Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Independent Candidate Aged 18 Submits Petition for Mayor of New York City

Ballot Access News

The petition deadline for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, for local office in New York state was May 25. One of the petitions was submitted for Thomas Downs, an 18-year-old running for Mayor of New York city. His ballot label is Future Party. He needed 3,750 signatures. See this story.

Although the 2020 session of the New York legislature increased the statewide petition from 15,000 to 45,000 signatures, it did not increase the local or district petitions. Furthermore in 2021 it passed a bill, cutting those petitions in half, for 2021 only.

Libertarian Party convenes in Visalia, expands on viability as recall contender

by Donald A. Promnitz, Hanford Sentinel

VISALIA — The recall effort aimed at Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrust a number of potential candidates into the spotlight, but Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only ones in the race.

The Libertarian Party of California convened at the Visalia Marriott Convention Center May 14-16 to handle official business and rally together for the recall. And while contenders like Olympic athlete and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 candidate John Cox have garnered considerable attention, the Libertarian candidate — Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt — said Saturday isn’t someone who’s so easily written off.

Matt Welch Op-Ed: 'Dreams of a new #NeverTrump political party? Good luck with that'

by Matt Welch

Just as May flowers follow April showers, so too do presidential campaigns fertilize the political soil for fanciful, post-election dreams of sprouting viable new third parties.

“We … declare our intent to catalyze an American renewal,” wrote 150 mostly Republican ex-politicians and security-state veterans on May 13 in a breathless joint letter, “and to either reimagine a party dedicated to our founding ideals or else hasten the creation of such an alternative.”

This new movement, posited co-founders Evan McMullin and Miles Taylor in a follow-up Economist essay, seeks either to wean the GOP from its “cult of personality” around Donald Trump or to “unify American voters who have been rendered politically homeless into a new political tribe — a resistance movement of ‘rationals’ against ‘radicals.’”

Well, good luck with that. Political independents are a fractious bunch. Building third parties from scratch without benefit of money or celebrity is an almost unfathomably dreary slog, and the last five-plus years of Republican politics has produced a series of humiliations for the #NeverTrump right...

To read editorial in full, click here.

Libertarian Party Response to Biden Address

 Libertarian Party

** Libertarian Party Press Release **

In President Biden’s address before Congress Wednesday evening, the American people heard a lot of proposals and promises, but all were based around the same old, exhausted idea — that giving government more power to issue mandates and to move around untold trillions more dollars of our money is the answer to the problems that government has created.

From educational freedom to health care, President Biden’s overarching theme was government control. His message to Americans was that they cannot be trusted to make the best choices for themselves and for their families. We know this is not what Americans want nor is it what they deserve.

Sixty Individuals Say They are Running for California Governor in 2021

Ballot Access News

According to the California Target Book, sixty individuals have said they are intending to run for Governor of California in the 2021 recall. They include 28 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 16 who are not members of a qualified party, two Libertarians, two Greens, and one member of the American Independent Party. Thanks to Politico California Playbook for this news.

No one has officially filed yet because the election date isn’t set yet.

Socialist Workers Party Intends to Place a Nominee for California Governor on This Year’s Ballot

Ballot Access News

The Socialist Workers Party will attempt to place Dennis Richter on the California 2021 gubernatorial recall ballot. Assuming he gets on the ballot, his ballot label will say “Party preference: none”, whereas members of qualified parties will have their party label on the ballot.

It is not certain when the recall election will be. Although most people assume it will be in November, there is some support in the legislature among Democrats to pass a bill that would make it several months earlier, even possibly as early as August.

Arkansas Petition Deadline for New Parties in Presidential Years is in September of Year Before Election

Ballot Access News

There have been many outlandish petition deadlines for newly qualifying parties, but the most extreme such deadline that ever existed is the Arkansas deadline. In presidential election years, the petition is due in September of the odd year before the election. New parties in Arkansas nominate by convention, not by primary, so there is no election-administration reason for such an absurd deadline.

