How an Independent Can Achieve Equal Ballot Access

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

The two major parties have had a historical advantage over Independent candidates in terms of ballot access. Even if an independent candidate were to pursue a write-in strategy, they would automatically be 54 electoral votes behind in the race as nine states do not allow write-in voting. As a result, a write-in strategy is like starting the race having already lost California's electoral votes.

The fact of the matter is that there needs to be an infrastructure in place and that may seem unlikely to many. However, now that the country is seeking alternative or outsider candidates (such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders), there is a viable opportunity to balance the ballot.

If independent voters and organizations were to mobilize and collectively build their own primary process on a social media platform, they could also use that platform to organize ballot access for their winning independent candidate.

The Petition Process

Petitions to get independent candidates on the ballot are available in each state. As of 2016, it would require a total of 864,427 signatures nationwide for an independent candidate to have equal ballot access. Below is a breakdown of the signature requirement for each state according to

The fact is that the majority of registered voters identify as independent and the requirement is less than 1 million out of over 200 million registered voters. Even a moderate effort in each state from a national network of independents on a social media platform would make the requirements above an attainable goal.

The PurpleState™ initiative can be defined as a people-driven effort to establish a digital, multimedia platform designed to allow users to select or run as independent candidates.

If you support our initiative and want to get involved, go to our Get Involved page and find out more about how you can help.

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