Republicans in Ohio just passed a bill in the State Senate that would prevent most third parties from appearing on the ballot. From Reason:
A bill in Ohio that effectively derails any ongoing minor party campaigns and may have long-term repercussions for such parties was approved by the state senate last week. Libertarians and Greens in the state, who called the Republican-backed bill â€śThe John Kasich Protection Act,â€ť believe it is unconstitutional and are fighting to stop it.
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The Associated Press explained that S.B. 193, which heads to the Ohio House of Representatives this week, would require minor parties acquire â€śmore than 56,000 signatures using last year’s election numbers. To remain a qualified political party, groups must get 3 percent of the total votes cast in the following gubernatorial or presidential election.â€ť
With most states now using electronic voting machines, it’s still possible to enter a write-in candidate’s name, but the process certainly discourages it.
In the meantime, Republicans in Ohio are behaving badly if they think that this is the best way to secure future elections.
At the national level, Democrats, with the assistance of the NSA and the IRS, are working on ways to make sure that only their candidates appear on any ballot.
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