Peace & Freedom Party working to get on Florida ballot

For much of the 20th Century, Florida was one of the hardest states in the nation to gain ballot access for a third party. But that changed dramatically after voters approved a ballot measure known as Amendment 11 in 1988.

But after some abuses of the process, Governor Rick Scott signed the now infamous elections bill HB 1355. In addition to the provisions widely known (such as reducing the days of early voting allowed), the bill also tightened third-party ballot access.

It said that if a party is ballot-qualified in Florida, but is not recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a "national committee", it can’t put a presidential candidate on the ballot without a petition, signed by 4% of the last vote cast for President.

Darcy Richardson says once the Peace & Freedom Party is recognized as an official third party in Florida, he can go ahead and register the 29 presidential electors as members so he can file that information to the governor's office as well.

"We're already talking to a number of people who will run as electors people once we qualify the party," Richardson says, adding that the only tricky issue is getting them to be able to change their party affiliation to the Peace and Freedom Party. He filed papers with the state's Division of Elections office this past Wednesday.

Roseanne Barr's running mate is peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against San Francisco based Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi back in 2008.

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson won the Peace & Freedom Party primary in June, but dropped out of the race, saying that the celebrity factor with Barr & Sheehan, they would be chosen as the party's nominees.

Anderson is now the nominee of the Justice Party, which has local officials also scrambling to try to get access by September.

A phone call to the state's Division of Elections office was not returned by the time we posted this article.

  • Roseanne Barr

Did you know that Roseanne Barr is running for president this fall?

The comedienne and television personality has been nominated to run for the highest office in the land as the nominee for the Peace & Freedom Party, whose most famous presidential candidate was probably Dr. Benjamin Spock in 1968. But the party only has ballot access currently in California, limiting what would be considered a mostly symbolic candidacy in the best of times to an afterthought in any discussion about third party candidates this time around.

But there is a movement to try to get Barr on the ballot here in Florida. That will happen once the Peace & Freedom Party gets listed with the Florida Division of Elections office as a viable third party - which would have to occur by law by September 1.

Jacksonville resident Darcy Richardson is leading the effort to get the party on the Florida ballot for this November's election. He's part of an executive committee working to get the paperwork required for a third party out to the Secretary of State's office this week.

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