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Beyond Trump and Clinton

Beyond Trump and Clinton

Utah residents who are unenamoured with presidential candidates Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will have plenty of options to pick someone else on Election Day.

Aside from the two major party candidates, at least a dozen other names will show up on Utah ballots this Nov. 8, according to candidate information posted by the state elections office.

Normally a shoo-in for Republican candidates, Utah has seen more attention as a potential swing state this year after early summer polls showed Clinton and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson running close behind Trump.

More recent polling has shown Trump increasing his lead, including a 15-point advantage in a Public Policy Polling release from last week, but his 39-percent figure in that poll shows significant change for a state that gave Republican Mitt Romney 73 percent of the vote four years ago.

Despite a majority of state political leaders saying they’ll back Trump in order to avoid Clinton, the GOP candidate’s relative lack of popularity has third party and independents hopeful.

The same thinking has Democrats feeling optimistic as well.

Zachary Almaguer, chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, said he expects some Republican voters to shy away from Trump, potentially making people consider choices down-ballot that they haven’t traditionally.

In Washington County, nearly half of 2014’s voters (46 percent) voted straight-party ticket, and there were more Republican straight-ticket votes (10,667) than the total number of votes any Democratic candidates were able to garner, according to county election records.

Democrats still face an uphill battle, especially in southwest Utah, but the dynamics of this race, especially with so many third-party and independent candidates available, are very different, Almaguer said.


“I see that as an advantage because that only means more options not to vote for Donald Trump,” he said.

At the same time, Clinton remains deeply unpopular as well, and the Public Policy Polling figures from last week showed her at only 24 percent.

State Republican leaders have been urging voters to get behind Trump, if only to deny Clinton.

Attorney General Sean Reyes, himself facing a reelection challenge from Democrat Jon Harper and Libertarian Andrew McCullough, has been adamantly campaigning for Trump because he says it could prevent a more liberal-minded Supreme Court.

“I get that he’s not the perfect candidate, but you have to ask yourself, in terms of the Supreme Court, in terms of other things that are important to you as a conservative, can you really stomach a Hillary Clinton administration?” Reyes said.

The unpopularity of the two major party candidates also has election officials wondering if voters might stay away from the ballot booth altogether, which could be troubling given Utah’s recent history.

Voter participation has trended downward since the 1970s throughout much of the country, but especially in Utah, which ranked in the nation’s top 10 for turnout as late as the 1980s but now typically ranks near the bottom.

Utah is rarely a swing state, and political observers say the heavy Republican advantage makes some voters feel as if their votes won’t affect the outcome. In addition, Utah is the nation’s youngest state, with a median age of just 29, and younger people tend to vote less than older generations.

However, research indicates that Utah doesn’t fare well even compared to states that face similar demographic challenges.

The state finished second-to-last by number of residents who registered to vote in 2012, and finished third-to-last in voter turnout in 2010. Only Idaho voters contribute less money to political campaigns, per capita.

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Third parties and independents

Utah voters will have at least a dozen presidential candidates to choose from besides Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton this November. An Associated Press compiling of the candidates who have filed so far shows some of the alternatives:


A businessman who served two terms as the Republican governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president and may be best known for his years-long advocacy to legalize marijuana. He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee in 2012. His campaign is based in Salt Lake City.



Evan McMullin of Provo is a former congressional staffer and CIA officer who recently jumped into the race as an unaffiliated candidate. He’s only on the ballot in Utah and a few other states but says he’s a conservative who offers an alternative to disaffected voters who don’t want to back Clinton or Trump.



Darrell Castle is a Tennessee attorney who represents the conservative Constitution Party. His anti-abortion stance calls on Congress to remove the Supreme Court’s ability to rule on abortion cases and for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations.



A Wal-Mart employee from Chicago, Alyson Kennedy is a candidate for the Socialist Workers Party and advocates for a $15 an hour minimum wage. Kennedy is a former coal miner who lived in Utah for four years and joined a protest this year in the state against the fatal shooting by Oregon state police of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, an Arizona rancher involved in the armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge.



Jill Stein is the Green Party nominee, a role she also held in 2012. Stein is a medical doctor who ran against Mitt Romney in the 2002 race for governor of Massachusetts. Stein is calling for efforts to stop climate change, hydraulic fracturing, offshore drilling and uranium mining. She also wants forgiveness of student debt.



Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a real estate developer, is an unaffiliated candidate on Utah’s ballot. In other states, he’s running for president with the American Delta Party and the Reform Party.

He wants all U.S. students to have access to free, online college education.

In Florida, he’s one of five candidates vying to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.



Monica Moorehead of New York is the Workers World Party candidate for president. She is the managing editor of the left-leaning newspaper Workers World and was also the party’s candidate in 2000 and 1996. Moorhead’s campaign platform calls for the end of capitalism, a stop to deportations of those in the country illegally and affordable housing.



So far, five people have filed as write-in candidates in Utah: Stephen Paul Parks, Emidio Soltysik, Jamin Burton, Cherunda Fox and Laurence Kotlikoff. Write-in candidates have until Sept. 9 to file their declaration.

