Libertarian Party Will Attempt Tennessee Party Petition for the First Time

Ballot Access News On August 20, the Libertarian Party national committee voted to help the Tennessee Libertarian Party get on the ballot for the 2018 election.  This will be the first time the Libertarian Party has made a serious attempt to qualify as a party in Tennessee.  The procedure, a petition signed by a number …

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Dick Gregory Dies

Ballot Access News Dick Gregory, the last surviving presidential candidate from the November 1968 election, died on August 20.  He was 84 and was living in Washington, D.C.  He was the Peace and Freedom presidential nominee in 1968.  Here is a major obituary from the Los Angeles Times.  Thanks to Irv Sutley for the link.

Eighth Circuit Sets Hearing Date for Arkansas Libertarian Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News The Eighth Circuit will hear Libertarian Party of Arkansas v Martin, 16-3794, on Wednesday, September 20, at 9 a.m., in St. Louis.  The Libertarian Party had won in the U.S. District Court, and the state is appealing. The issue is the former law that said newly-qualifying parties (which nominate by convention) must …

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Two Libertarians for Pennsylvania Local Partisan Office Defeat Challenges to their Ballot Status

Ballot Access News On August 17, two Libertarian Party candidates for local partisan office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, won decisions in state court that they should remain on the ballot. Jennifer Moore, running for Auditor of Upper Providence Township, was originally told that she needed ten signatures, but the elections office made a mistake, and …

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Seventh Circuit Sets Hearing Date in Illinois Green Party Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News The Seventh Circuit will hear Tripp v Smart, 16-3469, on Monday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m.  This is the Green Party case that challenges the 5% petition requirement for independent candidates for the legislature, and also for the legislative nominees of unqualified parties.  Specifically the case challenges how the 5% petition works …

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Green Party Places a Statewide Judicial Nominee on Pennsylvania 2017 Ballot

Ballot Access News Pennsylvania holds statewide partisan elections for judicial offices on November 7, 2017.  Voters will be asked to vote for four candidates for Superior Court, which is a statewide office.  The Green Party petitioned for Jules Mermelstein for that office, and submitted 4,300 signatures.  The requirement for that office for general election petitions …

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Filing Closes for California Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News California holds a special election on October 3 to fill the vacant 51st district Assembly seat.  The seat is in central Los Angeles.  Here is the list of the 13 candidates who will be on the ballot.  There are ten Democrats, one independent, one Libertarian, and one Peace & Freedom member. If anyone gets …

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Independent Voters in New York City Will be Permitted to Choose a Reform Party Primary Ballot for Mayor

Ballot Access News The Reform Party is ballot-qualified in New York, and has decided to let independent voters participate in its Mayoral primary being held on September 12, 2017.  This will be the first time any party in New York has let independent voters vote in an actual primary.  Some years ago the Independence Party …

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