Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Libertarians, Third Parties Set Multiple Records in 2020 US Senate Elections

Nine third party or independent candidates made the record books in U.S. Senate elections across the nation

by Dr. Eric Ostermeier, Smart Politics

Despite Libertarians shedding over two percentage points at the top of the ticket in the race for president vis-à-vis four years ago, their nominees for U.S. Senate set party records in multiple states across the country this cycle.

Libertarians set four state records and, technically, recorded the best ever showing in a U.S. Senate election across the more than 350 contests in which the party has fielded nominees dating back to 1976.

Rhode Island Libertarian Legislative Nominee Polls 40.5% in Two-Way Race

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William J. Hunt, Libertarian nominee for Rhode Island State House, district 68, polled 40.53% earlier this month. The vote was 2,995 for Hunt and 4,394 for his Democratic opponent.

Hunt has good name recognition in the district, because this is the fourth time in a row he has run. In 2016 he polled 38.28%; in 2018 he got 35.57%. In a special election in March 2019, he got 28.4% in a four-way race, finishing second. The district is centered on the town of Warren.

Although independents are sometimes elected to the Rhode Island legislature, no party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, has elected a legislator in Rhode Island since 1920.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

New Mexico Elects First Independent Legislator

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This month, New Mexico voters elected Brittney Aileene Barreras as an independent to the state House of Representatives, district 12. She was the only name on the ballot, but she had a write-in opponent who was the newly-appointed Democratic incumbent, Art De La Cruz. The vote was 4,183 for Barreras, and 1,482 write-ins for De La Cruz.

Democrats had no one on the primary ballot because the earlier incumbent, Patricio Ruiloba, made a technical error on his primary petition. He couldn’t be a write-in in the Democratic primary because New Mexico does not permit write-ins in primaries. Ruiloba’s primary petitions omitted the district number. Ruiloba sued to regain his position on the primary ballot, but he lost. Since he couldn’t be re-elected anyway, except as a write-in in the November election, he resigned from the legislature and filed to run for Sheriff.

Barreras was able to qualify as an independent candidate because she had previously been registered as an independent. However, she says it was just an accident that she became a registered independent. When she filled out the voter registration form, somehow she missed seeing the blank for partisan affiliation, so she was coded as an independent by default. She says that she will switch her registration to Democratic to make it easier to run for re-election in 2022.

New Mexico did not permit independent candidates to run for any partisan office until 1977. The state was forced to pass a procedure for independent candidates after independent presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy sued the state and won. Thanks to Rick Lass for the news about Barreras.

Massachusetts Re-Elects its only Independent State Legislator

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This month, Massachusetts re-elected Susannah Whipps to the State House. She had been elected as an independent previously, and she was re-elected as an independent. Some years ago she was a Republican state legislator. She lives in Athol.

Alaska Elects Two Independent State Representatives

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This month, Alaska elected two independent state representatives. Daniel Ortiz of Ketchikan was re-elected. Josiah Patkotak of Barrow won his first term.

Maine Elects Four Independent State Representatives

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This month, Maine elected four independent state representatives. Walter Riseman of Harrison; Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship; and William Pluecker of Warren, had been elected as independents in 2018. Sophia B. Warren of Scarborough is a new state legislator.

Vermont Elects Five Independent State Representatives

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This month, Vermont elected five independent state representatives. Four of them had been elected in 2018 as independents as well, and one of them had been elected in 2018 as a Republican.

They are: Terry Norris of Shoreham; Paul Lefebvre of Island Pond; Barbara Smith Murphy of Fairfax; Laura Sibilia of Dover; and Kelly Pajala of Londonderry. Lefebvre is the one who had been elected as a Republican in 2018.

Vermont had also elected five independent representatives in 2018.

Wyoming Re-Elects its Independent State Legislator

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This month, Wyoming State Representative Jim Rosco was re-elected as an independent. He had also been elected as an independent in 2018. Before that he had been a Democratic state representative. He lives in Teton County, in the northwest part of the state. In 2020 he got 52% of the vote against his Republican opponent.

New York Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright Wins Re-Election Even Though She Was Only on Ballot as an Independent

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In the November 3 election, New York Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright was re-elected in the 76th Assembly district, even though she was only on the ballot as the nominee of an unqualified party, the “Rise and Unite” Party. The initial election returns show her with 16,151 votes. Her only opponent received 9,734 votes on the Republican line and 3,429 on the Liberal line.

