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On August 9, a U.S. District Court in North Carolina refused to grant an injunction against North Carolina's May 17 petition deadline for new parties. The case had been brought by Ralph Nader and the Green Party, and is being appealed. Nader 2000 Primary Committee v Bartlett, 5:00-cv-348-BR. In the 4th circuit, it is number 00-2040.
But on August 25, a U.S. District Court in Illinois granted an injunction putting Nader on the ballot (if he has enough valid signatures) even though over 40% of his signatures were turned in after the June 26 deadline for new parties. Nader 2000 Primary Committee v Illinois State Board of Elections, 00-cv-4401. Nader had turned in 39,000 signatures to meet the requirement of 25,000, but 16,000 of the signatures were late.
Although the court order implies that the Illinois deadline is too early, it is based on the fact that the state had required petitioners to be registered voters, even though two U.S. District Courts in Illinois had already struck down that requirement.
Also on August 28, there were hearings in two other Nader petition deadline cases, one filed against Oklahoma's July 15 independent deadline, and one against South Dakota's June 20 deadline. As this newsletter went to the printer, there were no decisions from either one, although they are expected momentarily. See www.ballot-access.org for an update.
The Oklahoma case (Nader v Ward, cv-00-1340-R) includes several issues in addition to the deadline. The Nader campaign put on several witnesses, during the 2.5 hour hearing, to show that their petitioners had been illegally chased off public property by law enforcement officials. One policemen even told the petitioners that they ought to be supporting the Democratic Party.
Still another pending deadline case is Harry Browne's challenge to the Arizona independent deadline (Browne v Bayless, cv00-15468, Maricopa). Browne had to file as an independent in Arizona because he fears the ballot-qualified Arizona Libertarian Party will not nominate him. A hearing is set for Sept. 6.
The chief reason Nader's lawsuit failed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina was that the Green Party didn't obtain 51,324 signatures. Generally, it is a bad idea for any party to challenge a petition deadline, unless it has completed the petition and submitted it past the legal deadline. Otherwise, however, the Nader case against North Carolina was strong. In the past, the Board of Elections itself was so sure that the May deadline was unconstitutional, that in 1988 it accepted party petitions until mid-July, despite the language of the law. New parties in North Carolina nominate by convention, not in the May primary, so there is no election administration-related reason for the deadline to be so early. It had been in July from 1949 til 1979, and in August before 1949.
Evidence in the case was that it cost the Reform Party $250,000 to qualify this year. The 4th Circuit, which is reviewing the lower court decision, is expected to decide by September 10.
On July 21, U.S. District Court Judge Jaime Pieras ruled in Igartua v United States, 00-142, that the Constitution requires that Puerto Rico be given electoral votes in presidential elections. Although the decision is almost sure to be overturned on appeal (a similar Puerto Rico case lost in 1996 in the First Circuit), the decision has stimulated the Puerto Rico legislature to pass legislation providing for a popular presidential vote this year. See related story below.
On August 20, Lawrence Noble, General Counsel to the Federal Election Commission, outlined procedures for establishing whether Pat Buchanan or John Hagelin should receive the $12,613,452 in federal funds which is due the Reform Party presidential nominee. To start, each must prove that he will be on the ballot in at least 10 states with the "Reform" label, or with the label of any state party which is affiliated with the national Reform Party.
Pat Buchanan complied on August 25, proving that he will be listed with "Reform" next to his name in Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia; and also that in a few more days he will prove this for Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina and North Dakota.
John Hagelin has still not supplied such proof. He is disadvantaged because he didn't decide to start submitting ballot access petitions with "Reform" as his chosen label, until fairly late in the petitioning season. Some of the states he is counting on for the purpose of meeting the 10-state requirement have September deadlines, and either he hasn't finished petitioning in those states, or those states haven't checked the petitions yet.
Also, there are only five states (Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington) in which the undisputed state officers of a ballot-qualified party named "Reform" have certified Hagelin; and in one of those, North Carolina, the state disregarded the wishes of the state party officers.
