- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona write-in candidates in some political parties are facing more difficulty than others getting onto the November ballot, the Arizona Capitol Time reported (https://bit.ly/1qkZXZ4 ).

Several candidates across the state successfully ran unopposed as write-ins in the August primary. For smaller parties such as Americans Elect, all it took was one vote.

Americans Elect, which is not qualified for continued ballot access in 2016, is dictated by a state law that requires write-ins need only their own write-in vote to move on from the primary election. Suzie Easter, who is campaigning in the November election for the House seat in Arizona Legislative District 22, secured a spot on the ballot just with four votes. Besides her own vote, she had three family members write her in just in case. According to elections data, three other write-in candidates have taken advantage of the same loophole.

The Libertarian Party, however, must follow the same ballot requirements as the Republican and Democratic parties. According to election rules, candidates need a number of write-in votes equal to one-half of 1 percent of the number of registered voters in their party. Republican and Democratic write-ins would clearly need a lot more votes. But Libertarians can accept signatures and votes from registered independents. Some had argued that gives write-in Libertarians an unfair edge.

Some Republicans blamed Libertarian candidates for contributing to defeats in three state congressional district races in 2012. Republican lawmakers passed legislation in 2013 that would have increased the number of signatures required for all third-party candidates. Outrage from several political groups led to its repeal this year.

Four Republican write-in candidates are campaigning for open Senate and House seats in Democratic-leaning districts.

Terry Rapp, chairman of the Legislative District 27 Republican Party, said the candidates don’t have any illusions they will win. But it’s crucial to have Republican options on the ballot, he said.


Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, https://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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