The Libertarian Party now has an automatic spot on the 2012 presidential ballot in 26 states. If it meets the vote tests in New York and/or Utah, that will go up to either 27 or 28. Four years ago at this time, the Libertarian Party had presidential ballot status in 24 states. The changes relative to mid-November 2006, and now, are: gains in Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ohio; and a loss in Wisconsin.
The Green Party now has an automatic spot on the 2012 presidential ballot in 14 states. Four years ago at this time, the Green Party had it in 18 states. The changes relative to mid-November 2006, and now, are: gains in New York, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia; and losses in Delaware, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
The Constitution Party now has an automatic spot on the 2012 presidential ballot in 12 states. Four years ago at this time, the Constitution Party had it in 13 states. Changes are: gains in Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and losses in California, Delaware, Montana, and Nebraska.
Parties with the name “Independent Party”, “Independence Party”, “Moderate Party”, “Reform Party”, or “Natural Law Party” are ballot-qualified for president in 2012 in these 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. This does not mean that these 13 state parties are necessarily associated with each other. They are all parties without a fixed ideology. The New Mexico Independent Party is still ballot-qualified for president because it met the vote test of one-half of 1% for President in 2008, and New Mexico gives parties that meet the vote test two elections. However, the New Mexico Independent Party appears to be defunct. The others are all functioning and had candidates on ballots in 2010.