Sunday, November 11, 2018

American Solidarity Party of Ohio and Prohibition Party of Ohio enter into a Coalition

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by Adam Seaman

On October 18, 2018 the State Committee of the American Solidarity Party of Ohio (ASP-OH) unanimously voted to enter into a coalition with the Prohibition Party of Ohio, with the minutes of this meeting being submitted by ASP-OH Secretary Dr. Michael Liccione. Mr. Rick Knox, the chairman of the Prohibition Party, reciprocally approved this coalition on October 29, 2018. The state committee of this Christian Democratic party includes Dr. John Das (Chairman), Dr. Michael Liccione (Secretary), Br. Brennan Baker (Treasurer), Mr. Michael Abdelshahid (At-large Officer), and Mr. Conrad Miller (At-large Officer). The American Solidarity Party of Ohio views this coalition as an opportunity for electoral fusion, welcoming the fact that the Prohibition Party is willing to endorse and support its candidates. Mr. Knox, Chairman of the Prohibition Party, said that “both parties agree on a multitude of issues and should work together for the common good.” The chairman of the American Solidarity Party of Ohio, Dr. Das, stated that both organizations feel similarly on social issues such as the importance of the family unit, as well as promote environmentalism and renewable energy sources. Having taken a Lenten pledge of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association for that liturgical season in 2017 and being a member of the Independent Order of Rechabites, he personally values the idea of temperance and believes that most individuals in the American Solidarity Party, citing a consistent life ethic, would probably support the addition of labels on alcoholic beverages that warn of their carcinogenic properties, as well as their potential to cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), though they would not outright support prohibition, which is a unique characteristic of the Prohibition Party. Perhaps it is time that other third parties see the example of the American Solidarity Party of Ohio and the Prohibition Party of Ohio and find common ground in order to provide a united front to uphold the dignity of the human person, while also advocating for social justice in the world.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Green Party Appears to Become Qualified Party Inside Cook County, Illinois

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The Green Party nominee for Cook County (Illinois) Water Commissioner, unexpired term, Rachel Wales, received 19.0% in a two-candidate race against a Democrat. This appears to make the Green Party ballot-qualified inside Cook County, for partisan county office. Here is a link to the Cook County election returns from the Chicago Tribune.

Both Independent U.S. Senators Re-Elected

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Both independent members of the U.S. Senate have been re-elected. Bernie Sanders in Vermont got 67.4%; Angus King in Maine got 54.2%.

New York Gains Two New Qualified Parties and Loses Two

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New York requires a party to poll 50,000 votes for Governor in order to be a qualified party. The Libertarian Party and the Serve America Party both met this goal, so they both become qualified parties for the first time in New York. The Reform Party and the Women’s Equality Party both polled substantially fewer than 50,000 votes for Governor, so they will lose their qualified status. See the unofficial returns here.

North Dakota Secretary of State Re-Elected Even Though he was Running as an Independent Candidate

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Al Jaeger has won re-election as North Dakota’s Secretary of State, even though this year he was running as an independent candidate. See the unofficial returns here.

Constitution Party Wins a Partisan County Race in North Carolina

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The Constitution Party nominee for Greene County (North Carolina) Commissioner has won the election. Jerry R. Jones polled 3,232 votes in unofficial tallies, defeating his only opponent, Democrat Natasha Sutton, who received 2,908. The final figures will be somewhat higher.
This is the first time a party other than the Republican and Democratic Parties has won a partisan election in North Carolina since the 1890’s, when the Peoples (Populist) Party won many offices.

Progressive Party Loses Ballot Status in Oregon

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The Progressive Party has lost its qualified status in Oregon, because it didn’t poll as much as 1% for any statewide race in either 2016 or 2018, and it doesn’t have registration equal to at least one-half of 1%. Its only statewide nominee in 2018, Chris Henry for Governor, polled .57%.

Libertarian Party Appears to Still be Ballot-Qualified in Ohio

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The Libertarian Party petitioned for party status this year, submitting the petition in July 2018. It ran for Governor in November and did not get as much as 3% for Governor.

However, the Ohio law says, “3501.01(F): Political party means any group of voters meeting the requirements set forth in 3517.01 of the Revised Code for the formation and existence of a political party…(2) Minor political party means any political party organized under the laws of this state that meets either of the following requirements: (a) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the political party’s candidate for governor or nominees for presidential elector received less than 20% but not less than 3% of the total vote cast for such office at the most recent regular state election. A political party that meets the requirements of this division remains a political party for a period of four years after meeting these requirements. (b) The political party has filed with the secretary of state, subsequent to its failure to meet the requirements of division (F)(2)(a) of this section, a petition that meets the requirements of section 3517.01 of the Revised Code. A NEWLY FORMED POLITICAL PARTY SHALL BE KNOWN AS A MINOR POLITICAL PARTY UNTIL THE TIME OF THE FIRST ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR OR PRESIDENT WHICH OCCURS NOT LESS THAN TWELVE MONTHS SUBSEQUENT TO THE FORMATION OF SUCH PARTY, after which election the status of such party shall be determined by the vote for the office of governor or president.”

The capital letters have been added by me. Because the November 2018 election was less than 12 months after the petition was submitted, the 2018 election can’t be used to disqualify the Libertarian Party. By the plain language above, the party is entitled to participate in the 2020 election. Thanks to Mark Brown and Bob Johnston for this news.