Update on Constitution Party Ballot Access Efforts

The CP Newsletter I posted below is in document format which doesn’t lend itself to posting in toto. So I will excerpt a few parts that are notable:

Frequently I am asked by party members how many states the Constitution Party is ballot qualified in, so I will address that question in this issue’s message.

Ballot qualification for political parties and candidates is governed by each of the 50 state’s election laws, which differ from state to state. All have different requirements, different deadlines, and different procedures, and time frames for qualifying our candidates for ballot access. In some states we are pursuing access as a party and in some access for independent candidates. Generally we are using whichever method is easier and realistically doable. In addition, each of the states has different criteria for maintaining ballot position once ballot access is actually obtained. The most common requirement is that the party must receive a certain percentage of the vote for a given state-wide race in order to remain ballot qualified. Too often these barriers are set impossibly high, yet failure to meet them results in the party having to re-qualify for the next general election. In addition to gaining ballot access for the party, each candidate must also meet certain requirements to have his name placed on the ballot under the party’s banner. This requires detailed attention by the party leaders to insure that both the party and our candidates get on the ballot.

As of this newsletter, the Constitution Party is ballot qualified in the following 17 states: Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Efforts to get ballot qualification are going on in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

If you live in one of the states currently working or about to start working toward ballot position, I strongly encourage you to offer to help gather signatures, and if you have family or friends of like-mind that live in those states, please contact them and encourage them to sign the petition and to offer their help as well. Contact information for state leaders can be found on our website: http://www.constitutionparty.com. Many dedicated volunteers make a heavy load much lighter to carry. One way of doing that is to simply forward this newsletter on to them.

Our presidential candidate, Virgil Goode, is getting far more coverage by the news media than our past presidential candidates have gotten. In those interviews he has publicly stated that he hopes to be on the ballot in at least 40 states. That goal is possible, but it will take the serious effort of all us doing our part to make it a reality. Now that Romney has supposedly tied up the GOP nomination, there are a lot of Ron Paul supporters that we can expect to come our way, but they need to see that we ourselves are actually moving forward and doing out part.

Your National Chairman,

Frank Fluckiger

Crossposted at IPR.

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