Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
On August 28, the Virginia Board of Elections said that Kanye West’s independent presidential petition is valid. Although last month a U.S. District Court had lowered the requirement due to the health crisis from 5,000 signatures to 2,500 signatures, that order only included the four plaintiff minor parties. Kanye West could have filed a separate lawsuit to benefit from the 2,500 figure, but he did not. Instead he collected 5,000 valid signatures. Thanks to Mark Seidenberg for this news.
On August 28, Kanye West filed a ballot access case in state court in Wisconsin. See this story. Thanks to several people for the link.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Washington State Court Rules that When Voters Sign More Than One Presidential Petition, None of the Signatures Count
On August 27, a Washington state trial court ruled that if an individual signs more than one presidential petition, none of the signatures count. As a result, the Constitution, Alliance, and American Solidarity Parties are off the ballot for president. The case was Wyman v Alliance Party, Thurston County Superior Court.
No Petition Since the Health Crisis Began, for Any Independent Candidate or Minor Party, That Required More than 5,000 Signatures, Succeeded
So far, no independent candidate or minor political party has managed to overcome any petition requirement greater than 5,000 signatures, during the period starting in March 2020. This statement might cease to be true if Kanye West is able to collect 37,769 valid signatures in Arizona, which he is attempting to do.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
On August 26, Kanye West filed a lawsuit in Ohio state court to force the Secretary of State to validate his petition. He had submitted 15,000 signatures, and the requirement is only 5,000. The Secretary of State had rejected the petition because the Secretary said the copy of the candidacy declaration on each petition is not identical to the original declaration of candidacy. See this story. Thanks to Mark Seidenberg for the link.
On August 25, the South Carolina Constitution Party informed the State Elections Commission that it will not have a presidential candidate this year. It is ballot-qualified. If it were to change its mind, it has until September 8.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
On August 25, the Oregon Progressive Party nominated Dario Hunter for president. The Oregon Progressive Party is ballot-qualified and is not associated with any party in any other state. Hunter is an independent candidate who had earlier sought the Green Party nomination.
On August 20, the New York Independence Party nominated Brock Pierce for president. It is ballot-qualified.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Only five presidential candidates will be on the November ballot in Maine: the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, and Alliance Parties.
The Maryland Board of Elections has determined that the Green Party and Libertarian Parties have enough valid signatures. Each needed 5,000. Maryland now has six ballot-qualified parties. The others are Democratic, Republican, Working Class, and Bread & Roses.
Dems get Green Party kicked off ballot after pressuring petition-signers; ‘voter suppression’ alleged
'The Green Party denounces any effort to harass,' spokesman says
Ohio Rejects Kanye West Petition Because Declaration of Candidacy Original Didn’t Match Declaration of Candidacy Used on Petition Forms
The Ohio Secretary of State has rejected the independent presidential petition of Kanye West, even though it had over 14,000 signatures and only 5,000 were required. The Secretary of State says the original declaration of candidacy doesn’t match the copy of the declaration of candidacy used on each petition sheet. Thus, the Secretary of State didn’t even bother to check the validity of the petition signatures.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
On August 20, the Montana Secretary of State said the independent presidential petition for Kanye West doesn’t have enough valid signatures. The law requires 5,000 signatures with no distribution requirement. He submitted approximately 8,000. See this story.
The Vermont Secretary of State has posted the November 2020 candidate list. See it here. Click on “preliminary draft candidate listing for November 3.” For president, there will be 22 candidates on the ballot. The parties with presidential nominees are Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Alliance, American Solidarity, Socialism & Liberation, Socialist Workers, Prohibition, Bread & Roses, and Approval Voting.
Some individuals and groups that supported Bernie Sanders for president this year, and in 2016, are not satisfied with the Democratic Party. They plan to organize their own Peoples Party, and contest the 2024 presidential election. Marianne Williamson, who sought the Democratic nomination this year, has joined them. See this story. Thanks to Tim Phares for the link.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Wisconsin Elections Commission Staff Recommends that Howie Hawkins and Kanye West Be Omitted from Ballot
Monday, August 17, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
On August 11, the Alaska Elections Division determined that the Constitution Party’s presidential petition has enough valid signatures.
Monday, August 10, 2020
by Marni Pike, Chicago Daily Herald
Legalize all recreational drugs, let individuals decide about wearing face masks and end all foreign military entanglements, Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen says.
That's the "issues" side of the candidate, who recalls some of her views taking shape as she was growing up in Grayslake, participating in 4H and marching in her high school band in the 1970s.
Jorgensen, 63, now lives in South Carolina and has a doctorate in industrial psychology, was a tech entrepreneur and teaches college students.
She dove into the 2020 race with Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden because "government's too big, too noisy, too intrusive. It hurts those it tries to help," she told the Daily Herald.
by Rebecka Castor, WEARTV
If you saw cars with purple and gold decorations driving through Northwest Florida Saturday, you may have seen members of the Libertarian party.
A convoy of supporters drove through Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties hoping to bring more awareness to third party candidate, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, ready to take the debate stage.
Jorgensen is running on the Libertarian values – less government, more freedom...
"We're out here today to let people know there is another candidate they can vote for that they might actually like and want to vote for,” said Libertarian party chairman in Santa Rosa County Spenser Gerber...
To read more, click here.
Shortly before the deadline for Pennsylvania petition challenges, some Pennsylvania Democratic leaders filed a challenge to the statewide Green Party petition.
The Maine Secretary of State has determined that Rocky De La Fuente’s presidential petition is valid. His ballot label is “Alliance.”
The Alaska Division of Elections has determined that the Green Party presidential petition is valid.
The Maine petition to get Jo Jorgensen on the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for president has enough signatures, according to the Secretary of State. This makes it moderately likely that she will be on the ballot in all 51 jurisdictions that have electoral votes. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news.
On August 7, Joseph Kishore, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate, voluntarily dismissed his federal lawsuit against the California independent presidential candidate petition requirement, as applied during the health crisis. Kishore v Newsom. Two days earlier, the Ninth Circuit had refused to expedite his appeal. Also, on July 27, the Ninth Circuit had also voted not to expedite the appeal. The U.S. District Court had denied injunctive relief earlier in July.