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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Court Decision Could Make Ballot Access Easier for Third Party Candidates

October 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two major political parties and three significant minor political parties in this country. In theory, voters get to choose between the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, plus Independent candidates when they vote. Alabama doesn’t really work that way. The way districts are gerrymandered based on race and political party preferences, there are a lot of districts where one of the two major political parties is so dominant they aren’t seriously going to be challenged by the other party and third parties don’t really have a realistic path to ballot access. Nowhere is this more true than in special elections, where independent and third party candidates only have a few weeks to get the signatures that the state requires for ballot access for a district no one knew was going to be vacant. That could be changing
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