The bill says that if a party is ballot-qualified for statewide office, then it is automatically qualified for all partisan office.
Independent Politicians articles on Democracy Chronicles
Independent politicians are not connected to a political party. Washington was the only American president elected as an independent, being not formally affiliated with any party. Also see Third Party Central.
Newsgrowl has this comprehensive article about the Georgia ballot access laws for minor party and independent candidates, how they came into existence.
A billionaire who made his fortune selling cups of coffee is stirring the political pot as he contemplates an independent run for U.S. president.
The most fundamental reason that voters cannot elect officials who will represent them is that political parties dictate the voter’s options. George Washington warned us of the danger of factions in his Farewell Address.
Why is our political infrastructure a shambles that produces so few trustworthy candidates for public office? The answer lays in the foundation of democracy and the edifice we’ve built on that foundation.
Incoming younger generation of lawmakers — including a record number of women — arriving flush with victory and optimism prepare for life in congress.
It makes no sense at all for states to be registering people to vote online, but then not using that same system to make it easy for voters to sign ballot access petitions.
Given our candidate-centric culture, how do parties continue to provide value to their candidates? What will their role be in the future of politics?
States need merely take the inexpensive step of creating an e-signing page that only registered voters can use, with a dashboard showing how many signatures each candidate has at any given time.
There are so many ways in which a state can make it easy to sign and help someone get on the ballot. For instance, states could let disabled candidates collect their signatures with the absentee ballots.