Three Political Parties Placed their Presidential Candidate on the Ballot in States with at Least 25% of the Electoral Vote, but Under 50%

By now it is fairly well understood that four presidential candidates will be on the ballot in states containing a majority of the electoral vote: President Obama, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.

There are also three parties who will be on the ballot for President in states containing at least 25% of the electoral vote, but less than 50%. Virgil Goode’s precise total can’t be known until the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission rules on his petition on September 20, but he will be on in states containing approximately 48% of the electoral vote. The Justice Party will be on the ballot for President in states containing 151 electoral votes, which is 28% of the Electoral College. The Party for Socialism and Liberation will be on in states containing 146 electoral votes, 27% of the Electoral College.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation actually successfully completed more petitions than the Justice Party did. The Party for Socialism and Liberation completed ten petitions, plus qualified in three states in which no petition was needed. The Justice Party completed eight petitions, but placed Rocky Anderson on the ballot in sixteen states because in some states one-state parties that were already ballot-qualified nominated him.


  1. RIP Constitution party

  2. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    Richard- On how many states is the Goode/Clymer ticket certified?

  3. With four (possibly five depending on how Rocky Anderson does) candidates who can theoretically win the election, why are the national televised debates limiting participation to just Obama and Romney? Oh, that’s right. A proper tyranny only functions when the people are convinced that the only viable candidates are the ones those in power want you to choose from.

  4. #2, 25 states, and he will probably also get New Hampshire, for a total of 26.

  5. @4 Baldwin got on 37. But I guess you should sell out your platform & principles to get a big name candidate to get more votes. Seems that didn’t work for them. Wonder if 2016 will get a hard line candidate or if the party will basically collapse.

  6. @5 we are not going away. We were done wrong either by petitioners or others in Hawaii, Vermont, Arkansas, Nebraska. We were challenged off the ballot in Illinois, and Penn. We lost out on Oregon, and CA due to issues in prior years. And the Kansas reform party also did us wrong.

    We will be on in more states in 2016 and beyond. We just had terrible luck with petitioners and other issues this year.

  7. I forgot to add Alaska and montana which lost ballot access.

  8. The candidates who are not Obama and Romney will probably collectively do slightly better this year than they did in 2004 or 2008.

    The Constitution, Libertarian, and Green Parties, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation all will probably do better for themselves nationally. Maybe the CP won’t get as many votes nationally as it did in 2008. But it will do better overall in the states it’s on the ballot than in 2008.

    New York really stuck it to Nader and Barr in 2008. I really want to see what the New York State ballot is going to look like this year. I hope it gets posted here. Jill Stein will probably be listed 6th from the top with a blank space where the IP candidate would have been.

  9. On a less trivial note, A3P candidate Merlin Miller went to Iran and met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    Any other minor party candidate

  10. Just wondering. Did or will the IP of Minnesota name anyone for president?

  11. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #11, no. The Independence Party never ran anyone for President except Ross Perot in 1996, back when the Independence Party’s name in Minnesota was the Reform Party.

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