Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Maine Green Party Fails to get its U.S. Senate Candidate on the Green Party Primary Ballot

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On February 24, the Maine Green Party announced publicly that it will not be able to place its candidate for U.S. Senate, Lisa Savage, on the Maine Green Party primary ballot. Maine, like Massachusetts and Arizona, makes it extremely difficult for a small ballot-qualified party to place members on its own primary ballot. Maine requires 2,000 signatures of party members, regardless of whether the party has hundreds of thousands of members, or a much smaller number.
The Maine Libertarian Party is currently suing over the primary petition requirements, and the fact that the Green Party was unable to overcome will be put into evidence. The only three ballot-qualified parties in Maine in the last 40 years, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, have been the Libertarian, Reform, and Green Parties. None of them has ever been able to place any member on the primary ballot who was running for either house of Congress.
Savage will instead petition as an independent. That requires 4,000 signatures, but any voter may sign, so it is far easier than getting 2,000 signatures of party members. The Maine Green Party has 43,143 registered members but they are scattered all over the state.

New Enrollment Data for New York

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New registration (enrollment) data for New York: Democratic 5,900,507; Republican 2,611,227; Independence 432,943; Conservative 147,606; Working Families 40,335; Green 24,504; Libertarian 13,567; SAM Party 348; other and independent 2,530,099. These are as of February 10, 2020.
Percentages are: Democratic 50.43%; Republican 22.32%; Independence 3.70%; Conservative 1.26%; Working Families .34%; Green .21%; Libertarian .12%; SAM .003%; other and independent 21.62%.
In October 2018, the percentages were: Democratic 49.94%; Republican 22.76%; Independence 3.83%; Conservative 1.26%; Working Families .36%; Green .24%; Libertarian .07%; Women’s Equality .05%; Reform .02%; other and independent 21.48%.

Three California Libertarians Will Appear on November 2020 Ballot for Legislature

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On February 21, the California Secretary of State posted the list of declared write-in candidates for the March 2020 primary. Under California’s top-two system for congress and partisan state office, if only two candidates are running, obviously both of them will appear on the November ballot.
There are three legislative races with only two candidates running for a legislative seat, although there are no such races for U.S. House. In the State Senate district 9 race, one Democrat is on the March primary ballot and one Libertarian, Jamie Dluzak, filed for write-in status.
In the Assembly district 7 race, one Democrat is on the primary ballot and one Libertarian, James O. Just, filed for write-in status.
In the Assembly district 17 race, one Democrat is on the primary ballot and one Libertarian, Starchild, filed for write-in status.
There are other races in which only a Democrat is on the March ballot and a minor party member filed for write-in status, but in all those districts, a Republican also filed for write-in status. Generally when that happens, the major party member who filed for write-in status gets more write-ins than the minor party member.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

IPR: Grundmann for Congress Releases Radio Commercial

Don Grundmann

by William Saturn

The campaign for Dr. Don Grundmann (website) of the Constitution Party released a radio commercial informing voters about his 2020 candidacy for California’s 15th Congressional District in the March 3 open primary.

DR. GRUNDMANN: "Did you know that Planned Parenthood has killed more than 20 million Blacks, according to BlackGenocide.org?"
"I’m Don Grundmann, Constitution Party candidate for Congress and I need your vote to stop this monstrous race-science-eugenics attack upon our Black brothers and sisters.  Here is my friend to explain..."
To read article in full, click here.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A3PR Exclusive: Interview with Phil Collins, Prohibition Party Nominee for President

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by Adam Seaman

Recently, I was able to get in touch with Prohibition Party candidate Phil Collins on his run for the White House. Here is what he had to say:

Question: What does your candidacy bring to the 2020 Presidential election that is different from other candidates?

Answer: I'm the only candidate, in  my race, who reminds people about the harmful effects of alcohol, including cancer and heart problems.

Question: There are efforts to get on the ballot in several states for 2020, How is that coming along?

Answer: I'll be on the California primary ballot.  In Nov., I'll be on the ballot in Arkansas.  I'll probably be on the ballot in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Colorado.

Question: Global Warming is a hotbed issue in this election, What is your stance on this issue?

Answer: Some scientists say we have global warming, and some scientists say we have global cooling. I haven't seen enough proof, either way.  If I see proof that Americans have done anything that changed the weather, I'll try to ensure that we'll reduce that, as much as possible.

Question: If elected, What would you do concerning electoral reform?

Answer: I think that's a state issue.  I want to encourage each state legislature to pass a bill that would require people to prove U.S. citizenship, when they register to vote.  The same bill should state that, whenever someone votes, in person, he or she must show a photo ID. 

Question: What are the core issues of the Collins/Parker campaign?

