This year, Colorado will have sixteen presidential candidates listed on its ballot, the highest number of presidential candidates on a general election in U.S. history, except that Colorado also had sixteen in 2008. However, there have been many instances when states had more candidates than that on their presidential primary ballots. This post was updated on September 15 to correct some errors.
Colorado has five qualified parties, and those parties’ nominees, of course, are on the ballot automatically. They are the Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties.
Then there are eleven candidates who qualified by paying the $500 fee and submitting a list of presidential elector candidates. They include four parties with “socialist” or “socialism” in their name: the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Equality Party, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The Party for Socialism and Liberation presidential candidate in Colorado is Gloria LaRiva, because the party’s actual presidential candidate, Peta Lindsey, is under age 35.
Then there are two independent presidential candidates: Jill Reed of Wyoming, and Sheila Tittle of Virginia.
Finally, there are four other minor parties: Justice Party, running Rocky Anderson; Peace & Freedom, running Roseanne Barr; Objectivist, running Tom Stevens; American Third Position, running Merlin Miller; and America’s Party, running Tom Hoefling. Thanks to William Fenwick for the Colorado list. The Colorado deadline for independent candidates, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, to pay their $500 was August 8.