Arkansas has lost lawsuits against early petition deadlines in the past. In 1977, when the deadline was April, it was struck down. The legislature moved it to May. But then in 1987 it moved the deadline to January. That was struck down in a Reform Party case in 1996, and the legislature moved it to May. But in 2013 it moved the deadline to 60 days before the filing period for candidates running in a party primary. The primary was in May in 2014, so the deadline automatically became December of the year before the election, worse than it had ever been before.

In 2015 the legislature moved the primary from May to March (for presidential election years only), so that automatically moved the petition deadline to September of the year before the election, in presidential years.

Given U.S. history, in which important new parties were organized in the election year and participated in that year’s election, it is difficult to understand the philosophy of Arkansas legislators. For instance, the Republican Party was formed on July 6, 1854, and went on to win a plurality in the U.S. House in the autumn 1854 elections.

The new deadline hasn’t yet been challenged in court, because the only party that has attempted to qualify in Arkansas in the last three elections has been the Libertarian Party, and it always got the petition done in the middle of the odd year before the election year, so it couldn’t claim that the deadline injured it. But if some other party attempts to get on the ballot in Arkansas in 2024, such a party would have standing and would win a lawsuit against the September 2023 deadline. If it were interested in the 2022 election, it could also win a lawsuit against the December deadline.

Socialist Workers Party Submits Petition for New Jersey Gubernatorial Race

Ballot Access News

On May 20, the Socialist Workers Party nominee for New Jersey Governor, Joanne Kuniansky, submitted her petition to be on the New Jersey ballot in November 2021 for Governor. She is the first petitioning candidate to file. The deadline is June 8 and the requirement is 800 signatures.

This is the first time the SWP has petitioned for Governor of New Jersey since 2005.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Life & Liberty Party Affiliate, The Alaska Constitution Party Grows


As of May 3, 2021, The Alaska Constitution Party, which is the Alaska affiliate of the national Life And Liberty Party, has 652 registered voters.  Currently, the ACP is the only affiliate of the L&LP which tracks registered voters.  The ACP has grown steadily since it's inception.    Alaska Division of Elections

Monday, May 17, 2021

David Freedman: 'Liz Cheney's Ouster Makes A Third Political Party More Likely'

by David Freedman, Newsweek

In a voice vote Wednesday morning, Republicans stripped the important role of House Republican Conference leader from Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, following her outspoken repudiation of former President Donald Trump's baseless claims of election fraud. In so doing, the GOP continues to make it abundantly clear for the foreseeable future it is the party of Trump.

Which raises a question: Might Cheney, along with other prominent Republicans on the outs with the party because they have withheld fealty to the former president, mount their next election bids as independents—or even form a third party?

Four-Candidate Congressional Debate in New Mexico

Ballot Access News

On Sunday, May 9, the four candidates for the special U.S. House election, 1st district, debated each other. They are a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, and an independent. The debate was sponsored by the Albuquerque Journal, TV station KOAT, and radio station KKOB. Thanks to Rick Lass for this news.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Three-Party Debate for Pennsylvania Special State Senate Election

Ballot Access News

On May 1, the League of Women Voters sponsored an in-person debate for the candidates for State Senate, 22nd district. Four parties have nominees on the ballot for the May 18 special election, and all four were invited to the debate. But the Republican nominee, Chris Chermak, chose not to attend. The debate participants were Democrat Marty Flynn, Libertarian Nathan Covington, and Green Party nominee Marlene Sebatianelli.

See this story. The district has been represented by Democrats for several decades.

In Pennsylvania, party meetings choose nominees in special elections; there are no primaries. The Libertarian and Green Parties were able to place a nominee on the ballot with no petition. In special elections, unlike regular elections, parties that polled a certain share of the vote in the last statewide election are on the ballot automatically. Both the Libertarian and Green Parties met that vote test in November 2020. They each needed to have a statewide nominee who polled more than 2% of the highest vote-getting statewide winner’s vote. Although the Green Party wasn’t on the Pennsylvania ballot in November 2020 for president, it was on for the other statewide offices.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt lays out platform for governor run

City News Service, Desert Sun

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt outlined why he is running for governor in an op-ed published in several Southern California News Group newspapers over the weekend.