She would have preferred to be the Democratic Party nominee, but she was knocked off the Democratic primary ballot earlier this year.

This is the first time anyone has been elected to the New York legislature without the nomination of a qualified party since 1970. In 1970, incumbent John J. Walsh was re-elected even though he was only on the ballot as the nominee of the “Upper Manhattan Apartment Building Party.” Walsh had lost the Democratic primary and had then petitioned using the independent candidate procedure.

Libertarian Party Won Four Partisan Races Earlier This Month

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Four Libertarian Party nominees were elected to partisan office earlier this month: Wyoming State Representative; Kankakee County Commission, Illinois; Mancelona Township Trustee, Antrim County, Michigan; and Newellton Alderman, Tensas Parish, Louisiana.

For the Wyoming legislative race, Marshall Burt was in a two-person race against a Democrat. For the Louisiana Alderman race, Jackie Hankins defeated a Republican and an independent. In the Michigan race, there were two seats to be filled, and the candidates were one Libertarian (Donna Grundle-Kreig), one Republican, and one Democrat; the Democrat was the only candidate defeated. The Illinois Libertarian winner, Jacob Collins, had no opponents.

Jo Jorgensen Reports She Has Received Hate Messages from Trump Supporters and Biden Supporters

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Independent Political Report has this interesting message from Jo Jorgensen, who reports she has recently received hateful e-mail from some Trump supporters, and some Biden supporters. Each group assumes the votes she received would have gone to the candidate backed by the message-sender.

American Independent Party Leaders Notice that 53 California County Election Offices Failed to Print Legally Required Label on Presidential Ballots

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California Elections Code 13205 says, in part, “Additional instructions to voters shall appear on the ballot…In elections when electors of President and Vice President of the United States are to be chosen, there shall be placed upon the ballot an instruction as follows: ‘To vote for all of the electors of a party, stamp a cross in the square opposite the names of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of that party. A cross stamped in the square opposite the name of a party and its presidential and vice presidential candidate is a vote for all the electors of that party, but no other candidates.'”

Leaders of the American Independent Party have noticed that 53 of the 58 counties did not include this instruction on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The only counties that did include the language are Alpine, Inyo, Kern, Nevada, and Santa Barbara.

My own sample ballot, from San Francisco, merely says, “Federal”. Below that is “President and Vice President.” Below that, “Vote for One Party”. Below that are the names of candidates for president and vice president, with a party label. The words “presidential electors” do not appear. I checked my collection of ballots and it appears the last time a San Francisco County ballot included the words “presidential electors” was the 1972 ballot. Thus, the problem seems to be an old one.

Most states have laws that require general election ballots in presidential years to explain that the voters are really voting for elector candidates.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Communist Candidate for U.S. House in Vermont Polls 1%

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At the November 3, 2020 election, Christopher Helali appeared on the Vermont ballot as a candidate for U.S. House. His ballot label was “Communist”. He polled .97% in a seven-person race, finishing fourth. He was the only minor party candidate in that race, but there were four independents.

The last time “Communist” had appeared on a U.S. ballot for any federal or state office had been 1996, when David S. Mirtz was on for New York Assembly, 80th district. He polled 1.29%.

Here is Helali’s campaign website, which says that he represents the “Party of Communists USA”. He didn’t need a petition to get on the Vermont 2020 ballot, because Vermont suspended all candidate petitions due to the health crisis for 2020.

Vermont Progressive Party Elects Nine Legislators

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At the November 3, 2020 election, the Vermont Progressive Party elected nine legislators who are party members. They are two State Senators and seven Representatives. In 2018 the party had also elected two State Senators and nine Representatives.

The 2020 winners are: Senators Christopher Pearson and Anthony Pollina. Representatives are Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Brian Cima, Selene Colburn, Taylor Small, Tanya Vyhovsky, Mollie S. Burke, and Heather Surprenant.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Howie Hawkins unsurprised by election results, hopeful for Green Party

by Abby Weiss, The Daily Orange

Syracuse presidential candidate Howie Hawkins expected the 2020 election to be a tough year for third parties. So when his Green Party campaign received less than 0.5% of the popular vote in New York state, he wasn’t surprised.

