If there is any issue that brings together Democrat and Republican legislators nearly 100% of the time, it is in writing legislation to stamp-out 3rd Party competition.
I would encourage all Americans to research and educate themselves on ballot access statutes and requirements in their state. Most people are shocked when they discover different rules for different parties or Independent candidates in order to get on the exact same ballot in their district or state. We don’t exactly have a good reputation here in South Dakota when it comes to ballot access issues. For instance, we are one of very few states in the nation that does not even allow Write-In candidates on our ballots.
In 2010, there were only 3 official parties recognized in our state: Republican, Democrat and Constitution Party. Yet because the rules for ballot access developed by both the 2 major parties required that the Constitution Party had to petition in order to place a gubernatorial candidate on the ballot and was only allowed to achieve this from its registered members. So it was not a matter of just getting any registered voters in the state to sign. The requirement meant that it had to get the equivalent of 80% of its members throughout the state to sign in order to offer a constitutionalist choice on the ballot for Governor of South Dakota. Although the party was prepared to take the matter all the way to the US Supreme Court in order to fight against unconstitutional state “laws” limiting our people’s choices in South Dakota, the case got stuck in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals where it remained until there was no need to rule as the election came and went without a response. Because the party was not able to get a gubernatorial candidate on the ballot, another work of art, piece of legislation mandated that the party subsequently loses its official status as a recognized party in our state. Do you think our Founding Fathers envisioned such practices as free and fair elections? I think not. In fact, they warned against the rise in power of political parties and actually referred to them as “factions”. I believe that is why there is absolutely no mention of any political party requirements to run for any office in our land in our US Constitution.
So on December 31, 2010, the Constitution Party of South Dakota lost its official status as a state party eventhough it has been a national party since 1992. Well, it is time to work on getting that back!
We are asking for your help in this petition endeavor. Any registered voter can sign this type of petition and we are launching the petition drive in full force. I am personally going to be helping in this effort throughout the Sioux Falls area and if anyone in our state would like to give us a helping hand, we would be most appreciative in their efforts. This is not about a party. This is about offering constitutionalist choices on our ballots in the future for the people of South Dakota. If the Democrats and Republicans have such superb candidates, then what do they have to fear from the good old-fashioned American principle of allowing competition? I say…..let the best person for the job win!
Please respond in the comments section if you would like to help with this endeavor in any part of our state. We need to collect a minimum of approximately 8,000 signatures.