Answer: We want to discourage alcohol consumption.  We support a balanced budget, so we think that Congress should cut spending, especially education spending, since federal education spending doesn't obey the 10th Amendment.  We think that ICE should patrol the border at least as well as they do, now, and ensure that no more illegal aliens will enter the U.S.

Question: What do you plan to do to campaign and do you think you can beat Jim Hedges vote total 4 years ago that was the party's best showing since 1988?

Answer: I'll campaign by using Facebook and twitter and by requesting interviews from reporters who interviewed Mr. Hedges.  I think that I'll receive more votes than he did, partly because I'll be on more ballots.  He was on the ballots in three states.  I'll be on the ballots in five states.

Question: The Prohibition Party is growing and garnering younger supporters, How do you feel about the future of the party?

Answer: I feel optimistic about it.  The party got more members, since I joined in 2014.  I see no reason why that trend won't continue.

Question: Do you support the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Movement that has invigorated activists in Virginia and seems to be taking hold in other Mid-South states and Why?

Answer: Yes, I support it.  I think that every part of the U.S. should obey the 2nd Amendment because it's an important right that Americans have to defend themselves.

Question: How would you have handled the recent crisis with Iran after they had bombarded some of air bases in Iraq?

Answer: I would have done exactly the same thing that President Trump did.

Question: Give us a Prohibition state of the Union, what are your thoughts on the status of this country?

Answer: I think the economy has been improving during the past four years.  However, the national debt has been increasing.  The president and Congress should abolish spending that isn't mentioned in the Constitution.  Since the federal government would need less money, the same bill should cut spending. 

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Thank you Phil for your time and good luck to you in the AIP California primary coming up and in the General election in November!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Virginia Libertarian Party Chooses Stand-in Nominees for President and Vice-President

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The Virginia Libertarian Party presidential petition is circulating. Virginia has no petition for a group to become a qualified party; it just has candidate petitions. But at least the state law lets unqualified parties circulate a petition with stand-ins. The Virginia Libertarian Party 2020 presidential petition shows Carla Howell for president, and Bob Johnston for vice-president. When the party chooses its actual nominees on the Memorial Day weekend, Howell and Johnston will withdraw and the actual nominees will take their place.
The Illinois and Pennsylvania Libertarian Parties are in the same situation, and will soon be choosing stand-in nominees. Presumably other minor parties that expect to be on the ballot in those three states will also soon choose stand-ins. The Pennsylvania petitioning period begins later this month; the Illinois petitioning period starts in March.

Reason.com: Donald Trump Stomps Bill Weld and Joe Walsh in Iowa

Bill Weld

by Matt Welch, Reason.com

It won't get much media attention, but there was a Republican presidential caucus in Iowa tonight, too, and it was as dramatic as it was predictable: President Donald Trump absolutely clobbered primary opponents Bill Weld and Joe Walsh.
The most persistently unpopular president since the end of World War II was at a Castro-like 97 percent of the vote with 79 percent of precincts reporting, while Weld and Walsh were at 1.3 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. This race has never been close, but man, that's not close.
Weld, a former Republican National Convention keynoter and twice-elected governor of Massachusetts who ran in 2016 as the vice presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, stressed in his closing argument to Iowa voters his limited-government bonafides...
To read more, click here.

West Virginia Green Party Will Administer its Own Mail Ballot Presidential Primary

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The West Virginia Green Party (which is on the ballot as the Mountain Party) will postally mail a presidential primary ballot at its own expense to all its registrants. See the party’s web page, explaining the details, here.

New California Registration Data

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On February 6, the California Secretary of State released a registration tally for January 3, 2020. All qualified political parties gained registration as a percentage of the total (except for Green), and the number of independents declined. Here is a link.
The percentages are: Democratic 44.59%; Republican 23.71%; American Independent 2.94%; Libertarian .86%; Peace & Freedom .46%; Green .44%; unknown .50%; other .59%; independent 25.90%.
The percentages at the last tally, the October 1, 2019 tally, were: Democratic 44.06%; Republican 23.58%; American Independent 2.86%; Libertarian .84%; Green .45%; Peace & Freedom .44%; unknown .47%; other .56%; independent 26.74%.
This is the first time since the Green Party gained qualified status that the Peace & Freedom Party has more registrants than the Green Party.
For the unqualified parties, the Common Sense Party showed considerable growth, although it is still far from being qualified. It now has 9,819 registrants, whereas at the previous tally it had 5,519. It is too late for it to qualify for the congressional and state office 2020 primary, but it can still qualify to have a presidential nominee if it increases its registration to approximately 68,000 by July 2020.
The Constitution Party appears to have suffered because some counties seemed to have showed zero registrants, whereas it had registrants in those same counties at the last tally. This may be because the registrants are registered “Constitution” but the party’s paperwork, filed late last year, shows the name of the party is the “Constitution Party of California”, so some counties take that literally and don’t include “Constitution”.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Free & Equal Elections' Chicago Presidential Debate Firms Up

Free & Equal Elections Foundation and Open the Debates are co-hosting their first Open Presidential Debate of the 2020 US Presidential election at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on March 4, 2020 at 6pm CST.