“(In 2016), there was a lot of dissatisfaction with the candidates, and a lot of progressives wanted to cast a protest vote for the Green Party,” Hawkins said. “But 2020 was a referendum on Trump.”

'Did Libertarians cost GOP a U.S. House seat in Iowa - and the presidency?'

If libertarianism is the 'heart and soul' of conservatism, as Reagan said, then conservatives have lost their hearts and souls

by Adam Sullivan, The Gazette

With nail-biters across the country, Republicans and Democrats are looking for someone to blame for their narrow losses in the 2020 elections.

One Iowa race is headquarters for claims of election “spoilers.” Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne won reelection by about 6,000 votes over Republican challenger David Young, according to unofficial results in Iowa’s 3rd District, which includes Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

Libertarian Party Says It’s Not To Blame For Trump Defeat In Battlegrounds

*Posted on Hot Air.com*

“Libertarian voters could have swung the Electoral College by at least 22 votes by supporting Trump in battleground states Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada,” political strategist Ryan Cassin told Fox News. “By throwing away their votes, they’ve likely become spoilers for the Trump reelection effort.”

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pointed to his state specifically as a place where Jorgensen’s vote tallies exceeded the margin between Biden and Trump. “If it holds,@LPNational candidate got 38,000 votes in Wisconsin and margin between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump is less than 21,000 votes,” Walker tweeted.

Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian presidential candidate, says 2020 is a 'wake-up call'

by Zoe Nicholson, Greenville News

Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen spent Tuesday night at her election watch party in Dallas, Texas. By Thursday, she was back on Clemson University's campus to teach her in-person class.

In addition to being the first female Libertarian nominee for president, Jorgensen, 63, is a psychology lecturer who has juggled teaching with running a campaign since her nomination this summer.

Pulling votes from Biden, Trump

Vox Article on Libertarian Party 2020 Presidential Vote

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Vox, an on-line news source with over 33,000,000 readers, has this article by Jane Coaston on the Libertarian Party’s showing in the 2020 presidential election. Thanks to Gene Berkman for the link.

New York Times Presidential Vote Tally Now Has Jo Jorgensen Above 1,800,000 Votes

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Every day more votes are counted. The New York Times has this running tally for the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green presidential nominees. As of November 13 it now shows Jo Jorgensen above 1,800,000.

Read an Interview With the Presidential Candidate Who Placed Last (Among Those Listed on a Ballot)

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In the 2020 election there were 36 individuals who were on a ballot as a presidential candidate. Among those, the candidate who placed last is Zac Scalf, who was only on in Vermont and who received twenty-nine votes. Here is a Reason Magazine interview with Scalf.

Scalf claims to be surprised that anyone voted for him. The interviewer did not point out that he could not have got on the ballot without submitting the names of three Vermont residents who were his candidates for presidential elector. It is likely that the three individuals voted for Scalf, and probably some of the friends of the three elector candidates heard about Scalf and also voted for him.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Texas Has Election Returns for Declared Presidential Write-in Candidates

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Texas has already canvassed most of the write-in votes for presidential declared write-in candidates. See the state’s election returns here.

Texas write-ins for president, for the declared candidates, are generally bigger than such write-ins in other states. That is because the names of the write-in declared candidates are conspicuous at the polling places. Brian Carroll of the American Solidarity Party already has over 1,200.

Aloha Aina Party Polls Enough Votes for its Legislative Candidates to Remain on Ballot

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The Aloha Aina Party, a new party in Hawaii this year, polled enough votes for its legislative candidates to remain on the ballot. Here is a link to the election returns. The law required it to poll 4% of the State Senate total vote (for all districts) for its two State Senate candidates, or 4% of all the votes cast for State House (for all districts) for its twelve State House districts, or to poll 2% of all the legislative votes from both houses for all of its legislative candidates.

Aloha Aina met both the 2% test for all legislative races, and alternatively met the 4% test for all the state house votes for its state house candidates. Its highest percentage for any legislative race was 24.81% in a two-person State Senate race, 2nd district. In the State House 13th district, its nominee outpolled the Republican in a 3-way race, and obtained 17.69%.

Libertarian Party is Now Ballot-Qualified in 32 Jurisdictions

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The Libertarian Party is now ballot-qualified for 2022, for statewide office, in 32 jurisdictions: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

In Connecticut it is only on the 2022 ballot for Treasurer.

