New York Libertarians Seem Safely on Ballot

Last week, a challenge to the New York Libertarian statewide petition was filed by a Republican. However, the challenger’s specific complaint is that the Libertarian logo is too similar to the Conservative Party logo. Even if this challenge succeeds, the only result would be that the Libertarians would need to submit a new logo. A “logo” is a cartoon symbol of a party that appears on the ballot at the top of that party’s column or to the left of its party row.

The Conservative Party logo, starting in 1962, has been the torch of the Statute of Liberty. The Libertarian logo in New York, starting in 1988, has been the full statue. The challenge is not likely to succeed, since each party has been using its current logo for 18 years and no one objected earlier.

Eleven US Senate races are closer than the Pennsylvania US Senate Race

Gallup Polls released US Senate results in five states today. Among the results was Pennsylvania, where the Democratic nominee is 18 points ahead of the Republican nominee. When one surveys recent polls for all US Senate races, one finds that there are eleven US Senate races that are far closer than Pennsylvania. The states with closer poll results, and the margin by which one candidate is leading another, are: Connecticut (2), Michigan (9), Minnesota (10), Missouri (6), Montana (3), Nevada (3), New Jersey (4), Ohio (6), Tennesee (6), Virginia (1), Washington (6).

Greens are running in seven of the eleven closest states, and Libertarians are running in six of the eleven closest states. Yet neither the major parties, not the press, has paid much attention to the Green and Libertarian nominees in those races. It is ironic that Democrats have focused so much hostility toward the Green Party for running in Pennsylvania, and so little attention to US Senate minor party nominees in other states.

Mississippi Elections Officials Settle Reform Party Faction Fight

On August 15, Mississippi election officials determined that the legitimate Reform Party state chair is Ted Weill, not Barbara Dale Washer. As a result, the only Reform Party nominee who will be on the November ballot is Lamonica Magee, for U.S. House, 3rd district. The other faction, which is not recognized by the state, wanted to run Shawn O’Hara for U.S. Senate and wanted to run nominees in the three other U.S. House races.

Illinois Board of Elections Postpones Decision on Socialist Equality Petition

On August 31, the Illinois State Bd. of Elections deadlocked along party lines, on whether to certify Socialist Equality Party candidate Joe Parnarauskis for the November ballot. He is running for state senate, 52nd district. He submitted 4,991 signatures. The law requires 5% of the last vote cast. However, the law isn’t clear about whether that means 5% of the vote for that particular office in the last election, or 5% of the number of people who put a ballot in the box (within that district) in the last election. Andrew Spiegel, attorney for Parnarauskis, presented evidence that the Board has been calculating the number of signatures incorrectly for the last decade or so. The Board voted to reconvene on September 7, after studying the matter.

Aside from the matter of the dispute on how to calculate the number of signatures, Parnarauskis would also be on the ballot if the Board would accept some petition sheets in which the candidate forgot to include “52nd State Senate district” in the Petition Heading. However, the body of the text includes “52nd State Senate district”. The four Republican Board members voted that the clerical error in the title of the petition is not fatal, but the four Democrats voted that it is fatal.