Candidate Appearance on Ballot

October 1, 2006

The right to vote is more valuable when citizens are able to vote for the candidate of their choice. The Brennan Center works to make this fundamental truth a reality. Through studying ballot access systems and producing publications such as Voter Choice 2000, and through litigation when necessary, the Center works to increase access to the ballot for third party and independent candidates. The Center has litigated cases in South Dakota and North Carolina in support of efforts by third party candidate Ralph Nader to gain access to these state ballots. Even within the major parties, insurgent candidates are sometimes denied ballot access, as was the case with John McCain in New York State who was placed on the ballot only after a successful Brennan Center lawsuit.

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