Friday, October 03, 2008

Update: What percentage of voters can vote for what percentage of candidates?

IPR previously reported that Ralph Nader would be an option on the ballot for 85.2% of voters and Cynthia McKinney will be on the ballot before 70.5% of voters. Now, because of a series of updates at Ballot Access News, we can bring you a more complete picture of national ballot access. These numbers are based on voter turnout in the 2004 election, meaning that they will differ from the actual percentages. However, this is the closest estimate available.

Chuck Baldwin will be on the ballot “in states that cast 59.8% of the presidential vote in 2004.” Unfortunately, this is down from 66.4% for the Constitution Party nominee in 2004.

Alan Keyes, the America’s Independent Party nominee for president, will be an option for 18.1% of voters even though he’s only on the ballot in three states. Those states include some very heavily populated ones - they are California, Florida, and Colorado.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation’s candidate, Gloria La Riva, will be in front of 26.8% of voters, on twelve different state ballots. She is the party’s first presidential nominee.

The Prohibition Party is doing the best it has done since 1976. Their presidential nominee Gene Amondson will be on the ballot before 9.6% of voters.

Other candidates:

Socialist Workers (Roger Calero): Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington.

Socialist (Brian Moore): Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

The Boston Tea Party’s presidential candidate (Charles Jay) is on the ballot in Colorado, Florida, and Tennessee.

Ron Paul is on the ballot in Louisiana (Louisiana Taxpayers) and Montana (Constitution).

The Objectivist Party (Thomas Stevens) is now on in Colorado and Florida.

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