On February 6, the California Secretary of State determined which presidential candidates will be listed on the various presidential primary ballots. Ever since 1976, it has been a California tradition that the Secretary of State lists any presidential candidates in minor party presidential primaries who have been suggested by party leaders. The law itself, however, tells the Secretary of State to list candidates who are discussed in the news media.
For 2012, for the first time, a California Secretary of State has made her own independent evaluation of which minor party candidates are discussed in the news media. She has therefore listed some candidates who were not suggested by minor party leaders, and deleted some candidates who were suggested.
The Libertarian Party’s list of nine candidates was not altered. The Green Party had suggested only Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay, but the Secretary of State added Roseanne Barr.
The Peace & Freedom Party had listed four candidates, but the Secretary of State only listed two of them, Rocky Anderson and Stewart Alexander. She deleted the presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Peta Lindsay, and the presidential candidate of the Freedom Socialist Party, Stephen Durham, probably because neither one of them has filed with the FEC or otherwise obtained much publicity.
The American Independent Party had listed fourteen candidates, but the Secretary of State will list only Ed Noonan, Max Riekse, and Laurie Roth.
The Republican Party ballot will include Newt Gingrich, Fred Karger, Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. The Democratic ballot will only include President Obama.
Candidates may still withdraw, and there is a possibility that Rocky Anderson will withdraw from the Peace & Freedom primary ballot, because he is more interested in promoting his Justice Party. The California law provides a petition procedure for candidates who were not listed to obtain a place on the presidential primary ballot, which requires a petition of 1% of any party’s registered voters. Thanks to Mark Seidenberg for this news. UPDATE: here is the list, from the Secretary of State’s web page. It includes addresses for each candidate.