Also, it meets Pennsylvania’s definition of “political party”, which means it will be back on the voter registration form as a choice, and it is on the ballot automatically for special elections. But no party can be ballot-qualified for Pennsylvania regular elections unless it has registration membership of at least 15% of the state total.

If the party wins its Maine and New York lawsuits, it could be back on the ballot in those two states.

At the end of 2016, the Libertarian Party was ballot-qualified in 38 jurisdictions.

Constitution Party is Now Ballot-Qualified in Ten States

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The Constitution Party is now on the ballot in ten* states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. However the Oregon Constitution Party does not consider itself affiliated with the national party. Oregon permits qualified parties to change their names, but the Oregon Constitution Party is content with its current name. The Idaho Constitution Party also doesn’t consider itself affiliated with the national party, but it did put the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee on the ballot in 2020. Idaho is another state that lets qualified parties change their names, but the Idaho Constitution Party seems content with its name.

At the end of 2016, the Constitution Party was on the ballot in thirteen states, counting Idaho and Oregon.

*Title and article edited to reflect honesty and accuracy in report.  

Five Parties in Utah Received Over 10% of Vote for At Least One Statewide Office

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Utah elects its statewide state constitutional officers in presidential years. For Treasurer and Auditor, no Democrat ran. This made it possible for the Libertarian, Constitution, and United Utah Parties to poll over 10% of the vote in at least one of those races. The minor party vote for each of those offices was approximately 25%. See the results here. The Utah vote test is 2% for any statewide race at either of the last two elections.

The Independent American Party went off the ballot, because it didn’t poll as much as 2% for any statewide race in either 2018 or 2020.

Legal Marijuana Now Nominee for U.S. House, 2nd District, Polls 5.83% Even Though He Died in October

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Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now nominee for U.S. House, 2nd district, received 5.83% of the vote, even though he had died in early October. See the election returns here. The Democratic incumbent was re-elected with a plurality.

Cert Petition on Presidential Debates Filed

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On November 9, Level the Playing Field asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, the case over whether the FEC has failed to enforce federal campaign finance laws against the Commission on Presidential Debates. The case number will be assigned soon. Here is the cert Petition.

The questions presented are: (1) Whether the partisan political activities of a debate-staging organization’s decision makers bear upon whether the organization “endorses, supports. or opposes political candidates or political parties” in violation of 11 C.F.R. 110.13(a); (2) Whether criteria for determining which presidential candidates are invited to participate in general election debates are “objective” under 11 C.F.R. 110.13(c) if only major party candidates can satisfy the criteria.

The Guardian Mulls Over Whether Jo Jorgensen Injured President Trump’s Vote Total

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The Guardian, one of the best-read and most influential newspapers in the United Kingdom, here analyzes whether people who voted for Jo Jorgensen would have voted for President Trump if the Libertarian Party had not run its own candidate. The conclusion is that it is impossible to know.

Legal Marijuana Now Party Polls over 5% for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, So Will be Ballot-Qualified in 2022 and 2024

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Here is a link to the U.S. Senate election returns for Minnesota. The Legal Marijuana Now Party polled 5.91%. Under the law, that means it is not only ballot-qualified in 2022, but in 2024 as well. In Minnesota, when a party polls 5%, it retains its qualified status for the next two elections.

The Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis Party also ran for U.S. Senate in Minnesota this year, and it polled 1.78%. But because it got over 5% for a statewide race in 2018, it will still be on the 2022 ballot. Thanks to Dave Cummings for this news.

Total Number of Signatures to get on Ballot for President in 2020 was the Lowest Since 1968

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In the 2020 presidential election, support from 568,289 voters was required to get on the ballot for president (as an independent candidate, or the nominee of a new or previously unqualified party) in all 51 jurisdictions.

That figure uses the easiest method to get on the ballot in each state. In some states, the independent procedure is the easiest method. In others, the new party procedure is easier. The calculation uses the easier method. For California, it was deemed “easier” to get 196,964 signatures on a petition, than to persuade 68,672 individuals to register into a new party. Although 196,964 is a far larger number than 68,672, that is counterbalanced by the relative ease of getting a petition signature versus membership in a new party.

For Florida, the calculation uses a figure of 29, because a new party can become recognized with no petition, and can then be on for president if it has at least 29 registered members who become that party’s presidential electors. This year, Florida did not enforce its law requiring National Committee status from the Federal Election Commission. It didn’t enforce it in 2008 or 2012 either, but it did enforce it in 2016.

