Thursday, February 07, 2008


Looking at some of the other party races in California

You can access these maps yourself at the Secretary of State site. Click on any county for the stats.

Check out how badly Romney got romped. He took three counties, although some others were pretty close. Got creamed in the urban areas.

Ron Paul got 525 votes in Humboldt County. Every one of them must have had a yard sign.

The toughest race was in the American Independent Party where it was virtually a three way tie, even splitting up the north coast counties three ways. Looks like their female candidate took the urban areas. It's not surprising that she didn't take many rural areas since there is a contingent of the party which doesn't believe women should vote, let alone run.

Don Grundman, the winner, took Humboldt County, the valley, and most of Southern California, but most of the counties look pretty close.

And collectively they drew over 500 votes in San Francisco! That's about twice what I remember in the 1990s.

The Green election was a blow-out win for Ralph Nader. Apparently they'll never give up on him, because after all he does so well every election - for the past 12 years.

Looking at the map, every county went to Nader except for one small dot. San Francisco went to Cynthia McKinney. Interesting that there's such a Green Party consensus for the white male, who hasn't even committed to a run yet. Maybe there's a reason so few nonwhite voters opt Green.

Humboldt County was a solid Nader county.

On to the Peace and Freedom Party
and the winner is..... Nader again! It was a little closer however. In Imperial County, Tianamen massacre apologist Gloria LaRiva won the day with three votes, each of her opponents receiving only two.

Cynthia McKinney is also on the P&F ticket, and she took Trinity County!

In Sutter County Brian Moore won the county with 3 votes to 0 for all of his opponents. I figure his base of support was him, his campaign manager, and his mother. What I don't understand is how only 3 votes were counted, he got them all, yet he only had 50.1 percent of the vote. And to what integer is 3 50.1 percent of?

Lastly, there are the Libertarians. Once again, Imperial County shows its maverick tendencies with an 8 vote win for somebody named Wayne Root, who also took Kings County in a 7 vote tie with the winner, Christine Smith.
Meanwhile Del Norte bucked the trends providing the sole win to Barry Hess, garnering a 4 to 2 win over his nearest rival.

Instant run-off anybody?

I guess if the county is blank it means there were no votes?
Man! Look at all those pretty colored Californias.
So I just hope that the SuperHappy Party received enough votes to continue party status.Although the party status requirement may be only contingent with the general election,anyone know?
Alas! I am sorry to say that the very tolerant state of California does not recognize the SuperHappy Party.
Whatever happened to the Reform and Natural Law parties?
To become a recognized political party in California, I believe there's a couple things you have to do. Either of them would qualify the party by itself.

I might not be quite right on this as I forget the exact details, but it's something along this line:

First option is to have a certain percentage of registered voters out of the total registered voters in the state based on some standard that escapes me now. Heck, it doesn't escape me, I never could remember it for more than an hour after someone reminded me of it.

Second, is to have a party's statewide candidate (Governor, U.S. Senator, Insurance Commissioner, etc.) receive something like 1% of the total votes received for that office during a primary election. I believe that means 1% of ALL the candidates for that position's votes. It might even mean votes received by ALL statewide candidates.

So, total up all the parties votes that had a candidate in that primary election. If any of your candidates get 1%, you qualify as a political party recognized by the Secretary of State's office.

I might be wrong on the exact details on either of those qualifications but, as I said earlier, it's something like that.

The Natural Law Party switched over to the Green Party a few years ago, if memory serves me correct.

Not sure about the Reform Party.

Peace and Freedom Party lost ballot status a couple elections ago because they didn't get enough votes in the primary election and never had enough registered voters. They gained it back next time primary due to a real low turnout in the primary. Less people voting gave their candidates the edge they needed to make their 1%. Enough of their people showed up, not enough of everyone else's.

The Libertarian Party has been too close for comfort to losing ballot status for some time, as far as I'm concerned. I think last I looked we were about 10 or 20,000 over what we needed. I suspect that's gotten worse since I was last paying attention to it. Some in the party hierarchy blow it off by saying we always have at least one candidate for statewide office that gets the 1%. That's little comfort to me.
Just checked the Secretary of State's web page and couldn't find anything about qualifying political parties. Seems to me they used to have something on the subject there.

They do have lists of qualified political parties and those attempting to qualify. The Reform Party is not qualified in California but is trying to qualify, amazing as that seems, at least to me.

Reform Party was all about Perot. He's out of the picture now. Why bother?
It was about Pat Buchanan in 1996.

Thanks for the explanation of Fred!
I think the counselor's point is that third parties are a waste of time. He's probably on the DNC payroll.
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