On August 11, Christopher Miller endorsed Pat LaMarche for Governor of Maine. Miller challenged incumbent Maine Governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, in the June 2006 Democratic primary, and polled 25% of the vote. He campaigned on a platform of ending dependence on oil. He is still a registered Democrat.
Pat LaMarche is the Green nominee for Governor. Due to Maine’s “clean elections” public funding law, she is the best-funded Green Party nominee anywhere in the U.S. this year. She must poll 5% of the vote this year, or the Green Party will lose its qualified status.
On August 24, the Oregon Attorney General ruled that Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Mary Starrett should remain on the ballot. A Republican had challenged her ballot status, saying that party officials had failed to run an advance legal notice in a newspaper, telling the date, time and location of the state convention. But the Attorney General said, even if it’s true that the notice was required, it doesn’t follow logically that the penalty for failing to run the ad is removal from the ballot.
The Republican who complained says he will now sue the state to remove Starrett.
At the recent Oklahoma primary, former Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key won the Republican nomination in the 90th House district. When Key was in the legislature in the past, he sponsored bills to improve the ballot access laws. Since he is certain to return to the legislature (he has no opponent in the November 2006 election), perhaps he will be helpful again.
On August 24, a Commonwealth Court judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the legal required number of signatures this year for statewide minor party and independent candidates is 67,070 signatures, not 15,494. In re Nomination Paper of Romanelli, 426 M.D. 2006. That case will now be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It had been brought by the Green Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. It had argued that the number of signatures should be based on the November 2005 statewide judicial retention election, not the November 2004 election.
On August 24, www.dailykos.com said, “We live in a two-party system. People don’t want to vote for Republicans. The generic congressional ballot makes clear people want the alternative, the only alternative–Democrats.”
“Two-party system” was coined in 1911 to describe the British party system. All dictionaries and reference works that define the term, make it clear that a “two-party system” is one in which two particular parties are much bigger than all the others. It does not mean a system in which there are only two parties. This year, minor party or independent candidates will be on the ballot in all the 48 states that are holding statewide elections, with the certain exception of Alabama, the probable exception of Pennsylvania, and the possible exception of New Mexico.
Arkansas newspapers of August 24 report that Democratic and Republican Party officials, as well as the Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor, all say they agree with yesterday’s ballot access decision. That decision put the Green Party on the ballot and struck down Arkansas’ petition requirement for new parties.
The Secretary of State’s office says it will decide by August 25 whether to appeal the decision.