Ballot Access

Many people assume third parties aren't successful because people don't support them. What they don't realize is that the Republicans and Democrats have engineered legislative obstacles for third party and independent candidates trying to get on the ballot.

Third party candidates are required to spend so much of their resources on ballot access, that little funds and time is left over for campaigning. Of course, that's the whole point of restrictive ballot access laws.

As then-Libertarian Party Chair Steve Dasbach pointed out, "a new party formed in the United States for the 1994 election needed to collect 3,501,629 valid petition signatures to run a full slate of state and federal candidates. By contrast, a new political party in Russia needs only 100,000 signatures to get on the ballot for all offices; and only 10,000 signatures are required in South Africa."