The Libertarian businessman is running to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election.

Last Monday, the California Secretary of State's office confirmed that enough validated signatures had been gathered to force a recall election, likely in November.

Maryland Libertarian Wins Town Council Seat

Ballot Access News

On Saturday, May 1, a town council election was held in Rock Hall, Maryland. Six candidates ran at-large for two seats. James Cook, a member of the Libertarian Party, placed first and was elected. Rock Hall is in the upper part of the eastern shore and has about 1,300 population. The election was non-partisan. Thanks to Bob Johnston for this news.

Working Families Party Wins Lawsuit in State Trial Court on Ballot Access Technicality

Ballot Access News

On May 3, the Working Families Party won a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Schenectady County, over whether its nominees should be on the ballot. Their nominees were also Democratic nominees. Republicans had challenged the electronic signatures on the candidacy paperwork. See this story.

Salt Lake City Television Station Carries News Story about Libertarian Party Response to State of the Union Address

Ballot Access News

KUTV in Salt Lake City, which is a CBS affiliate, seems to be the first general news outlet to have carried a story on the Libertarian Party’s response to the State of the Union Address. See here.

Arkansas Newspaper Story on Libertarian Petition Drive to Regain Qualified Party Status

Ballot Access News 

The Libertarian Party is currently circulating petitions for qualified party status in Alabama and Arkansas. Here is a newspaper story about the party’s Arkansas petition drive.

Texas Special Election Results for U.S. House

Ballot Access News

On May 1, Texas held a special election to fill the vacancy in the Sixth District. Texas special elections do not have party nominees. Instead, all candidates file by paying a filing fee and all appear on the same ballot. There were eleven Republicans, ten Democrats, one Libertarian, and one independent. If no one gets 50%, there is a runoff.

Preliminary returns show that the eleven Republicans polled a total of 48,554 votes; the ten Democrats polled 29,204; the independent received 351; the Libertarian received 265. The percentages are: Republican 61.95%; Democrats 37.26%; independent .45%; Libertarian .34%.

No one received a majority. Two Republicans, Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey, placed first and second, so they will be in the runoff.

When this district voted in November 2020, the percentages had been: Republican 52.80%; Democratic 43.98%; Libertarian 3.22%. Here are the unofficial results for all the 23 candidates.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Green Party of New Jersey Invites Everyone To Attend Its Online 2021 Annual Convention This Sunday May 2nd



For Immediate Release For Immediate Release


The Green Party of New Jersey welcomes all of its registered Greens, dues-paying members, members of the press and those disenfranchised by the two-party system to attend its virtual 2021 Annual Convention via Zoom this Sunday, May 2nd, from 1:00-4:30pm. The “public session” is for everyone and will feature a keynote speaker, a panel and introductions by 2021 candidates. To attend you must register through this Zoom link:

Iowa Libertarians challenge their ’white dudes who smoke weed’ reputation

by Andrew Sullivan, The Gazette

A trans woman, a racial justice activist, a former Democrat and a lifelong Libertarian walked into a Libertarian Party of Iowa convention last week.

Libertarianism is often seen as a right-wing ideology, but Iowa’s third-largest political party is working to shake the reputation. Party leaders hope to chart a more inclusive path, beyond the stereotypical conservative-to-libertarian pipeline.

At their annual convention last week in Cedar Rapids, party organizers invited me to moderate a panel discussion focused on Libertarian outreach outside the usual networks of the liberty movement.

Libertarian candidate Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. announces run for Governor

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A new hat has been thrown into the ring for the governor spot, this time by Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Jr.

Harrington previously ran as a challenger to Republican Tom Cotton for his Senate seat in 2020.

Harrington took to Twitter on Friday to announce his run and to urge supporters to help get him on the ballot.

Working Families Party Has Its Own Response to Joe Biden’s Speech

Ballot Access News

New York Comgressmember Jamaal Bowman was chosen by the Working Families Party to deliver the WFP response to the state of the nation speech of President Biden. Here is a link to his 12-minute speech. Bowman is a Democrat but the WFP also nominates him.