Category: Ballot Access

Activists Protest Exclusion from the Ballot

Originally posted at peaceandfreedom.org. on March 28, 2016.

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Fifteen people, mostly members of the Peace and Freedom Party of California, along with others concerned about ballot access and democracy, protested in front of the Ca. Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento on Thursday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. The Secretary of State is not listing Jill Stein, one of four names submitted by the party for the June 7, 2016 Presidential primary ballot, and has not publicly stated any reason for this omission.

On Jan. 18, 2016, Debra Reiger, the State Chairperson of the Peace and Freedom Party of California, submitted the names of four women who have declared that they are seeking the party’s nomination for President: Dr. Lynn Kahn, Gloria LaRiva, Monica Moorehead, and Jill Stein. So far, only the first three will be listed as PFP candidates on the June primary ballot. The Secretary of State can correct this before the list is finalized on April 1.

Running for Office in 2016

Originally posted at peaceandfreedom.org. on December 14, 2015.

The following is a general introduction to the processes for the coming 2016 election. Anyone seriously considering running for political office as a Peace and Freedom candidate is also advised to consult with Party officials, local PFP organizations, the California Secretary of State and local county election officials.

Candidates for Presidential Nomination

As a ballot qualified party, the Peace and Freedom Party is entitled to place its nominee for President of the United States on the November ballot in California. Candidates considering seeking the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for President need to contact us, if they have not already done so, using this contact form. The following is only a summary.

Become a Leader in the Peace and Freedom Party

By C. T. Weber

Originally posted at peaceandfreedom.org. on December 14, 2015.

See also this list of deadlines.

Every organization needs to have a dedicated, hard working group of people to organize, build and help it grow. This is its leadership body.

Our party is governed by our Central Committees, which are organized at both the state and county levels. The State Central Committee meets at least three times a year. It sets policy, decides on our platform and writes our bylaws. At our state convention in Presidential years, the State Central Committee chooses our Presidential slate.

State Central Committee members also participate in County Central Committees that meet on a regular basis. They plan their participation in local picket lines, demonstrations, social gatherings, fundraisers and other activities.

Top Two Elections: Bad for Democracy

In June of this year your ballot changed dramatically. Except for the Presidential primary (which hasn’t changed), you no longer vote in a primary election for candidates to represent your political party in November. Instead, you vote on which two candidates get to run again in the fall. The party labels that appear next to the candidates’ names have little meaning because political parties no longer control the use of their names.

But you aren’t seeing the real change until November, when you have only two choices. They might well both be Democrats or both be Republicans. “Top two” elections relegate small party and independent candidates to June when fewer people turn out to vote. Three Peace and Freedom candidates for the state legislature did make it to the November ballot this year because we took advantage of a one-time opportunity created when only one other candidate was on the ballot. The Republicans and Democrats will see to it that this doesn’t happen again.

Blame Prop. 14, passed in June 2010 as a result of several million dollars worth of advertising by big business friends of Arnold Schwarzenegger. They thought that by weakening political parties, both large and small, they could use their money more efficiently to influence elections. We think it’s unconstitutional and are joining with other plaintiffs to challenge it in court.