Equal Ballot Access
Ever notice the person you know to be the best candidate for an elected public office is not on the ballot. Your community knows his or her's quality and quantity of activism would be well appreciated and trusted throughout the district or state. As a dedicated citizen activist not afraid to speak for his neighbors and grass root associations at county commission and school board meetings about our guaranteed rights, governmental overreach, and lack of fiscal stewardship of public monies, he wants to serve and deserves to be at political forums and on a ballot along with republicans and democrats.
Your person chooses not to follow the odor of the big two and aligns with a third party or wants to demonstrate his independence. However, our laws are written and intended to keep him from the entire election process.
Fair ballot access bills have been before our legislature only to be quietly stuffed into the nearest garbage can.
The Alabama Libertarian Party, Constitution Party of Alabama, Our America Initiative, and LetBamaVote are hosting a third party petition drive to open Alabama to the best candidates for office,
December, 2014. Our America Initiative supports ABLE (Alabama for Ballot Access Law Equality), a coalition of groups and individuals seeking an end to unfair signature requirements for candidates running outside the establishment parties. This year Alabama was one of only four states in which voters could choose only between Democrats and Republicans for statewide office. Third party presidential candidates could appear on the ballot only as "independents", forbidden from choosing their preferred party label such as Green or Libertarian. Failure to earn 20% of the vote requires the gathering for the next election of signatures equal to 3% of the vote for Governor - that's around 40,000 valid signatures statewide, around 6,000 valid signatures for a Congressional race, and around 400 valid signatures for a State House district. This signature threshold is the second highest in the country for statewide office. The good news is over half the states have eased ballot access over the past few decades. Nearby states including Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida have some of the easiest ballot access laws in the country. With 60% of voters wanting a third party, it's clear why Republicans and Democrats are facing opposition to maintaining their barriers against election competition. Unfortunately, with a lawsuit recently dismissed alleging how burdensome Alabama's signature requirements are, we urge Alabamans to em ail their senator and representative to pass Senator Ward's pending bill to halve the signature requirements to 1.5% of the gubernatorial vote. And we hope everyone donates to Our America Initiative's national lawsuit to open the debates to all viable candidates.