Florida Will Have Twelve Presidential Candidates on the Ballot

Florida will have twelve presidential candidates this year. By comparision, in 2000 there were ten; in 2004 there were eight; and in 2008 there were thirteen.

The twelve in 2008 are the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Justice, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Peace & Freedom, America’s Independent, Socialist, Objectivist, and Reform Parties. These parties are listed in the order of how many states their presidential nominees are on the ballot (so far). UPDATE: an earlier version of this post said the Socialist Workers Party is on and that the Reform Party is not, but the post has been corrected.

Probably Florida will have more presidential candidates on its ballot than any other state except Colorado, although Louisiana might also have more but that is not yet determined. None of the other 47 states will have more than ten.

Four parties that placed presidential candidates on the ballot in Florida in 2008 did not do so in 2012. They are the Prohibition, Boston Tea, Socialist Workers, and Ecology Parties.


  1. Will Fenwick · · Reply

    Things are looking quite badd for the prohibition party, the only state they have a hope of being on now is louisiana.

  2. I’m guessing the Prohibition Party has some buyers remorse right now from picking Fellure over Hedges.

  3. @1 @2 no kidding, Jack Fellure and the Prohibitionists are not having a good election cycle this year.

  4. Why didn’t the Prohibition party get on in Florida?

  5. What was the ecology party? Is that what Nader used to be on the ballot?

  6. Austin Cassidy · · Reply

    I see that Barack Obama is listed as “Active” and not “Qualified” on the Florida Division of Elections page.

    Romney is listed as “Qualified”


  7. Austin Cassidy · · Reply

    As I think about it, maybe something to do with the DNC not being held yet?

  8. Austin, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly the case. Obama has not officially been nominated yet.

  9. Jed Siple · · Reply

    No Reform Party?

  10. Michael Morrison · · Reply

    Has something changed in Colorado law?
    In years past, EVERYBODY could get on in Colorado, especially the Prohibition Party which, last I heard, was headquartered there.

  11. Michael Morrison · · Reply

    Also, in fact, Barack Obama is NOT qualified … at least not qualified to be president.
    But neither is Romney.

  12. Jed Siple · · Reply

    @10 – Apparently the old Dodge faction doesn’t like Fellure and refused to pony up the $500 for the filing fee.

  13. J.D. FARGO · · Reply


  14. @13 …

    This comes from the guy ranting and raving against Fellure when he was nominated by the Prohibitionists…

  15. Jed Siple · · Reply

    According to the SOS’s website, the SWP ticket is NOT on the ballot, but the Reform Party is.

  16. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #15, thank you very much. I have amended the post. You are right.

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