The FEC must respond to the evidence within 10 days. In the case of Buchanan, this will be September 4. If both qualify, the FEC will be forced to do a further investigation.
On July 20, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman, a Clinton appointee, ruled that it is unconstitutional for Illinois to require that petitioners for candidates be registered voters. Tobin for Governor v State Bd. of Elections, 99-c-2713. This was the second U.S. District Court decision to invalidate that Illinois law. The first decision, last year, was appealed and is awaiting a decision from the 7th circuit. These two decisions formed part of the basis for the Nader Illinois victory.
On July 28, the national Republican Party killed its own proposal for reform of presidential primary timing. A committee of the national party had developed a plan to revise dates so that the very smallest states would vote in February, the medium-small states in March, the medium states in April, etc. It was believed Governor George W. Bush didn't want the plan debated at the national convention because it might cause discord.
On August 24, the State Board of Elections voted 3-1 that the Long Beach, California national Reform Party convention chose Pat Buchanan for president. The state Reform Party had certified John Hagelin as its presidential candidate, but the state party bylaws also say that the party's presidential candidate should be the person who was nominated at the national convention.
There are 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans on the State Board of Elections. The Democratic members felt that the Board should make its own independent decision as to the events in Long Beach. After five hours of testimony about those events, the Democratic members made their decision in favor of Buchanan. One of the Republican members was absent; the other felt that the Board should defer to the state party officers, and certify Hagelin. Although the Hagelin campaign says it plans to sue the Board, it has not yet done so.
On August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Battey ruled that a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. House needs 44 signatures of party members, not 250, in order to appear on the party's primary ballot. Libertarian Party of South Dakota v Hazeltine, 00-3021. The candidate, Brian Lerohl, missed the June primary, but he will be on the November ballot.
The law says a candidate seeking a place on a statewide primary ballot needs signatures of party members equal to 1% of that party's last gubernatorial vote. The Libertarian Party only polled 4,398 votes for Governor in 1998. 1% of 4,398 equals 44. The law also says that a new party "with no voting history" needs 250 signatures. The Secretary of State had argued that, since the party went off the ballot as a result of its low vote total in 1998 (it re-qualified in time for 2000), the newly-qualified Libertarian Party was not the same organization as the party on the ballot from 1992 through 1998. The judge rejected that notion.
Pat Buchanan is moving aggressively to use the courts to establish that he is the true Reform presidential candidate. On August 24, he sued the Montana Secretary of State, who had that very day used a drawing to award the Reform nomination in his state to John Hagelin. Reform Party of Montana v Cooney, District Court, Lewis & Clark County, bdv 2000-519. The judge immediately entered an order forbidding the state from printing ballots until a hearing on the merits, held August 31. The dispute is caused by the fact that two different people claim to be the state chair of the party, and each certified a different presidential candidate.
Also, on August 22, Buchanan's wing of the party brought a lawsuit in federal court in Lynchburg, Virginia, which seeks a judicial declaration that Buchanan is the candidate. Reform Party of the US v Hagelin, civ 6:00-cv-0078. The hearing started on August 30.
A bill is being rushed through the Puerto Rico legislature, to provide for a November vote for president. The bill provides that the nominees of parties which participated in the island's presidential primary will be on that November ballot automatically. Others must submit 8,000 signatures (except that for 2000, due to the short time permitted for gathering the signatures, only 4,000 are needed). The signatures must be notarized.
Identical bills in each house are SB 2656 and HB 3539. It is likely that one of them will be signed into law on or about September 9. Petitioners then have 15 days from the date of signing, to collect the signatures.
Guam has been holding a similar presidential vote since 1980. Since neither Guam nor Puerto Rico have any electoral votes, their popular votes have no legal effect on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, unless the Igartua decision is affirmed, which is unlikely (see story above).
Last month the ballot-qualified Natural Law Party of Oregon officially changed its name to the Reform Party. The old Reform Party hadn't been a qualified party in the state since 1998, and Oregon permits parties to change their names. Some officers of the old Reform Party are on the board of the new state party.
