I despise Gary Johnson… but I voted for him.

by Austin Petersen, The Libertarian Republic No one has more cause to dislike Gary Johnson than myself. After this man tossed my gift pistol in the trash when I refused to endorse his VP pick Bill Weld (in retrospect a smart decision), it took all the fortitude I possessed not to ignite a full-blown civil war against the ticket. … Continue reading I despise Gary Johnson… but I voted for him.

A Postmortem On Libertarianism: What Happened To Gary Johnson?

by William C. Vaillancourt This was supposed to be the Libertarians’ year. Both major party nominees were disliked at record-breaking levels – and yet together they amassed nearly 95 percent of the popular vote. Gary Johnson flirted with the 15 percent polling threshold needed to qualify for the debates – and yet what little momentum … Continue reading A Postmortem On Libertarianism: What Happened To Gary Johnson?

Jill Stein Raises More Money Post-Election for Recounts than Pre-Election for Campaign

by Andy Craig, IPR Green Party nominee Jill Stein has been engaged in a post-election fundraising drive in order to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. She does not dispute her own vote totals in those states, but is basing her claim on alleged irregularities, the possibility that voting machines were hacked, and how … Continue reading Jill Stein Raises More Money Post-Election for Recounts than Pre-Election for Campaign

Socialist Workers Party Asks Federal Election Commission for an Extension of its Exemption from Reporting Campaign Finances

Ballot Access News In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Socialist Workers Party is entitled to an exemption from reporting its campaign contributors, because the evidence showed that persons identified with the SWP were likely to be harassed. The Federal Election Commission has been exempting the SWP ever since. However, the FEC always … Continue reading Socialist Workers Party Asks Federal Election Commission for an Extension of its Exemption from Reporting Campaign Finances

Washington Secretary of State Won’t Recognize Libertarian Party After All

Ballot Access News On November 30, the Washington Secretary of State said the Libertarian Party is not a ballot-qualified party, even though 5% for president gains that status and even though her web page says Gary Johnson got 5.01%. Even though the Washington Secretary of State has not reported any presidential write-ins since 1992, or … Continue reading Washington Secretary of State Won’t Recognize Libertarian Party After All

New York Voter Vigorously Argues that State Law, Requiring Membership in a Party More than Six Months Before a Presidential Primary, Violates State Constitution

Ballot Access News Earlier this year, Mark Warren Moody, a New York voter, sued the State Board of Elections over the state’s unique law that prevents New York voters from voting in a presidential primary unless they had registered with that party six months and ten days before the April presidential primary. The case is … Continue reading New York Voter Vigorously Argues that State Law, Requiring Membership in a Party More than Six Months Before a Presidential Primary, Violates State Constitution

Jill Stein’s Path for a Pennsylvania Recount is Especially Difficult

Ballot Access News This story explains all the hurdles for Jill Stein to obtain a Pennsylvania presidential vote recount, including an allegation by the state that it is already too late, and the problem that parts of Pennsylvania use voting machines with no audit paper trail. Thanks to Eric Garris for the link.

Almost All Parties With Presidential Candidates in Both 2012 and 2016 Increased Their Vote Totals

Ballot Access News Almost every nationally-organized party that ran a presidential nominee in both 2012 and 2016 received more votes for President in 2016 than in 2012. That is definitely true for the Republican, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Socialism & Liberation, Socialist Workers, and Prohibition Parties. It will probably be true for the Democratic Party, once … Continue reading Almost All Parties With Presidential Candidates in Both 2012 and 2016 Increased Their Vote Totals