Unity Party Becomes a Qualified Party in Colorado

Ballot Access News On June 7, the Colorado Secretary of State determined that the Unity Party has the needed 1,000 registrations to become a qualified party. See this press release from the Secretary of State’s office. Colorado won’t keep track of the number of registered voters in unqualified parties, unless that unqualified party had previously …

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New Jersey Has Fewer Gubernatorial Candidates on General Election Ballot This Year Than Any Year Since 1989

Ballot Access News This year’s New Jersey gubernatorial election will have seven candidates on the November 7 ballot. That is a smaller number of candidates for that office in the general election than at any time since 1989, when there were six. The 2017 ballot will have the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green, …

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Maine Bill that Puts Libertarian Party on Ballot, and Makes Modest Improvements to Ballot Access for New Parties, Passes Committee

Ballot Access News On June 7, the Maine Joint Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee passed LD 1571, after amending it so that it makes only modest improvements to the party qualification and retention process. The original version of the bill had made bigger improvements. The bill makes it clear that the Libertarian Party is to …

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British Columbia Likely to See a Referendum on Proportional Representation in Autumn 2018

Ballot Access News According to this story, at the very end, the British Columbia New Democratic Party and Green Party have agreed that the voters of British Columbia will vote in autumn 2018 on whether to use proportional representation. Because those two parties, together, have a slight majority in the new legislature, their plan for …

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Level the Playing Field and Other Debate Plaintiffs Ask U.S. District Court to Order FEC to Act Against Commission on Presidential Debates

Ballot Access News On May 26, Level the Playing Field, Peter Ackerman, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein filed this amended complaint, asking that the court order the Federal Election Commission to require the Commission on Presidential Debates to revise its debate invitation criteria. The case is Level the Playing Field v FEC, U.S. District Court, …

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British Columbia Greens Will Work with New Democratic Party to Organize Provincial Legislature

Ballot Access News On May 29, the British Columbia Green Party announced that it will work with New Democratic Party legislators to organize the provincial legislature. See this story. No party has a majority, so it was up to the Greens to decide whether to choose the NDP or the Liberal Party. On Wednesday, May …

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Level the Playing Field Debates Case Returns to Court

Ballot Access News Two lawsuits are currently pending to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to ease its rules on who can participate in general election presidential debates. One of those cases, Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, charges that the FEC has a duty to enforce federal campaign finance law, and that …

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New Pennsylvania Registration Data

Ballot Access News The Pennsylvania Department of State has released a voter registration tally for the May 2017 primary, which was held earlier this week. The percentages are: Democratic 47.94%; Republican 38.29%; Libertarian .55%; Green .15%; other and independent 13.08%. In November 2016, the percentages were: Democratic 48.34%; Republican 37.85%; Libertarian .56%; Green .16%; other …

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Illinois Green Party Files Reply Brief in Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News On May 13, the Illinois Green Party filed its reply brief in the Seventh Circuit in its ballot access case, Tripp v Smart, 16-3469. The issue is the 5% petition for legislative nominees of unqualified parties, as applied to rural districts without centers of population, combined with the requirement that each petition …

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