Ballot Access

Ballot access rules, called nomination rules outside the United States, regulate the conditions under which a candidate or political party is either entitled to stand for election or to appear on voters' ballots. The criterion to stand as a candidate depends on the individual legal system, however they may include the age of a candidate, citizenship, endorsement by a political party and profession. Legal restrictions, such as those based around competence or moral aptitude, can be used in a discriminatory manner. Restrictive and discriminatory ballot access rules can impact the civil rights of candidates, political parties and voters.

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The People's House - Membership, Qualifications and Apportionment - Elections
... The courts generally do not consider ballot access rules for independent and third party candidates to be additional qualifications for holding office and there are no federal regulations ... As a result, the process to gain ballot access varies greatly from state to state, and, in the case of a third party may be affected by results of previous ...
Texas Gubernatorial Election, 2010 - Election Rules
... Any third-party which obtains ballot access must nominate its candidates via a statewide convention, which by law must be held on June 12, 2010 (the second Saturday in ... The Libertarian Party obtained ballot access automatically due to its 2008 showing, in which one of its nominees attracted over one million votes ... Independent and write-in candidates may seek ballot access however, the criteria for such access are quite strict (see "Ballot Access" below) ...
Libertarian Party Of Tennessee - Ballot Access
... the State of Tennessee, a 1972 state law that limited state ballot access was challenged and overturned ... to have their party listed on the state ballot ... Prior to the lawsuit, the LPTN had never applied for ballot access in Tennessee, though the Populist Party, the Reform Party, the Constitution Party and the Green ...
Justification of Strict Ballot Access Laws By Two Party Supporters
... Strict ballot access laws are not required for a two party system, as can be seen by the experience of Canada and the United Kingdom ... arguments are put forth about the need for strict ballot access laws in the United States With plurality voting, allowing third candidates on the ballot ... Allowing only two candidates on the ballot insures that at least the worst one is never elected ...
List Of Candidates In The United States Presidential Election, 2008 - Ballot Access - Guam
... Although Guam has no votes in the Electoral College, it has held a straw poll for its presidential preferences since 1980 ... In 2008, their ballot included Barr, McCain, and Obama ...

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