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Author: David DeMille,
Publisher: The Associated Press
Date: August 27th, 2016

The Reform Partys History of Minority Candidates

For Immediate Release – In recent years, the Reform Party has worked to representing minorities by running minority candidates. Over the past years, with the support of minorities waning within the Republican Party, the Reform Party has made moves to capture disenfranchised minority voters. This is best illustrated by the current and past Presidential candidates of the Reform Party.

Andre Barnett was an African-American small business owner, and wounded veteran. During the 2012 Presidential campaign, he was endorsed by the Fredrick Douglass Foundation – a group that furthers the goals of black conservatives. As the party’s standard bearer, he worked to bring the Reform Party message to minority communities.

The Reform Party’s current Presidential candidate is Roque De La Fuente. De La Fuente is a Hispanic business owner with ties to minority communities across the country, and international business ties to Central and South America. During his campaign, he has been interviewed by numerous Spanish language media outlets, and built inroads for the party in Hispanic community.

The Reform Party has had a rich history with minority membership and advocacy. In 2004, the Reform Party’s Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, met with the Congressional Black Caucus. One of Ralph Nader’s running mates was American Indian Winona LaDuke. In 2000, Pat Buchanan’s running mate was Ezola Foster, a conservative African American woman.

It is possible to learn more about the Reform Party at or to email a representative at


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4 independents file for Idaho’s presidential ballot

4 independents file for Idaho’s presidential ballot

BOISE — Four independent candidates for president have filed to be on the ballot in Idaho this November.

Jill Stein, the Green Party’s standard bearer; Darrell Castle, who is the nominee of the national Constitution Party but doesn’t have its ballot line in Idaho; Evan McMullin, a conservative who announced his independent candidacy for president a little more than two weeks ago; and Rocky De La Fuente, a businessman who campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination, have all submitted the required paperwork to appear on the ballot as independents, according to the Idaho secretary of state’s office.

The deadline to file as an independent presidential candidate in Idaho was Thursday. The Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and the Constitution Party are recognized as parties in Idaho and have their own ballot lines, while independent and other minor-party candidates need to gather 1,000 signatures to qualify for the presidential ballot and appear on it as independents.

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party nominee, Donald Trump the Republican, Gary Johnson the Libertarian. Scott Copeland, who won the Idaho Constitution Party’s March presidential primary, has the party’s ballot line in Idaho in November.

Both of the major parties have also named the four electors who will, if they carry the state, cast their votes in the Electoral College. The Republicans electors will be Melinda Smyser, a former state senator from Canyon County; Jennifer Locke, a precinct committeewoman from Kootenai County; Caleb Lakey; and Layne Bangerter, a longtime staffer for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo who is Trump’s state campaign director. All four of them were Trump delegates (or alternates in Lakey’s case) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The Democrats have named former U.S. Rep. Larry LaRocco, of McCall; Jeanne Buell, a Kootenai County resident and former state party vice chairwoman; Wendy Jaquet, a Ketchum resident and longtime state House member; and Diane Bilyeu, a former state senator from Pocatello.

Idaho hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. The last statewide poll in mid-July showed Trump to be beating Clinton by almost 2-to-1, although only three-quarters of self-identified Democrats and Republicans said at that time that they planned to vote for their party’s nominees. Johnson pulled 5 percent support statewide in that poll, Stein, 3 percent.



NATHAN BROWN Aug 26, 2016

Trump makes Minnesota ballot at last minute

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Donald Trump will appear on the ballot in Minnesota, after a last-minute scramble by state Republicans who discovered Wednesday that their nominee was not yet on the ballot.

Spokesman: Filing is complete
By Tom LoBianco CNN

The party had until Monday to submit the names of 10 electors and 10 alternate electors — the people who will officially cast Minnesota’s votes for president — to the Secretary of State.

“We just received the last item. We were waiting for a pledge from one of the alternate electors. The filing is complete and the Republican ticket should be listed on our site shortly,” Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Furlong said in an email Thursday afternoon.

A sample ballot produced on the Secretary of State’s website Thursday morning showed third party candidate Evan McMullin and candidates for many other parties on the ballot, including former Democratic candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, now with the American Delta Party — but no Trump.

A request for comment from the Minnesota Republican Party was not immediately returned, nor was a request for comment from the Trump campaign was not immediately returned.

McMullin is mounting a third-party bid as a conservative, supported by anti-Trump Republicans.

Former Minnesota Republican operative Michael Brodkorb spotted the omission late Wednesday and detailed the problems in a series of tweets.

“Again: Process for Trump to be on MN ballot. #MNGOP didn’t officially elect alternate electors – trouble ahead? Yep.” Brodkorb tweeted early Thursday morning.

Brodkorb did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.


Author: Tom LoBianco, CNN
POSTED: 12:08 PM EDT Aug 25, 2016
UPDATED: 02:56 PM EDT Aug 25, 2016

Arkansas Tells Rocky De La Fuente He Can’t Be on Ballot Because He ran in Democratic Presidential Primary, Ignoring Arkansas 1992 Precedent

On August 9, 2016, Arkansas Director of Elections Leslie Bellamy wrote a letter to Rocky De La Fuente, saying Arkansas Code 7-7-204 states that “a person who files as a candidate for nomination by a political party shall not be eligible to be an independent candidate for the same office at the general election.”

