The Mountain Party drafted Senate Bill 733 to allow a party’s candidate for president to maintain a party’s ballot access if they receive 1% of the vote statewide. Currently, qualification only occurs with candidates for Governor.
Our bill has quad-partisan support. Senators Ihlenfeld (D) and Trump (R) are sponsoring the legislation, in addition with support from the Libertarian Party.
Our bill assists in offering uniformity to our nation’s ballot access standards. Bordering States of Maryland and Ohio allow candidates for President, in addition to Governor, to qualify for ballot access. Kentucky and Virginia allow other statewide offices to qualify, however objectively speaking, it is a lower standard than the office of President.
Our bill offers members of political parties a choice in which top-ticket elections they want their respective party to contest. Currently, minor parties are forced to run a candidate for Governor.
➢ adds “President or” before “Governor” in §3-1-8. It is a two-word change.
➢ does not affect minor parties’ ability to acquire ballot access via petitioning.
➢ does not affect major parties whose gubernatorial candidate obtained ≥10%.
➢ does not directly affect state or local government finances.
Tell the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Common Sense Ballot Access Reform!
Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Trump – Chair (Lead Bill Sponsor)
Senator Weld – Vice-Chair