Third Party Candidate Says that Current Ballot Access Laws Limits Choice and Competition

October 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Constitution Party candidate for the Lee County Commission, Ken Busby issued a statement highly critical of Alabama’s ballot access laws which he says limits choices for voters and the rights of candidates to participate in the political process.

Busby said that Lee County has had two third party candidates run for offices, with zero major party opposition to the incumbent, fail to meet the ballot access requirements, which Busby described as extremely challenging.
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Confusion at End of House District 79 Race

September 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Primary winner Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 (HD79) seat after the Secretary of State’s office determined that Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick failed to get enough signatures from registered HD79 voters to qualify for ballot access.

On Friday, Fenwick then released a statement questioning the Merrill press release in which, “They stated that Libertarian Party candidate Gage Fenwick did not acquire enough verified signatures for ballot access. It was also stated that the number of signatures needed was 300 when the campaign was informed that it needed 276 signatures from Director of Elections Ed Packard back in July. There is now concern that the campaign was either given the wrong number to begin with or that a new standard was reached and the Secretary of State’s office failed to inform the campaign.”
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Corley Ellis Appears to Be Next Representative in District 41

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 15, the Alabama Republican Party closed candidate qualifying for Alabama House of Representatives District 41 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

The only candidate who qualified to run for the vacant District 41 seat was Corley Ellis.

Corley Ellis represents Shelby County Commission District 1.

He is from Columbiana, where he is the owner/operator of Ellis Properties.

According to their website: “Ellis Properties, Inc. is a full service Real Estate Brokerage firm that specializes in farms, acreage, timber and land development in Shelby County and central Alabama. We also market and sell residential properties.”
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