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Ballot Access Blues: Controversial Cases From the 2016 Election Cycle

As with past election cycles, third party and independent candidates – as well as initiatives aimed at reducing the power of the two major parties – are struggling to achieve access to general election ballots. In some cases, this is the result of … Continue reading

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Seeking Exposure, Third Party Candidates Begin Appearing in Presidential Polls

A recent poll shows that presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have record-high unfavorability ratings: 55 percent and 70 percent, respectively. Yet despite their unpopularity, the general electorate may not be exposed to third party candidates as an alternative. This is … Continue reading

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An Independent’s Case Against Open Primaries

There is little doubt that the major national parties have, on the whole, behaved atrociously this election season. On the Republican side, there have been loyalty pledges, insubstantial RNC-arranged debates, and conversations about rule changes designed to thwart specific candidates. But the Democratic … Continue reading

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Following Recent Court Rulings, Proposed Bill Would Further Improve Ballot Access in Pennsylvania

As reported by Richard Winger on Ballot Access News, the Senate State Government Committee will hold a hearing on September 22 regarding SB 495, the Voter’s Choice Act, which aims to enhance ballot access in Pennsylvania for minor party candidates. … Continue reading

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Third Parties Struggle to Gain Access to State Ballots

As IVN contributor AJ Signieri described in June, third parties in Illinois struggle to secure a place on the state’s general election ballots. If a party’s nominee for governor does not cross the 5 percent threshold, the party is considered … Continue reading

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