"Alabama must allow minor parties on ballot"
Richard Rutledge writes in an op-ed in the Birmingham News: On June 1, 2011, Alabama House Bill 425 was signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley. The law moved the Alabama primary date from June to the second Tuesday in March.
The change also moved the petition deadline for newly qualifying parties and nonpresidential independent candidates to the same date. The new law effectively made qualifying as a non-Republican or non-Democrat in 2012 much harder in a state that already ranks dead last in many categories pertaining to ballot access.
The bottom line: If you wish to run as an independent presidential candidate in Alabama in 2012 under this new law, you have to produce just 5,000 signatures on a petition by Aug. 30 to qualify. However, if you choose to run for president under the banner of a minor party or for any state office on anything other than the GOP or Democratic Party ticket, you must produce a whopping 45,000 signatures of registered voters in this state by the primary date.
This is simply unacceptable and must be challenged. -- Read the whole column --> MY VIEW, Richard Rutledge: Alabama must allow minor parties on ballot | al.com