Rules and requirements of political parties – Ballotpedia News


Welcome to the Brew on Tuesday October 12th.

By: Doug Kronaizl

Here’s what to expect at the start of your day:

  1. What does it take to create a political party?
  2. Card of the week: statewide primaries by month in 2022
  3. Who supports, opposes the action to staff and police the police in Austin, Texas?

What does it take to found a political party?

October 5, Andrew Yang, a former Democratic candidate for mayor of New York and president of the United States, has announced that he is no longer registered as a Democrat and will form the Forward Party.

According to its website, the Forward Party is “a PAC that plans to increase its support, then ask the FEC to be recognized as a political party when we meet the conditions, including operating in multiple states, supporting candidates. , register volunteers around the country and other party activities.

In order to qualify for the placement of the ballots, the front party will need to meet certain requirements which vary from state to state. Let’s look at three:

  • In Colorado, there are three types of political entities: qualified political organizations (OPQ), minor parties and major parties. Groups must start as a QPO, which involves filing with the state and holding annual meetings to elect leaders and select candidates, at least one of whom must be certified for the general election ballot every two years. years. A QPO can become a minor party if one of its candidates obtains at least five percent of the vote in a statewide election, if at least 1,000 voters register or if it submits the signatures of 10,000 registered voters. QPOs or minor parties become major parties if a candidate obtains at least 10 percent of the total votes cast in an election for governor.
  • In Texas, a group can form a political party by submitting organizational documents such as regulations, candidate selection methods and a list of leaders to the Secretary of State.
  • In new York, a political party is defined as any political organization whose candidate for governor in the last previous election received at least 130,000 votes or two percent of all votes cast for the office, whichever is greater. According to this metric, a group cannot request party status before election, but must instead nominate a candidate for governor through the independent nomination process, and then receive the required number of votes.

The number of nationally qualified political parties changes as parties gain or lose qualified status. As of November 2020, there were 47 unique individual parties across the country with 225 affiliates of qualified state-level political parties across the country. This means that certain parties are recognized in more than one state. For example, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are recognized in all 50 states and Washington, DC. These two parties represent 102 of the 225 parties at state level. Three minor parties were recognized in more than 10 states in November 2020:

  • Libertarian Party: 35 states
  • Green Party: 22 states
  • Constitution Party: 15 States

In addition, some states distinguish between large parties and small parties. The specific differences between large and small parties differ from state to state. For example, in all states, the main parties have access to primary elections. Some states, however, do not allow minor parties to participate in primary elections. Therefore, candidates of minor parties in these states can only stand for general elections.

These are just a few of the rules and regulations that Yang’s new forward group will have to follow as the PAC begins to work for party recognition.

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Card of the week: statewide primaries by month in 2022

The 2022 primary election cycle will begin in March 2022 in two states: North Carolina and Texas. Voters use primary elections to select candidates who then qualify for general elections. In most states, primaries are partisan, meaning voters in one party choose their party’s candidate while voters in another party choose theirs in their own separate primaries.

Here’s a look at when states will hold primaries in 2022 by month:

  • June: 18 states
  • August: 14 states
  • May: 11 states
  • September: 4 states
  • March: 2 states

One state, Louisiana, technically holds its primary in November with all candidates, regardless of political affiliation, running on the same ballot. If a candidate obtains more than 50% of the vote, he or she wins straight away, but if not, the race passes to a second round in December between the first two voters.

Not all of the election dates listed above are set in stone. States can choose to rearrange their election calendars from previous election cycles as 2022 approaches.

Other problems can also cause a change. For example, in Texas, lawmakers have already approved a bill that would allow the state to move its primary date if new clipping cards are not selected by a certain deadline. The state will retain its place as having the first primary elections – March 1 – only if a redistribution plan is adopted by November 15 at the latest. If the plan arrives later than that, the primaries would be moved to April 5 or May 24.

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Who supports, opposes the action to staff and police the police in Austin, Texas?

Voters in Austin, Texas will decide Proposal A November 2. The citizens’ initiative would establish a minimum police force requirement of two police officers per 1,000 city residents. It would also require an additional 40 hours of training for officers each year and provide police officers with salary increases for their proficiency in languages ​​other than English and recognition for their honorable conduct.

Two groups – Save Austin Now and No Way on A – have organized themselves as the main supporters and opponents of the measure, respectively.


Save Austin Now was co-founded by Matt Mackowiak, chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, and includes Ken Casady, chairman of the Austin Police Association, as a board member.

The group raised $ 2.0 million until the end of September and spent around $ 1.8 million, leaving them around $ 200,000 in cash.

Major donors included Charles Maund Toyota, a local car dealership, who donated $ 100,000. Danielle Royston, telecommunications executive, donated $ 98,000 and Joe Liemandt, software executive, donated $ 75,000.

Save Austin Now also sponsored the measure prohibiting camping in public places that Austin voters approved on May 1, 2021.


No Way on A is funded by Equity PAC. The group launched in early September and has brought in at least $ 860,000 raised through the end of the month.

The Open Society Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded and chaired by investor George Soros, donated $ 500,000 to the campaign on September 27. The nonprofit organization also donated $ 500,000 to support Minneapolis question 2, a move on that city’s Nov. 2 poll to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Public Safety Department.

The campaign also reported a contribution of $ 200,000 from Equity project, a nonprofit that has supported minimum wage, paid vacation, and Medicaid expansion initiatives in at least a dozen states since 2016.

Other opponents of Proposition A include the mayor of Austin Stephane Adler (D), Travis County Democratic Party, Austin Firefighters Association and Black Lives Matter Austin.

Austin voters will also decide on Proposal B in the Nov. 2 poll, which involves the city selling or leasing nine acres of parkland in a public tender process.

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