Poll after poll after poll shows that Americans want another choice besides the Democrats and Republicans. But of course there is little agreement about where that other party should be positioned. Many dissatisfied voters really want a party that fully agrees with their views, but those that truly desire greater choice on election day ought to consider what characteristics would allow such an option to not just survive but to thrive. A real alternative to the duopoly of the two establishment parties should have an ideological approach that sets it apart. It should have at least some appeal to the…

Status update for the Libertarian and other alternative parties

States in black have requirements enacted by the Republican and Democrat parties that currently prevent all alternative parties from participating in elections.

Now that the 2020 presidential election is mostly over we can start looking at what choices voters will have in 2022. Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen, the only candidate other than Trump and Biden whose name was on ballots for all voters, earned over 1.7 million votes. That’s a drop from Gary Johnson’s total four years ago but still well above any LP presidential campaign prior to 2016, including Johnson’s 2012 run. Other alternative parties and candidates did not fare so well, combined they achieved less than half of Jorgensen’s result.

As…

Obviously we’ll all be very interested to see how the Jorgensen/Cohen ticket does nationally and in our state. But there are hundreds of other Libertarians on the ballot across the country and many of those races have the potential to be impactful in terms of ballot access and public perception, not to mention the possibilities to win.

Each state has it’s own election laws and while new terms for the presidency and all US House seats are being contested, some will have a US Senate race and others won’t, state legislatures are on the ballot in most areas but not…

Your guide to who is on presidential ballots across the country.

Everybody knows about Donald and Joe but when you actually get your ballot you’ll see some other names as well. With the LP achieving full ballot access for the sixth time Jo Jorgensen becomes the first woman to be on ballots in all 50 states plus DC twice(she was the LP candidate for Vice-President in 1996). In addition to Jorgensen, Biden, and Trump there are 40 jurisdictions where voters will see the name of at least one other candidate in print. Look below to see who is where.

Democrats are going after Pres. Trump for trying to sabotage the USPS in order to reduce mail-in voting in the upcoming election, which Trump has admitted he is doing. Many Republicans have been beating the drum about fraudulent voting over the past several years, with little proof. But the Democrats who’ve been justifiably critical of attempts at voter suppression by the GOP should look the way their own party openly and brazenly works to rig elections for their own benefit. It’s well known that the DNC was biased against Bernie Sanders in 2016 and one can argue that the party…

No alternative parties have ballot access in Washington, Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New Hampshire.

A few things have happened since I wrote about alternative party ballot access for the 2020 presidential election on March 1st. Joe Biden drove the other challengers from the field to become the presumptive nominee for the Democrats. Justin Amash jumped in and then out of the race for the Libertarian nomination while Jesse Ventura stopped teasing about running with the Greens. The LP held the presidential nomination portion of it’s convention online and chose Jo Jorgensen. The Constitution Party did the same with a much smaller number of participants to pick Don Blankenship, although their NM affiliate went rogue…

A year ago Rep. Justin Amash took a position that after reading the Mueller Report he believed it indicated that Pres. Trump had committed offenses for which he could be impeached, as well as coming to other conclusions including that partisanship has eroded the checks and balances built into our political system. I stated at the time that this indicated Amash was going to be making a move in his political career. He has long described himself as libertarian and has been among the most pro-liberty Members of Congress during his time in office. I along with many others had…

On June 26th, 2018, Oklahoma Libertarians voted on who they wanted as their gubernatorial nominee. One of the candidates on their ballot was Joe Exotic, now known across the country from the docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix. Despite his local notoriety and a personality that has made the show about him an unqualified success, Exotic finished a distant third in that primary. He had more name recognition, more resources, and a personal following built up over several years as a the highly visible operator of the G. W. Zoo. Running in a closed primary, Exotic could…

No alternative parties have ballot access in Washington, Iowa, Illinois, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire.

2016 marked the first time in sixty-eight years and only the second time ever that a U.S. presidential election had four candidates receive over a million votes. With the expectation for 2020 of another close race between incumbent Republican Donald Trump and whomever the Democrats choose, both likely to have high unfavorability ratings, many voters may again be willing to give consideration to alternative candidates.

Each state has it’s own ballot access laws written by the two establishment parties and, unsurprisingly, these rules benefit those establishment parties to a varying degrees depending upon the state. A new party or an…

Careful observation of the race for the Libertarian nomination for President has led me to decide to endorse Jo Jorgensen to be the LP standard bearer in the 2020 election. Jo possesses the appropriate credentials both in her professional capacity and as a Libertarian. Jo’s campaign has the right approach to use the election to build the party for the future. And Jo has the communication skills and style of presentation that will have a positive impact on tens of millions of voters. …

Chris Powell

Chris is a former chair of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party and in 2018 was the first LP nominee for Governor in the state.

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