However, this law was in the election code in 1992, and Arkansas let Lyndon LaRouche on the ballot as an independent candidate for President that year, even though he had run in the Arkansas Democratic presidential primary. LaRouche received 14,656 votes in the May 26, 1992 Arkansas Democratic primary. In November 1992 he received 830 votes as an independent presidential candidate in Arkansas.

The Arkansas “sore loser” law existed in 1992. It was then in section 3-105, and said, “A person who has been defeated in a party primary shall not be permitted to file as an independent candidate in the general election for the office for which he was defeated in a party primary.”

Furthermore, for Arkansas to ignore its 1992 precedent and apply the sore loser law to presidential candidates undermines the Arkansas rationale for not allowing write-in votes for President in the general election. Arkansas law 7-5-205 says, “Write-in candidates’ votes – when counted. No votes for write-in candidates in general elections shall be counted or tabulated unless the candidate or his agent shall notify in writing the county board of election commissioners and either the Secretary of State, if a state or district candidate, or a county clerk, if a candidate for a county or township office, of his intention to be a write-in candidate not later than 90 days before the election day.”

Despite that clear law, Arkansas for the last 15 years has interpreted the write-in filing law not to apply to presidential write-ins (even though presidential write-ins were tallied in 1972 for John Schmitz and in 1976 for Eugene McCarthy) because the write-in law is not incorporated into the chapter on presidential elections. But the “sore loser” law also isn’t inside the chapter on presidential elections. Under the Secretary of State’s interpretation of the write-in law, the “sore loser” law, which is also not inside the presidential chapter, doesn’t apply to presidential elections.


Posted on August 26, 2016 by Richard Winger

Voting for a third party candidate is not a wasted voted if you’re thinking about 2020

Voting for a third party candidate is not a wasted voted if you’re thinking about 2020

By Troy Carter Chronicle Staff Writer

We reported in this morning’s Chronicle that Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky De La Fuente of the Delta Party had qualified as minor party candidates for Montana’s presidential election.

On Facebook, several readers said that a vote for a third party candidate like Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was ill-advised.


Statistically, no single vote is meaningful. But that’s not what many of you said in response to the “wasted” commenters.


This wasted vote vs. two-party hegemony is an argument for the ages.

But I do want to point out a story by Harry Enten published this morning about Gary Johnson’s strength in the polls. It’s interesting because, Enten reports that the Libertarian is holding strong at 9 percent, apparently because the two major party candidates are unpopular.

It might be unlikely that Johnson will make a stunning surge and win the campaign, that’s for you the voters to decide, but Enten does point out that that if Johnson (or Stein) exceeds 5% of the total popular vote, their party qualifies for federal election funding up to $20 million in the next election. For comparison, Johnson has raised $3 million this year.

Minor party candidates and new party candidates may become eligible for partial public funding of their general election campaigns. (A minor party candidate is the nominee of a party whose candidate received between 5 and 25 percent of the total popular vote in the preceding Presidential election. A new party candidate is the nominee of a party that is neither a major party nor a minor party.) The amount of public funding to which a minor party candidate is entitled is based on the ratio of the party’s popular vote in the preceding Presidential election to the average popular vote of the two major party candidates in that election. A new party candidate receives partial public funding after the election if he/she receives 5 percent or more of the vote. The entitlement is based on the ratio of the new party candidate’s popular vote in the current election to the average popular vote of the two major party candidates in the election.

That amount of money would seriously boost a third party candidate’s profile, and likely lead to candidate inclusion in nationally-televised debates, which Johnson is fighting for right now.

That means, if 6.3 million people across the country “waste” their votes on Johnson, Stein, or De La Fuente, the 2020 election becomes a break-through year in the American two-party system.


Author: Troy Carter, Chronicle Staff Writer
Date: Aug 26, 2016

Rocky De La Fuente Sues South Dakota over Petition Validity

On August 24, Rocky De La Fuente filed a federal lawsuit against the South Dakota Secretary of State, over whether his independent presidential petition has enough valid signatures. The state said only 57% of his signatures are valid, which is unusually low in South Dakota, which has a high rate of voter registration.

The state did not check all the signatures; it relied on a random sample. The case is De La Fuente v Krebs, 3:16cv-3035. It is assigned to Judge Roberto Lange, an Obama appointee. The judge has already set a hearing date, Tuesday, August 30, at 1 p.m.


Posted on August 25, 2016 by Richard Winger

Montana adds Stein, De La Fuente to presidential ballot

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Secretary of State’s office says two more presidential candidates have qualified for November’s election ballot.

State officials said Thursday that supporters of Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky De La Fuente of the American Delta Party each turned in more than the 5,000 signatures required to place their candidates on the ballot.

Montana voters will be able to vote for Stein, De La Fuente, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican candidate Donald Trump or Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.


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