1. Arizona: the State Supreme Court will hold a hearing on August 30 to decide which faction of the Libertarian Party has the right to choose a presidential candidate. Schmerl v Bayless, cv-00-280.
Arizona (2): on August 23, a lower court state judge dismissed the case filed by the Libertarian Party, Inc., to force the state to print the office of "precinct committeeman" on the party's primary ballot in all counties, not just Pima County. The judge ruled the case had been filed too late. Konikov v Santa Cruz Co. Board of Supervisors.
2. California: on September 8, there will be a hearing in federal court in Sacramento to determine who is the Republican nominee for Assembly, 67th district. Tom Harman got the most votes in the primary, but if only the votes of registered Republicans should have been counted, then Jim Righeimer won the primary. Lorinzce v Jones, 00-cv-1520-DFL.
California (2): the state will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review Schaefer v Townsend, the 9th circuit decision which said that congressional candidates need not be registered voters. The 9th circuit had rejected the state's request for a rehearing on August 1.
3. Florida: on August 15, a federal judge declared unconstitutional a law which required minor parties to post a bond, as a condition of being recognized. Socialist Workers Party v Leahy, 92-cv-1451. The state had not been enforcing the law.
Florida (2): on August 23, a federal case was settled out of court, over arrests of petitioners on public sidewalks last year. The Duval County Sheriff promises not to repeat the behavior. Aplin v Glover, 99-434-cv-J-20A, Jacksonville.
4. Idaho: Ralph Nader will probably sue over the number of signatures needed for independent presidential candidates. The state only requires 1,000 signatures for non-presidential statewide independents, yet inexplicably requires 4,918 for presidential independents.
5. Indiana: on August 3, the Democratic Party lost a federal lawsuit over the deadline for it to nominate candidates by committee meeting, in cases in which the primary had left the party with no nominee. The law, which was upheld, requires the nominations to be made by June 6 (35 days after the May primary). The party had pointed out that qualified minor parties, who make all their nominations by convention, don't need to name their candidates until August 4. Marion Co. Democratic Party v Marion Co. Election Board, IP 00-1169-C.
6. Michigan: on August 23, a state court upheld a law which requires candidates to swear under penalty of perjury that every statement and form for compliance with the campaign finance laws has been filed. The candidate will appeal. Michigan Libertarian Party v Secretary of State, 00-92155-AW, Ingham Co.
7. Missouri: the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Cook v Gralike, 99-929, on November 6. This is the case over whether states may enact laws placing a label such as "Disregarded Voters' Instructions on Term Limits" on the ballot, next to the names of candidates who refuse to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.
8. New York: on August 22, the 2nd circuit remanded Gelb v Board of Elections in City of New York, 99-9369, to the highest state court, the State Court of Appeals. The state court will now decide whether state law requires write-in space automatically on primary ballots for races in which there are at least two candidates already on the primary ballot (when there is only one candidate in a primary, there is no write-in space unless a write-in candidate submits a petition). The vote was 2-1; the dissenter wanted to dismiss the case.
New York (2): on August 24, the Working Families Party defeated an attempt by various Republican candidates to invalidate the WFP candidates. Koppell v Garcia, app. div., Albany, 87792. The Republicans argued that since the party didn't choose a State Committee at any 1999 primary, it cannot nominate. However, the court agreed with the Working Families Party that the law permits it to do so in this year's primary, on September 12. Most WFP nominees are also Democrats.
9. Texas: on August 15, U.S. District Court Sam Sparks again upheld the law which makes it illegal for a party to get on the ballot in only a single legislative or congressional district, if it hasn't qualified statewide. The 5th circuit had asked him to re-consider. The case now returns to the 5th circuit. Holmes v Gonzales, A-98-ca-600.
