Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jill Stein Campaign Appears to Qualify for Primary Season Matching Funds

The Jill Stein campaign believes it has received enough contributions to qualify for primary season matching funds. The paperwork will be submitted to the FEC for an official determination. Assuming she does receive the funds, she will be the second Green Party presidential candidate to have qualified; Ralph Nader in 2000 was the first. Nader […]

Rocky Anderson Sues Vermont Over Cumbersome Petition-Checking Procedures

Vermont requires independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, to submit 1,000 signatures (for statewide office) by June 14. This year, the Justice Party collected over 1,300 signatures to place its presidential nominee, Rocky Anderson, on the November ballot. However, because Vermont requires petitioning groups to first collect the signtures, then submit them to […]

New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat Sues New York City Board of Elections over Vote-Counting Transparency

On June 29, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who was also a candidate for U.S. House in the June 26 New York Democratic primary against incumbent Congressman Charles Rangel, sued the New York City Board of Elections. The race is very close, and Espaillat says the New York City Board of Elections has broken […]

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Making it Possible for Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates to Appear on November 2012 Ballot

On June 26, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed HB 509, which extends the deadline for certain qualified parties to certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The old law required the certification in early August, but now it is in early September. The bill only applies to parties that polled 20% of the vote in the […]

Libertarian Party Will Attempt to Gain Status as a "Party" in District of Columbia

The Libertarian Party has never been a ballot-qualified party in the District of Columbia. The law defines “party” as a group that polled at least 7,500 votes for a partisan office. Elections for “Shadow U.S. Senator” and “Shadow U.S. Representative” don’t count. This year, Libertarian Bruce Majors will attempt to gather 3,000 signatures to appear […]

One Illinois Presidential Candidates Withdraws One of his Two Petitions

Michael W. Hawkins, who filed two petitions to be on the Illinois November ballot for President, has now withdrawn his independent candidacy. He had filed one petition to be an independent presidential candidate, and another petition to be the presidential candidate of a newly-qualifying party. But now only the latter petition is active. The name […]

North Carolina Attempts to Defeat Ballot Access DeadlineLawsuit on Grounds that Green Party, Constitution Party Have Only Made Feeble Petitioning Attempts

On May 28, the North Carolina State Board of Elections filed this brief in Pisano v Bartlett, the lawsuit challenging the May petition deadline for petitions for newly-qualifying parties. The brief argues that because the two plaintiff parties, the Constitution Party and the Green Party, have made only feeble attempts to qualify for the ballot […]