All active 2020 Presidential candidates are invited to participate.  So far, the following have met the criteria:


Robert Ardini, Republican Party
Don Blankenship, Constitution Party
Brian Carroll, American Solidarity Party
Souraya Faas, Libertarian Party
Erik Gerhardt, Libertarian Party
Howie Hawkins, Green Party
Zoltan Istvan, Republican Party
Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party
Charles Kraut, Constitution Party
Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation
J.R. Myers, Life and Liberty Party
Sam Robb, Libertarian Party
Mark Stewart, Democratic Party
Ben Zion, Transhumanist Party


Mark Charles, Independent
Mark Whitney, Libertarian Party
Andy Williams Jr., Libertarian Party


The event will be broadcast live at www.freeandequal.org

Independent Party of Delaware Has Candidate for U.S. Senate

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Mark W. Turley is seeking the nomination of the Independent Party of Delaware for U.S. Senate. It is ballot-qualified but in 2018 did not have a single candidate for any partisan race. Assuming the party nominates him, it will be the party’s first congressional candidate since 2012.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Eyeing third parties’ 2020 impact in Michigan

Votes for candidates outside of the two major parties had an impact in swing states, including Michigan, in the 2016 election. Could the same thing happen in 2020 due to Lincoln Chafee or another candidate?
Lincoln Chafee

by Jack Lessenberry, Toledo Blade

Detroit - Most of the talk about what might happen in this year’s presidential election has revolved around those swing voters who supported Barack Obama, then switched to Donald Trump.
They are certainly important — but most commentators are overlooking another category that also could be decisive: The millions of voters who decided they couldn’t stomach either Hillary Clinton or Mr. Trump and chose third-party candidates.
The third, or minor party vote soared four years ago. Back in 2012, all minor parties combined drew only 2.2 million votes. But four years ago, that number soared to 7,922,634.
That vote made the difference in the three key states that changed parties and decided the election — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and most of all Michigan, where the president’s margin was tiniest — 10,704 votes out of nearly 5 million cast.
In Michigan, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson got 172,136 votes in 2016, while Jill Stein, nominee of the Green Party, took 51,463. Both totals were far more than the normal showing.
What will happen this time?..
To read more, click here.

Socialist Workers Party Announces National Ticket

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On January 29, the Socialist Workers Party announced that its presidential candidate in 2020 is Alyson Kennedy, and the vice-presidential nominee is Malcolm Jarrett. Kennedy was also the party’s presidential nominee in 2016. Here is an article about the 2020 ticket.

New District of Columbia Registration Data

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The District of Columbia Board of Elections has posted a registration tally for Dec. 31, 2019. Here are the percentages: Democratic 75.63%; Republican 5.85%; Green .74%; Libertarian .35%; independent and other 17.43%.
The percentages in October 2018 were: Democratic 75.95%; Republican 6.11%; Green .77%; Libertarian .26%; independent and other 16.91%.

Lincoln Chafee on his decision to run for president as a Libertarian: 'Major parties have let us down'

by Yael Halon

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee says he is running for the White House as a Libertarian because he believes "2020 is going to be the year where people look beyond the major parties."
Chafee told Fox News' Dave Anthony on Wednesday's "Fox News Rundown" podcast that "both parties" are responsible for the "$22 trillion deficit ... these endless wars and ... the compromising of our personal liberties, tapping of phones."
Unlike the Republican and Democratic parties, Chafee said libertarians are "good at keeping us out of these foreign entanglements."
"They're good on balanced budgets," he added. "They're good on letting people live their lives as they see fit ... It's a good party. They're open-minded. They don't believe that the government should be telling us what drugs we can take and can't take. So I'm proud to be a libertarian and bringing these issues to the American people."..
To read more, click here.

New Registration Data for Kentucky

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Here is the Kentucky registration data as of January 15, 2020. The percentages are: Democratic 48.58%; Republican 42.60%; Libertarian .29%; Green .05%; Constitution .02%; Socialist Workers .01%; Reform .00+%; independent and other 8.46%.
As of October 15, 2018, the percentages were: Democratic 49.61%; Republican 41.71%; Libertarian .27%; Green .05%; Constitution .02%; Socialist Workers .01%; Reform .00+%; independent and other 8.34%.