10. Utah: on July 25, the Libertarian Party sued in state court to place its candidate for Governor, Douglas Jones, on the November ballot. Libertarian Party of Utah v Walker, 905838, 3rd district. The only candidate who filed for Governor in the Libertarian primary, Dub Richards, failed to qualify under the party's bylaws (he refused to become a dues-paying member of the party as he had promised), so the party chose Jones at its convention (in Utah, parties use a hybrid convention-primary system to nominate candidates).
11. Vermont: on August 10, a federal court struck down the state's campaign expenditure ceiling for candidates who choose not to participate in public funding. Landall v Sorrell, 2:99-cv146. The decision is 90 pages long. Shortly afterwards, the Democratic candidate for Governor announced that he would forego public funding. The Republican candidate had earlier opted out of public funding.
12. West Virginia: Ralph Nader is expected to sue the state for requiring him to collect 12,730 valid signatures, given that John Hagelin, Natural Law presidential candidate, was permitted to qualify for this year's election with only 6,365 valid signatures. The different standard was because Hagelin submitted his signatures before a 1999 law, doubling the requirement, took effect.
West Virginia (2): Howard Phillips plans to sue the state over its $4,000 filing fee, just to file as a declared write-in candidate. West Virginia is in the 4th circuit, and a 4th circuit decision from Maryland in 1989 found that filing fees for write-in candidates are unconstitutional, since the purpose of a filing fee is to keep the ballot from being too crowded, and that rationale doesn't apply to write-in candidates.
10. federal law: a hearing was held in Ralph Nader's debates lawsuit on August 23 in federal court in Boston. Nader seeks an order barring the Commission on Presidential Debates from accepting corporate contributions. Becker v FEC, 00-cv-11192. The hearing went well, and an order is expected very soon.
Alaska: minor party vote for U.S. House (combining both August 22 primaries): Green, Anna Young, 10.1%; Alaskan Independence, Dore, 8.2%; Libertarian, Karpinski, 2.6%.
Missouri: In the August 8 Libertarian gubernatorial primary, John Swenson defeated Dick Illyes, 1,032 to 678. In the Reform U.S. Senate primary, Hugh Foley won with 294, versus 269 for James Hall and 186 for Martin Lindstedt. There were no contests in the Constitution primary, in which 303 voters participated.
Oklahoma: the August 22 primary for the only statewide office, Corporation Commissioner, had a 3-way Libertarian contest: Boutin 859; Bloxham 652; Prawdzienski 538. Only registered Libertarians and independents could vote in that primary.
The column on the left shows the number of people who received a ballot in the mail. The "percent" column next to it, reflects this number as a percentage of the number of votes cast for president in the November 1996 election.
On the far right of the chart under "Buchanan Data", are two columns: the left column shows the number of names submitted by the Buchanan campaign by state. Under the national party rules, a candidate seeking the party's nomination is to submit the names and addresses of people who had signed ballot access petitions circulated by that candidate. These people would then be sent a ballot, without having to request one.
Other voters in the Reform Party primary who were to receive a ballot were registered members of the party, people on the party's mailing list, and anyone who requested a ballot in writing. Requests for a ballot could come to the state Reform Party in that voter's state, or through the Buchanan or Hagelin campaigns.
The Hagelin campaign submitted 25,000 names, and OK'ed making their names and addresses available to the Buchanan campaign, so that the Buchanan campaign could send campaign literature to them.
By contrast, the Buchanan campaign submitted 500,000 names, but asked Mic Farris, chair of the national presidential nominations committee, to agree that the names would not be shown to anyone except e-Ballot, the company handling the primary. Farris agreed, because he felt that the motive was to protect the people named in the list from unwanted commercial mailings.
It became apparent soon after that the names Buchanan submitted were not the names of people who had signed petitions; nor were they people who had requested a ballot in writing. The far-right column, headed "petitions", shows the number of signatures a presidential candidate Buchanan had to submit in each state, for the ballot access method he used (party or independent) in the period before July 1, the cut-off date. Notice that there is little correlation between the number of signatures he had to collect in each state, and the number of signatures he submitted from each state.
