Tennessee Election Officials Preparing For Third Party Candidates

Jun 17, 2014

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Tennessee election officials are preparing to have candidates from the Green Party and the Constitution Party on the ballot in November.

In March, a federal judge ordered Tennessee officials to let members of the Green and Constitutional parties appear on the ballot this fall. The Tennessean newspaper reports that state attorneys have appealed, but no rulings have been handed down. 

Requirements to appear on the ballot vary. A candidate running for office as an independent needs 25 signatures to appear on election ballots. But nominees of organized political parties have to get signatures from 2.5% of the electorate and must win at least 5% of the statewide vote to stay on the ballot for future elections.