New Registration Data for North Carolina

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Here is the January 18, 2020 registration data for North Carolina. The percentages are: Democratic 36.46%; Republican 29.94%; Libertarian .58%; Constitution .04%; Green .03%; independent and other 32.95%.
As of October 20, 2018, the percentages were: Democratic 37.88%; Republican 29.81%; Libertarian .53%; Constitution .01%; Green .01%; independent and other 31.76%.

New Registration Data for New Jersey

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Here is the New Jersey registration data for December 31, 2019. The percentages are: Democratic 37.92%; Republican 21.86%; Libertarian .27%; Constitution .26%; Conservative .25%; Green .18%; Socialist .12%; Natural Law .11%; Reform .03%; independent and other 39.01%.
As of February 28, 2019, the percentages were: Democratic 37.44%; Republican 21.64%; Libertarian .21%; Constitution .18%; Conservative .18%; Green .14%; Socialist .08%; Natural Law .07%; Reform .02%; independent and other 40.04%.
Note that every party, major and minor, increased its share of the registration. The only category that declined is independent and other.

Nine Progressive Democrats Ask Green Party Not to Run for President in Swing States

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On January 24, Truthdig published “An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020”, which asks the Green Party not to run a presidential nominee in swing states. The signers are Michael Albert, Leslie Cagan, Noam Chomsky, Ron Daniels, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Kathy Kelly, Cynthia Peters, and Normon Solomon.
The authors attempt to be kind, open-minded, and dispassionate, but they display no awareness of the social science research that shows their proposal will not have the effects they expect.
In 1936, the Communist Party was passionately in favor of the re-election of President Franklin Roosevelt. Nevertheless, that party chose to run its own presidential nominee, Earl Browder, and to campaign vigorously. Back then, minor parties had a stronger voice, because federal law required the national radio networks to carry the proceedings of minor party presidential conventions, if those same networks carried the major party conventions. So the Communist Party national convention, with all its oratory, went out over the big radio stations. Also the Communist Party was very well-organized and had the capacity to promote a vigorous and sustained nationwide speaking tour for Browder. The Communist Party believed that the effect of Browder’s campaign, which sang the praises of the New Deal, would be to increase the vote for Roosevelt. There was a lot of uncertainty as to who would win that election, because the first presidential election poll, the Liberty Digest Poll, predicted Roosevelt would be defeated.
The Communist theory about the effect of its own presidential campaign is bolstered by academic research. In 2008 Dan Ariely published “Predictably Irrational”, which used experimental evidence to show what happens when someone is presented with three choices and must choose one. Suppose that two of the choices are similar, whereas the third choice is quite different. Research shows that if one of the two similar choices is clearly superior to the other similar choice, the superior choice gains an advantage on the choice that was quite different. Applying this theory to the 1936 election, Roosevelt and Browder were quite similar as to the policies they advocated. They both advocated for the New Deal. Landon, the Republican nominee, represents the choice that is quite different from the other two. Ariely’s research shows that a voter would consider Roosevelt far superior to Browder because the voter would know that Roosevelt had a chance to be elected, whereas Browder did not. So the effect of having the Browder option would be to help Roosevelt and hurt Landon.
Anyone who passionately believes that President Trump should be defeated for re-election, and who votes in a swing state, will understand that no matter how appealing the Green Party nominee is, the Democratic nominee is far superior simply because the Democratic nominee has the potential to win. So such voters will vote Democratic even if the Green Party is on the ballot.
The types of voters who will vote Green, regardless of the effect on the election, are the kind of voters who have a strong and visceral dislike for the Democratic Party. They are the kind of people who might vote for President Trump if there is no minor party candidate on the ballot, but who will not vote for Trump if they have the satisfaction of voting for a minor party.
There is other social science evidence. In 2004, the largest polling companies asked their pollsters to ask extra questions for any voter who said he or she intends to vote for Ralph Nader. The extra questions asked how the voter would respond if Nader weren’t on the ballot. A majority of them said they would vote for George W. Bush, not John Kerry. An analysis of the Nader vote published in the January 1, 2005 Ballot Access News supported this conclusion.

Socialist Equality Party Names National Ticket

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The Socialist Equality has nominated a national ticket for the 2020 election. Joe Kishore for president, and Norissa Santa Cruz for vice-president. See here for the announcement. Thanks to James Mahoney for the link.

American Delta Party Registration Slips Below Requirement in Delaware

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The American Delta Party, which was formed in a few states in 2016 by Rocky De La Fuente, no longer has enough registered voters in Delaware to be ballot-qualified. Delaware had been the only state in which the party was still on the ballot.
However, it is still possible for it to regain status in time for the 2020 election. Here is a link to the January 2, 2020 data, showing that parties need 715 registered members. American Delta now has 711.