Free the Ballot


Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) introduces a bill, H.R. 1941, to normalize ballot access requirements across the states. (And yes, he's found explicit constitutional authorization for the federal Congress to take such an action.) While his mini-speech introducing it before the House refers to Ralph Nader's problems with getting on the ballot for president, the bill itself applies only to federal House of Representatives elections. If passed, it would allow you to get on any ballot for such an election with just 1,000 signatures of registered voters, or people eligible to vote if "the State in which the district is located does not provide for voter registration." (Anyone know what states those might be?)