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 …

Continue reading Unity Party Becomes a Qualified Party in Colorado

Iowa Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News Iowa holds a special election on June 27 to fill the empty State House seat, 22nd district. According to this story, the Republican and Libertarian Parties placed a nominee on the ballot, but the Democratic nominee missed a filing deadline and will be a write-in candidate. There is also an independent candidate …

Continue reading Iowa Special Legislative Election

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, …

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

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 …

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

U.S. District Court Strikes Down Kentucky Campaign Finance Law that Let Individuals Give More to Democratic and Republican Committees than Committees of Other Parties

Ballot Access News On June 6, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman, a Carter appointee, struck down a Kentucky campaign finance contribution limit that discriminated in favor of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and against all other parties. Shickel v Dilger, e.d., 2:15cv-155. The law, sec. 121.015(3)(b), said that individuals could give $5,000 …

Continue reading U.S. District Court Strikes Down Kentucky Campaign Finance Law that Let Individuals Give More to Democratic and Republican Committees than Committees of Other Parties

Arkansas Libertarian Party Will Submit Petition for Party Status on June 12

Ballot Access News The Arkansas Libertarian Party will submit its petition for party status on Monday, June 12. The law requires 10,000 signatures and the party will submit approximately 15,000. This will be the second petition submitted for party status in any state this year, by any third party. The first was the petition of …

Continue reading Arkansas Libertarian Party Will Submit Petition for Party Status on June 12

New Jersey Constitution Party Gubernatorial Nominee on Ballot

Ballot Access News The New Jersey Constitution Party has successfully placed Matt Riccardi on the New Jersey ballot for Governor, for the November 2017 election. This is the first time in the party’s history that it has had a nominee on the ballot for that office. Here is the party’s web page. However, because the …

Continue reading New Jersey Constitution Party Gubernatorial Nominee on Ballot

Albuquerque Journal Mentions that Libertarian Party Will Have its Own Primary in 2018

Ballot Access News The Albuquerque Journal has this article (scroll down) mentioning that the Libertarian Party will have a primary in 2018. This will be the first time that the New Mexico Libertarian Party has ever before qualified for its own primary. If the party retains that status in the November 2018 election, it will …

Continue reading Albuquerque Journal Mentions that Libertarian Party Will Have its Own Primary in 2018

Two Candidates File for Utah Independent American Nomination for U.S. House, Special Election

Ballot Access News Candidates are in the process of filing to seek a party nomination in the November 2017 special U.S. House election in Utah. Here is a list of such candidates. Two candidates filed, saying they want the Independent American nomination: Aaron Heineman and Jason Christensen. If they both have substantial support at the …

Continue reading Two Candidates File for Utah Independent American Nomination for U.S. House, Special Election

U.S. District Court in Texas Uphold’s “Sore Loser” Law as Applied to Presidential Independent Candidates

Ballot Access News On May 18, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman, an Obama appointee, upheld Texas’ sore loser law as applied to presidential candidates. Kennedy v Pablos, w.d., 1:16cv-1047. The case had been filed in 2016 by Rocky De La Fuente, who had appeared on the Texas Democratic presidential primary ballot in March 2016, …

Continue reading U.S. District Court in Texas Uphold’s “Sore Loser” Law as Applied to Presidential Independent Candidates