The number of supporters (mainly petition signers) of 568,289 is the lowest since 1968, when the number was 545,878. The 1968 number is somewhat ambiguous because it uses an Ohio figure of zero, because the US Supreme Court struck down Ohio’s petition requirements in 1968 and put the American Independent Party on the ballot even though it had not complied with the law. The Court said the Socialist Labor Party was also entitled to declaratory relief against Ohio, but that the SLP could not be on the ballot because it had asked for relief from the U.S. Supreme Court too late.

The 2024 requirements will be far, far worse than they were in 2020, if activists do not seek ballot access relief between now and 2024. The turnout in 2020 was so large that the states in which the requirements are dependent on turnout will have much higher requirements.

Wyoming Newspaper Story About Marshall Burt, New Libertarian Legislator

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The Casper Star-Tribune has this article about Marshall A. Burt, the newly-elected Libertarian state representative from Wyoming’s 39th district. Burt was in a two-person race with a Democratic incumbent, Stan Blake. The 39th district is centered on Green River, a Wyoming city that had historically been a Democratic Party stronghold, but which is now overwhelmingly Republican. Yet, the Republicans didn’t run anyone in this race.

The story says the last Libertarian state legislative win was in 2002. This is not correct. The 2002 reference is to Neil Randall of Vermont, who had been elected as a Libertarian/Republican fusion candidate in 1998. After the 1998 election, Randall left the Libertarian Party. He did get re-elected in 2000 and 2002 but he was on the Vermont ballot only as a Republican. He left the Libertarian Party because he opposed same-sex marriage and the Libertarian Party supported legalizing same-sex marriage at the time and currently.

Thanks to Gene Berkman for the link.

New York Conservative Party, Like Working Families Party, Meets Vote Test

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This article confirms that the New York Conservative Party, like the New York Working Families Party, met the new requirement for a party to remain on the ballot. The Conservative Party apparently polled approximately 300,000 votes for President Trump.

Green and Libertarian Parties Poll Enough Votes to Remain Ballot-Qualified in District of Columbia

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The District of Columbia requires parties to poll 7,500 votes for a partisan race in order to obtain and keep qualified party status. So far, the Green Party nominee for City-coouncil-at-large has 7,888 votes. The Libertarian nominee for Delegate to the U.S. House has 7,525 votes. So both parties appear to have retained their qualified status.

Alabama Independent Candidate Elected to Limestone County Commission

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On November 3, voters in Limestone County, Alabama, elected LaDon Townsend to the County Commission. He had not wanted to run as an independent, but last year the local Republican Party refused to permit him to file in the Republican primary. See this story. Townsend defeated the Republican incumbent.

Limestone County is in northern Alabama and borders Tennessee.

New Mexico Now Has Only Three Qualified Parties

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New Mexico now has only three qualified parties, Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian. The Green Party and the Constitution Party needed to poll one-half of 1% for president. Unofficial returns show that 4,586 votes were needed. The Green Party received 4,373, which was 213 votes too few.

It is not too surprising that the Constitution Party didn’t poll one-half of 1%, because it has never met that vote test in New Mexico.

The Better for America Party could have kept its qualified status if it had run just one candidate for any partisan office, but it did not, so it is also off the ballot. The law says a party that abstains from running for President may keep its qualified status. But there is another law, which removes parties if they have not run anyone for any partisan office in either of the last two elections, and Better for America failed this test. The Better for America Party had qualified in 2016 and had run Evan McMullin for president.

The Libertarian Party kept its qualified major party status by polling 7% of the vote for a statewide judicial race. It needed a number of votes equal to 5% of the presidential vote, and it met that requirement.

The Green Party and the Constitution Party can regain their qualified minor party status if they submit a petition signed by one-half of 1% of the 2018 gubernatorial vote, which is 3,483 signatures.

Montana Democratic Party Accomplished Nothing for Itself by Removing the Green Party from the Ballot

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Earlier this year, the Montana Democratic Party sued to remove the Green Party from the ballot. The state and federal courts ordered the removal of the party in August, even though everyone agreed it had enough valid signatures in March, and even though it was given its own primary in June. The removal was accomplished by the Democratic Party asking people who had signed the petition to put the party on the ballot to remove their names. Only 600 people removed their names, out of over 13,000 signatures that had been submitted, but that was enough to remove the party because it lost its needed signatures in one state house district, and the state has a difficult distribution requirement for the statewide party petition.

