Friday, July 6, 2018

Indiana Petition Deadline Passes; No Independent or Unqualified Parties Qualify for Any Statewide Race, nor Any U.S. House Race

Ballot Access News

The Indiana petition deadline for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, has passed. No such petition for any statewide office, or any U.S. House seat, succeeded. Here is the list of candidates for November.
The Green Party tried to obtain the needed 26,700 valid signatures for its nominee for Secretary of State, George Wolfe, but did not get enough signatures. Wolfe has filed as a declared write-in candidate.
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Nathan Altman also failed to get enough signatures, and has filed as a write-in candidate.
No statewide petition has succeeded in Indiana since 2000, when Pat Buchanan petitioned as the Reform Party presidential nominee. There is no other state in which it has been so many years since either a statewide independent, or a newly-qualifying party, got on the ballot for statewide office. Even Americans Elect did not succeed in Indiana in 2011-2012, partly because Indiana forces petitioning groups to choose their nominees before the petition can begin to circulate.

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