Florida presidential ballot update: Roseanne Barr is on it, Socialist Workers Party nominee is not

The state Division of Elections announced that the SWP's ticket for James Harris and Alyson Kennedy would not be on this year's ballot, even though it made the ballot in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Naomi Craine, the party's nominee running for U.S. Senate, has qualified to be on the Florida ballot this fall.

In an e-mail to supporters, Craine wrote that the the Division of Elections' rejection is, "an attack on the democratic right of working people in this state to vote for the working-class, labor, socialist alternative in 2012."

The controversial elections law passed last year by the Florida Legislature narrowed the definition of a "national political party" to one that is registered with the Federal Elections Commission as a "national committee."

Craine wrote that, "on the basis of this technicality, the State claims our candidates are not qualified, despite the SWP’s decades-long record as a national political party contending in the presidential, state, and local elections. Our campaign opposes these undemocratic restrictions, which unjustly limit the possibilities for working-class campaigns such as ours to be heard."

The Socialist Workers Party's presidential ticket has made it on the ballot of seven states, including Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Washington and New York.

(Update: The original title of this post was incorrectly listed. While the Socialist Workers Party candidate did not make the ballot, the Socialist Party's candidate, Stewart Alexander, is on the ballot. Cl regrets the error).

(Update)Before life became extremely loud and incredibly close when the Republicans invaded Tampa last month, CL reported on the push to get the Peace and Freedom Party presidential ticket on the November ballot.

Though we're slightly behind the curve, we can report that it was a success and Floridians will now have the option of voting for comedienne/activist/progressive Roseanne Barr, and peace activist Cindy Sheehan
(Update:For "personal and health reason," Sheehan announced last week she was withdrawing from active participation in the campaign. However, her name remains on the ballot in Florida).

The key aspects of Barr's platform include making cannabis and same sex marriage legal, and forgiving student loans.

Meanwhile, another far-left presidential ticket that tried to make it on Florida's presidential ballot — the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) — was rejected last week.


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