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Ballot Access Summary

Ballot Access News has some of the best information on ballot access. And, its editor/publisher Richard Winger is often very helpful with questions. The answers to all your ballot access questions can probably be found there.

That said, in a different place, I just stumbled across a very enlightening chart about ballot access for the presidential. You should definitely look up where your state is at. If it is not easy, then, try to fix it! (Probably for 2012!)

Also, take pity on your favorite major party insurgent, independent and/or third party candidates trying to organize in those states. Help, support, give money!

Found this chart on the web-site of the Socialist Party USA candidate for President: Brian Moore. http://www.votebrianmoore.com Thanks for the great work and sharing!

Summary of Ballot Access Requirements for Presidential Race 2008:

Easiest States to Access Ballot Status:

New Jersey—800
Louisiana—-$500 fee & 12 party electors
South Carolina—10,000 /or minor party
Vermont—1,000 /or-minor party
Arkansas—1,000 (Gov. M. Huckabee)
Florida—paper work, SP electors
Rhode Island—1,000
Tennessee—25 electors (Ex-Sen. F. Thompson)
Washington—1,000 (convention with 1,000 attendees)
Ohio—5,000–attorney challenge (Cong. D. Kucinich)
California—Peace & Freedom Party
Colorado—$500 fee (Cong. T. Tancredo)

More Difficult States to Access:

Alaska—3,128 (Ex-Sen. M. Gravell)
Wash. DC—3,900
Conn.—7,500 (Ex-Sen. C. Dodd)
Delaware—290 party / 5,800 cand. (Sen. J. Biden)
No. Dakota–4,000
So. Dakota—3,356
Virginia —10,000
New York—15,000 (Sen. H. Clinton & May. R. Giuliani)

Extremely Difficult States to Access:

Texas—74,101 (Cong. R. Paul)
Pennsylvania—27,000 estimated
Illinois—25,000 (Sens B. Obama & H. Clinton)
Maryland—32,500 estimated
Massachusetts—10,000 (Gov. M. Romney)
New Mexico—16,764 (Gov. B. Richardson)
West Virginia—15,118
Arizona—21,500 estimated (Sen. John McCain)
North Carolina—69,734

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