The "Names" column is incomplete for some states. The data was calculated by starting with the total number of names in each state, and subtracting the other known methods by which names for that state could be submitted. In some cases, that data was also unavailable, so no entry for such states could be calculated.
In the opinion of Ballot Access News, it doesn't follow logically that, just because the Buchanan campaign seems to have broken the Reform Party's rules on the presidential selection process, therefore he could be disqualified from being considered for the nomination. The party's national executive committee voted on July 29 to disqualify him, yet there is no party rule to justify such disqualification. Furthermore, the party's rules on presidential selection specified that no changes in those rules could be made after December 31, 1999.
Dozens of members of Congress have been fined by the FEC for violating campaign finance laws, yet no one ever suggested that, because of such violations, the members should be barred from running again for Congress.
The elections of Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and John F. Kennedy are believed by many historians to have been brought about by a dishonest vote count, yet no one ever suggested that, therefore, either should have been barred from running for re-election.
|STATE||RECIPIENTS OF BALLOTS||VOTE FOR BUCHANAN AND HAGELIN||BUCHANAN DATA|
|NUMBER||PERCENT||Buchanan||Buchanan %||Hagelin||Hagelin %||Names||Petitions|
"Recipients of Ballots" are the number of people who received a ballot in the mail during July, to choose the Reform Party's presidential candidate. To understand why this data is meaningful, see comments above the chart, which also explain the columns.
The chart below shows certain Reform convention votes. The far-left column shows how many delegates each state was entitled to. The column headed "Combined vote" shows how many votes were actually cast by each state, if one combines votes taken in each of the two meetings.
The votes used for the "Combined vote" were taken from the presidential vote, or the vice-presidential vote, whichever produced a bigger total. There is no presidential tally for the Hagelin meeting, since Hagelin was nominated by acclamation.
The data suggests that the number of delegates voting in the Buchanan meeting was more than twice the number voting in the Hagelin meeting. Therefore, if the delegates had not split into two different meetings, it is likely that Buchanan would have controlled more than two-thirds of the vote, enough to have set aside the mail-in primary vote (the rules permitted a two-thirds vote of the delegates to override the primary). Consequently, in the opinion of Ballot Access News, Buchanan should be considered the actual Reform nominee (his meeting, in fact, did vote to overturn the primary results). This opinion is not a legal opinion, merely a personal statement about fairness. A legal opinion turns on complex questions about credentials, something not being attempted here.
|STATE||DELEGATE DATA||PRES. VOTE||VICE-PRES. VOTE||V-P VOTE, other convention|
See above the table, for why this information is meaningful and for an explanation of each column.
The presidential petitioning chart has been changed to show columns for candidates, rather than columns for parties. This is because the "Reform" column no longer means much without reference to which candidate is meant. The chart attempts to show party labels for each entry, but they are often tentative.
|Alabama||39,536||5,000||LIBT on||INDP on||INDP fin||INDP on||*INDP fin||Aug 31|
|Alaska||(reg) 6,606||#2,410||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||*CON on||GR on||Aug 8|
|Arizona||13,565||*#9,598||in court||REF on||NL on||too late||GR on||June 14|
|Arkansas||21,181||#1,000||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||GR on||Aug 1|
|California||(reg) 86,212||149,692||LIBT on||undecided||NL on||AIP on||GR on||Aug 10|
|Colorado||(reg) 1,000||#pay $500||LIBT on||FREE on||REF on||AC on||GR on||July 10|
|Connecticut||no procedure||#7,500||*LIBT on||*FREE fin||*REF fin||*CC fin||GR on||Aug 9|
|Delaware||(reg) 241||4,819||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||GR on||Aug 19|
