From the informative website, Ballot Access News, comes this ballot from Palm Beach County, Florida. The ballot, for the purposes of this website, contains all of the candidates who qualified for President in the state of Florida. As mentioned before on this blog, ballot access laws in the 50 states differ from state to state. In order to qualify as a candidate for President in Florida, a candidate must belong to a party that is recognized by the state. The qualification for candidacy is less stringent than in other states. Oklahoma for example with the toughest ballot access laws in the country, will only have two candidates for President on the ballot.
Here is the list of Presidential candidates and their Vice-Presidential selections as they are listed on the ballot in Florida.
Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan–Republican
Barack Obama/Joe Biden–Democrat
Thomas Robert Stevens/Alden Link–Objectivist
Gary Johnson/James P. Gray–Libertarian
Virgil H. Goode Jr./James N. Clymer–Constitution
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala–Green
Andre Barnett/Kenneth Cross–Reform
Stewart Alexander/Alex Mendoza–Socialist
Peta Lindsay/Yari Osorio–Party for Socialism and Liberation
Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan–Peace and Freedom Party
Tom Hoefling/Jonathan D. Ellis–American Independent Party
Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson/Luis J. Rodriquez–Justice Party
Should there be a limit to how many Presidential candidates qualify for a ballot? Is this ballot an example of how democracy is supposed to work in the United States by being open to many who desire to run for office?