The Democrats were motivated to take this action because they hoped to elect Governor Steve Bullock to the U.S. Senate. But Bullock lost to incumbent Steve Daines by ten percentage points. See the results here.

The 2018 Green Party lawsuit, challenging the distribution requirement, is pending in the Ninth Circuit. The distribution requirement is unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Moore v Ogilvie, that distribution requirements must be equal. The Montana requirement is not. In some districts as few as 55 signatures are needed; in others 150 are needed. Therefore the voters of some districts have more clout than those in certain other districts.

California Assemblymember Appears to Have Been Re-Elected as an Independent

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Here is a link to the California Assembly election results. In the 42nd district, independent Chad Mayes is leading with 58.2% of the vote against his Republican opponent, Andrew Kotyuk. Mayes had been re-elected in 2018 as a Republican, but then in 2019 he had switched his registration to independent. This is the first election in which someone other than a Republican or a Democrat has been elected to a partisan California office since 1999, when Green Party nominee Audie Bock was elected.

Illinois Libertarian Polls 29.1% in Two-Way U.S. House Seat

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Preston Nelson, Libertarian nominee for U.S. House in the Illinois 8th district, polled 29.1% in a two-way race against a Democrat. See the returns for all the Illinois U.S. House races here.

This is the highest percentage for a candidate for U.S. House in Illinois who was not the nominee of the Democratic or Republican Parties since 1914, when Progressive Party nominee Ira Copley was elected with 40.8% of the vote.

Wyoming Libertarian Party Wins a Legislative Seat

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The Libertarian Party nominee for a Wyoming legislative seat, Marshall Burt, has been elected, according to Reason Magazine. The party missed electing a second legislator, Bethany Baldes, by only 32 votes. See the story.

This is the first time since 1900 that any party other than the Republican and Democratic Parties has elected a Wyoming state legislator.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

New York Working Families Party Easily Meets New Vote Test

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According to this story, the Working Families Party of New York polled 4.5% of the presidential vote, with at least 283,000 votes. Therefore it easily met the new vote test, which requires the higher of 2% of the state presidential total or 130,000 votes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Here’s How to Ruin Tom Cotton’s Election Night

The Arkansas senator wants to pretend he’s running unopposed, but there’s an alternative candidate to the more-Trump-than-Trump senator who penned a fascistic op-ed.

by John Nichols, The Nation.com

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is running for president. The fiercely ambitious right-wing culture warrior who last summer described slavery as a “necessary evil” won’t admit it publicly yet, but there’s no doubt that Cotton is positioning himself to be the more-Trump-than-Trump successor to the Republican whose occupation of the Oval Office could be upended on November 3.

In the past month, Cotton’s been on the campaign trail in the first presidential caucus state of Iowa and the first presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

Donald Rainwater Brings Gubernatorial Campaign To Bloomington


(BLOOMINGTON) – Donald Rainwater, Libertarian candidate for Indiana Governor, and Lieutenant Governor candidate William Henry made a campaign stop in Bloomington Saturday morning in addition to stops in Columbus and Terre Haute.

In his whistle stop tour of Indiana he also visited Lafayette, Valparaiso, and Elkhart on Sunday.

Rainwater emphasizes his plans to reduce tax burdens on Hoosiers by eliminating the state individual income tax and personal property tax on their primary residence.

Reason.com: 'Meet the Highest-Polling Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate in the Country'

Donald Rainwater, who is polling north of 10 percent, attracts voters who oppose Indiana's heavy-handed coronavirus lockdowns.

by Brian Doherty, Reason.com

Donald Rainwater, the Libertarian Party's (L.P.) candidate for governor of Indiana, has racked up some unprecedented polling numbers for a Libertarian in a race in which both major parties are running candidates. The 57-year-old Navy veteran and information technology professional hit as high as 24 percent in a Change Research poll back in September.

While that very high result was an outlier, Rainwater has in the past week polled at 14 percent (in a Ragnar Research Partners poll) and 15 percent (in a Cygnal poll). Previous Libertarian candidates for governor in Indiana earned 3.2 percent of the final vote in 2016, and 4 percent in 2012.

Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen declares ‘worst’ president in US history – and it may surprise you

'It's not Donald Trump. It's not Barack Obama.'

by Michael Ruiz, Fox News

Jo Jorgensen weighed in Monday on her pick for the “worst” president in the U.S. ever – and it wasn’t a commander-in-chief from recent history.

“It's not Donald Trump. It's not Barack Obama. Neither of them even come close,” the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nominee, tweeted. “In fact, it's not any modern President.”

She said it was former President Woodrow Wilson, who she blamed for “two great financial evils.”

Socialist Workers Party candidates knock on doors in Sharon

by David L. Dye, The Herald

SHARON — Walking from house to house, Malcolm Jarrett and David Ferguson took advantage of the nice weather late last month to talk with local residents — sometimes handing out information in the shade of a porch, or chatting with people who happened to be working in their yards.

It’s a scene not uncommon during an election season, but the group wasn’t with the usual Democrats or Republicans. They were from the Socialist Workers Party, with Jarrett campaigning as a vice presidential candidate and Ferguson running as candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, which represents a portion of Allegheny County.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Benton-Franklin Libertarians host final Jo Jorgensen sign wave in Pasco

by Neil Fisher, YAKTRINEWS.COM

PASCO, Wash. — The Benton-Franklin County Libertarians hosted their final sign wave Sunday in Pasco showing support for Jo Jorgensen.

Jorgensen is running for president in the United States as a Libertarian.

The rally was held at the corner of Road 68 and Burden Blvd. near Lowe’s in Pasco.

Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen makes a stop in Council Bluffs

by Shirelle Moore, KPTM FOX42

Libertarian candidate for president, Jo Jorgensen, made a campaign stop in Council Bluffs on Saturday to remind people that there is another choice at the top of the ticket.

“What I tell people is the libertarian party is on your side. Not the side of the politicians in Washington and that you know better how to spend your money and make decisions than any special interests or bureaucrat in Washington can and that’s why I’m running for office because the government is too big, too bossy, too nosey and too intrusive,” says Jorgensen.

Alabama Libertarian Party Begins 2022 Party Petition

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Alabama requires a petition of 3% of the last gubernatorial vote for a new or previously unqualified party, or a non-presidential statewide independent, to get on the ballot. No one has completed a statewide 3% Alabama petition since 2000, except that Americans Elect did the petition in 2011 but then didn’t run any candidates.

For 2020 and 2022, the petition is 51,588 signatures. The Alabama Libertarian Party has just begun to circulate that petition for the 2022 election. It is due in May 2022.

No other state requires such a high percentage of signatures for statewide non-presidential ballot access, if each state is compared using its easiest method (party or independent).

New York Releases First Registration Data Since February 2020

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On November 2, the New York State Board of Elections released the first registration data since February 2020. New York had been the only state that had not released any registration data for any point in the last four months. Here is the link. Be careful to distinguish the active voters from the inactive voters.

The new percentages are: Democratic 50.06%; Republican 22.20%; Independence 3.51%; Conservative 1.22%; Working Families .33%; Green .20%; Libertarian .16%; SAM .01%; Womens Equality plus Reform .06%; independent and miscellaneous 22.25%. These are the active voters.

The February percentages had been: Democratic 50.43%; Republican 22.32%; Independence 3.70%; Conservative 1.26%; Working Families .34%; Green .21%; Libertarian .12%; Womens Equality .06%; Reform .02%; SAM .003%; independent and miscellaneous 21.55%.

New York Times Article Shows When Each State is Likely to Have the Bulk of its Votes Counted

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This New York Times article lists each state, and gives information about when the bulk of that state’s vote will be public knowledge.

New California Registration Data

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On October 30, the California Secretary of State released new registration data. This is the last tally California will provide until January 2022.

The new percentages, as of October 19, 2020, are: Democratic 46.13%; Republican 24.19%; American Independent 2.93%; Libertarian .89%; Peace & Freedom .469%; Green .385%; Common Sense .04%; independent, unknown, and miscellaneous 24.95%.

At the last tally, which was from September 4, 2020, the percentages were: Democratic 46.42%; Republican 24.16%; American Independent 2.90%; Libertarian .87%; Peace & Freedom .471%; Green .383%; Common Sense .05%; independent, unknown, and miscellaneous 24.74%.