|D.C.||no procedure||#3,320||*LIBT on||*too late||*disputed||*too late||SGR on||Aug 15|
|Florida||be organized||82,203||LIBT on||undecided||NL on||CON on||GR on||Sep 1|
|Georgia||39,094||#39,094||LIBT on||*INDP on||too late||too late||too late||Jul 11|
|Hawaii||602||#3,703||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||GR on||Sep 7|
|Idaho||9,835||4,918||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||*too late||Aug 31|
|Illinois||no procedure||#25,000||LIBT on||INDP on||REF on||too late||*GR fin||June 26|
|Indiana||no procedure||#30,717||LIBT on||*INDP on||*too late||too late||*too late||Jul 17|
|Iowa||no procedure||#1,500||*LIBT on||*REF on||*INDP on||*CON on||*GR on||Aug 17|
|Kansas||14,854||5,000||LIBT on||REF on||INDP fin||CON on||*INDP on||July 31|
|Kentucky||no procedure||#5,000||LIBT on||*undecided||*NL fin||*CON fin||*GR on||Aug 30|
|Louisiana||est. (reg) 135,000||#pay $500||*LIBT on||FREE fin||*NL fin||*CON fin||*GR fin||Sep 5|
|Maine||21,051||#4,000||*LIBT on||REF on||*too late||*CON on||GR on||Aug 8|
|Maryland||10,000||25,607||LIBT on||REF on||*too late||CON on||*GR on||Aug 7|
|Massachusetts||est. (reg) 37,500||#10,000||LIBT on||*REF on||INDP fin||*disputed||GR fin||July 31|
|Michigan||30,272||30,272||LIBT on||*undecided||NL on||UST on||*GR on||July 19|
|Minnesota||104,550||#2,000||*LIBT fin||*REF fin||*REF fin||CON on||GR fin||Sep 12|
|Mississippi||be organized||#1,000||LIBT on||INDP fin||NL on||CON on||IND 1,300||Sep 7|
|Missouri||10,000||10,000||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||*GR on||July 31|
|Montana||5,000||#5,000||LIBT on||in court||NL on||CON on||*GR on||Aug 1|
|Nebraska||5,453||2,500||LIBT on||*INDP on||NL on||*INDP on||*GR on||Aug 28|
|Nevada||4,099||4,099||LIBT on||CIT on||NL on||IAP on||GR on||July 7|
|New Hampshire||9,827||#3,000||*LIBT fin||INDP fin||*REF fin||CON fin||*GR fin||Aug 9|
|New Jersey||no procedure||#800||*LIBT on||*REF on||*INDP on||*CON on||GR on||July 31|
|New Mexico||2,494||14,964||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||GR on||Sep 11|
|New York||no procedure||#15,000||*LIBT fin||*R-T-L on||*undetermined||*CON fin||GR on||Aug 22|
|North Carolina||51,324||98,062||LIBT on||REF on||too late||too late||in court||June 30|
|North Dakota||7,000||4,000||*IND 3,500||REF on||*IND 2,500||CON on||*IND 2,000||Sep 7|
|Ohio||33,543||#5,000||LIBT on||INDP fin||NL on||INDP fin||INDP fin||Aug 23|
|Oklahoma||43,680||36,202||LIBT on||REF on||*too late||too late||*in court||July 15|
|Oregon||16,663||13,755||LIBT on||*INDP fin||REF on||CON on||GRP on||Aug 28|
|Pennsylvania||no procedure||21,739||*LIBT on||*REF on||too late||*CON on||*GR on||Aug 1|
|Rhode Island||15,323||#1,000||LIBT fin||REF on||*NL 1,200||*CON 500||*GR fin||Sep 7|
|South Carolina||10,000||10,000||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||CON on||*UC on||July 17|
|South Dakota||6,505||#2,602||LIBT on||REF on||in court||INDP on||in court||June 20|
|Tennessee||24,406||25||*LIBT on||INDP on||*INDP on||*INDP on||GR on||Aug 17|
|Texas||37,381||56,117||LIBT on||INDP on||*disputed||too late||*GR on||May 30|
|Utah||2,000||#1,000||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||IAP on||*GR on||Aug 31|
|Vermont||be organized||#1,000||LIBT on||*REF 750||NL on||CON on||PROG on||Sep 20|
|Virginia||no procedure||#10,000||*LIBT fin||*REF fin||*NL fin||*CON fin||*GR fin||Aug 25|
|Washington||no procedure||#200||LIBT on||FREE on||REF on||CON on||GR on||Jul 1|
|West Virginia||no procedure||#12,730||LIBT on||*REF on||NL on||too late||*too late||Aug 1|
|Wisconsin||10,000||#2,000||LIBT on||*REF fin||*REF fin||CON on||GR on||Sep 5|
|Wyoming||3,485||3,485||LIBT on||REF on||NL on||*INDP on||*INDP fin||Aug 28|
|TOTAL STATES ON SO FAR||*44||*35||*28||*33||*32|
#procedure allows partisan label. * -- entry changed from corresponding column entry in last month's table. "On" refers to whether the candidate is on the ballot. For Buchanan and Hagelin, it doesn't necessarily mean the label next to his name is final. Due to the uncertainty in many states on how to handle competing claims between Buchanan and Hagelin, many of the entries above (where the Reform Party is qualified) are probabilities, not certainties.
