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Florida Will Have 13 Presidential Candidates on Ballot

Published on September 3, 2008, by in General.

The Florida ballot will list thirteen presidential candidates, the most ever in Florida history. The previous high had been in 2000, when there had been ten. In 2004 there had been eight.

The thirteen include the six presidential candidates who are on the ballot in states containing a majority of the electoral votes. In addition, there are three socialists (James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party, Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Brian Moore of the Socialist Party).

Also on are the Prohibition Party and Alan Keyes’ America’s Independent Party. Finally there are two parties organized by dissident Libertarians, the Boston Tea Party, and the Objectivist Party. Their nominees are Charles Jay and Tom Stevens.

23 Responses

  1. Laine

    I know there was a convention of Nader’s Independent/Ecology Parties and they nominated Nader but there is nothing to show this on the votenader.org site. Do they still have yet to file with the Secretary of State in Florida?

  2. Mike Gillis

    No, they’ve filed and are listed on the SoS website.

  3. Jonathan

    Like Nader says the more voices the more choices the better.
    Thank G-d I live in Florida

  4. Rob Power

    So, which is more odd? That a member of the Libertarian Party’s Judicial Committee is running as another party’s candidate? Or that there are a few Libertarian National Committee members who STILL TO THIS DAY defend this Judicial Committee member’s decision to run as another party’s candidate? It’s clearly time for regime change on the LNC if they can’t get something even this obvious done right. It’s the whole Republican-on-the-Platform-Committee debacle all over again. Third parties who allow major party activists to take over leadership positions are doomed to fail.

  5. Rob, you forget to mention that this same candidate is also an NY elector for the Libertarian Party candidate. I think that goes a little further on the odd-o-meter.

  6. Richard

    Another odd thing is that McCain is the only presidential candidate expected to be on, who is not listed yet on the Fla. Sec. of State webpage.

  7. Mike Gillis

    Richard,

    Maybe they’re waiting for McCain to be formally nominated before listing him.

  8. TheOldCrocodile

    Unfortunately, the LP is splintering just like (if not as dramatically as) all the different Socialist type parties that have more in common than in difference. All that accomplishes is setting back progress, of course, but what can you do with vaunted egos?

  9. Uri

    Or maybe they’re acknowledging that he’s not constitutionally eligible. Someone ought to contest his nomination under Fla. Stat. 102.168.

  10. Mike Gillis

    Or… maybe because he has yet to be formally nominated.

  11. Well, McCain was formally nominated tonight.
    Ron Paul got 15 votes total (AK: 5, OR: 4, WA:4, WV: 2) and Mitt Romney got 2 votes from Utah, but at the end, they announced that Paul only got 5 votes.

  12. Jeff Becker

    What about the Reform Party? Isn’t the Ted Weill (Mississippi) /Frank McEnulty (California) RP ticket on the Florida ballot? Given how easy FL ballot access is, it would really surprise me if they are not. And the Reform Party is organized in at least two states, including Kansas (nominated Chuck Baldwin).

  13. Alex

    The Florida Reform Party, from a post a while ago, has chosen not to run a Presidential candidate.

  14. This is Imperato’s home state. Why isn’t he on the ballot in FL?

  15. Old Whig

    Old Croc

    The perfect is the enemy of the good.

    A very common problem in ideological politics.

    O.W.

  16. Mike Gillis

    “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

    I’ve always hated this statement, a favorite of major party supporters.

    Why doesn’t the good just get out of the perfect’s way?

  17. Demo Rep

    Any surviving butterfly ballots in Florida – to confuse the voters (and cause more court cases) ???

    How many pages for Prez/VP candidates in any Florida E-voting machines – to confuse the voters (and cause more court cases) ???

    I.E. What are the odds for another Bush v. Gore type FIASCO by the MORON regime in Florida ???

    When did making ballots and voting become such a big confusing deal for New Age MORONS in government regimes ???

    EQUAL nominating petitions for ALL candidates for the same office. Fewer FREAK candidates. Perfectly good.

  18. jake

    I’ve been told the Reform Party of Florida will not run the Weill/McEnulty Ticket. They were never that interested in running a presidential candidate in ’08 anyway. While the decision could be debated… I think we will all agree the Reform Party would have not come close to making a splash in this year and maybe not until 2016 at a national level so to me it’s their decision and no other reform party state member should really be that concerned with it.

    Florida though does deserve to get a round of applause for being so accessible.

  19. bolshevik-leninist

    The socialist parties do not have that much in common. The Socialism and Liberation Party and the Socialist Workers’ Party are totalitarian, the Socialist Party USA is not. The PSL also thinks the Soviet invasion of Hungry, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan, and Tianemmen Square were awesome. Why does everyone act like these parties are practically the same? It’s like saying the Republicans, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists are basically the same.

  20. Jim Riley

    Re: #17. In 2000, one county in Florida used ordinary paper ballots. They were also among the worst performers in terms of undervotes/overvotes.

  21. Phil Sawyer

    bolshevik-leninist Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:08 am
    The socialist parties do not have that much in common. The Socialism and Liberation Party and the Socialist Workers’ Party are totalitarian, the Socialist Party USA is not. The PSL also thinks the Soviet invasion of Hungry, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan, and Tianemmen Square were awesome. Why does everyone act like these parties are practically the same? It’s like saying the Republicans, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists are basically the same.

    Phil Sawyer responds:

    Well, Eric Dondero might say both!

  22. BBBOOOOOYYYAAAAHHHH!!!!

    Go Communists!
    Stalin has a nice ass.
    Screw Russia…

  23. I love <=================3!!!
    In my jewish ass.

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