Florida voters will have LOTS of choices in November

Tampabay.com in St. Petersburg reports that the Florida ballot is going to look like a phone book:

Ralph Nader is on the Florida presidential ballot, along with other semi-big names like the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney, and the American Independent Party’s Alan Keyes. Because it’s easier to be a minor party candidate in Florida than an independent, Nader is the nominee of the Ecology Party, formed in 2007 by his backers.

Here are the presidential candidates on the Florida ballot in order of how they’ll be listed (minor parties are listed in order of when they submitted their paperwork):

McCain and Palin (Republican Party); Obama and Joe Biden (Democratic Party); Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear (Socialism and Liberation); Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle (Constitution Party of Florida); Gene Amondson and Leroy Pletten (Prohibition Party); Barr and Wayne A. Root (Libertarian); Thomas Robert Stevens and Alden Link (Objectivist); James Harris and Alyson Kennedy (Socialist Workers); McKinney and Rosa Clemente (Green); Keyes and Brian Rohrbough (America’s Independent Party); Nader and Matt Gonzalez (Ecology); Brian Moore and Stewart Alexander (Socialist); Charles Jay and John Wayne Smith (Boston Tea Party); Gary Nettles and Brad Krones (Write-in).

What, has Mike Gravel given up?

5 Responses to “Florida voters will have LOTS of choices in November”

  1. Free Al. Says:

    As a proud Floridian, I’m glad to see my state is relativly sensible when it comes to ballot access. Far too many other states treat more choices like a bad thing. I just wish McCain and Obama didn’t have automatic rights to the top two spots. Maybe if voters had to look for them among the candidates, instead of automatically picking one of the top two, they might become interested in third parties.

  2. Eric Says:

    How did Imperato not make the ballot? Wasn’t he running the penultimate ‘Independent” campaign? And isn’t he from Florida?

  3. Peter M. Says:

    If I remember correctly from their presidential election, France randomises the order which the candidates appear on the ballot for each election. I think that’d be a good system for the US.

  4. Lois Nigam Says:

    Too many candidates.

    Too much chaos.

    Yes we need Green Party candidate on the ballot.

    Yes Libertarian.

    Yes Independent Green Constitution.

    Florida needs slight more strict requirements.

    The Three major minor parties are enough.

  5. David Gaines Says:

    The number of candidates on any given state’s ballot (New Jersey’s and Colorado’s are usually chock full as well) rarely produces problems - it’s the way the ballots are designed, witness Florida 2000. New Jersey, for example, has had lots and lots of presidential candidates on their ballot for decades and it doesn’t seem to be a problem for anybody (well, for anybody who doesn’t think small, radical, parties ought to have a chance like everyone else).

    Other countries with far less sophisticated electoral cultures and voting technology than we have somehow manage to stumble through election after election with in some cases a couple of dozen parties on their ballots. For some reason a lot of Americans absolutely freak out at the prospect of seeing a ballot with more than 3 or 4.

    Except when it comes to the two major parties’ primaries, of course. They’ll fill the stage with everyone who’s running, even if they’re not even registering in the polls. The Democrats crammed ten people on their debate stages last winter and spring, remember? So what’s the problem with having 4 or 5 on a general election debate, or having 10 or 11 appearing on a ballot on election day?

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