On August 19, the New York Right to Life Party, in convention, chose Pat Buchanan for president. 90% of the districts voted for him; 10% voted for Howard Phillips, who had received the Right to Life nomination in 1996. Right to Life Party leaders said they had invited George W. Bush to apply for the nomination, but he seemed uninterested.
On August 12, the United Citizens Party of South Carolina chose Ralph Nader as its presidential candidate. The party also changed its name from Patriot Party to United Citizens, which was its original name when it was formed in 1970.
These ballot-qualified New York parties will pick a presidential candidate on September 23: Independence, Liberal, and Working Families. The Conservative Party of New York will choose on September 25.
Minor party presidential candidates received these cumulative totals in primary season matching as of July 31: Pat Buchanan $4,022,171; John Hagelin $389,495; Ralph Nader $278,628.
Harris (Socialist Workers): on in Colorado, D.C., Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Washington; finished in New York, Mississippi and Rhode Island.
McReynolds (Socialist): on in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington; finished in New York and Rhode Island; 1,500 in Wisconsin; 500 in Mississippi.
Moorehead (Workers World): on in Washington; finished in Florida, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
Lane (Grassroots): on in Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont.
Dodge (Prohibition): on in Colorado.
Both factions of the Reform Party chose Californians for vice-president. Both of them are new to the Reform Party. Buchanan's faction chose Ezola Foster, a former schoolteacher who lives in Los Angeles. She changed her voter registration from Republican to Reform on March 25, 2000. Hagelin's faction chose Amos Nathaniel Goldhaber, vice-president and director of MyPoints.com, who lives in Oakland. He changed his registration from Natural Law to Reform on August 8, 2000.
This year, there are only 13 presidential candidates on the ballot in any state. These 13 are the Democratic and Republican candidates, the five candidates listed in the petitioning chart, the five candidates named in the story above, and one independent, Randall Venson, who qualified only in his home state, Tennessee. If the New York Independence Party picks someone who isn't on any other state's ballot, there would be fourteen. The state with the most presidential candidates on its ballot is Colorado, with eleven.
In 1996, there were 21 candidates on in at least one state. Parties on the ballot for president in 1996, but not in 2000, are Peace & Freedom of California, American, and Socialist Equality. Also there were two Grassroots Party candidates in 1996, but only one this year; and there were 5 independent presidential candidates on some ballot in 1996, but only one this year.
Rasmussen Poll results released August 27: Bush 43.1%; Gore 40.7%; Nader 2.8%; Buchanan .9%; Browne .8%; Phillips .1%; some other 1.9%; not sure 9.7%. www.portraitofamerica.com/html/poll-804.html This poll is updated daily. Hagelin will be added to the poll. Special web note: If that page does not display, try www.rasmussenresearch.com/html/poll-804.html instead.
Zogby Poll results of August 20: Bush 44.1%; Gore 40.9%; Nader 5.3%; Buchanan 1.7%; Browne 1.0%; Hagelin .1%; undecided or other, 6.9%. For later results, see www.zogby.com/features/featuredtables.dbm?ID=8