The first such instance was in Nevada, when the 1893 legislature increased the petition requirement for new parties and independent candidates to 10% of the last vote cast, in a vain attempt to keep the Peoples (Populist) Party off the ballot.… Read more ...