State Rep. Mayes Middleton has introduced a bill in the Texas House that will severely impact your right to choose who gets on the next election ballot in Texas.

If HB 4416 passes you will never see a third-party choice on Texas ballots ever again.

Most Americans like choices. We want more than two TV stations, more than two radio stations, and don't want to be limited between only McDonalds or Burger King.

It's extremely difficult and expensive for any third-party to maintain ballot access in Texas. Now, Middleton wants to raise the bar even higher. He should be ashamed, this is something I would expect in a socialist or communist country — not in freedom loving Texas.

Like or hate a third-party be they Libertarian, the Green Party or whomever, no one forces anyone to vote for them on Election Day. Did you elect Middleton to take away rights or did you elect him to tackle real issues in Texas like high taxes? When politicians introduce and support such bills as HB 4416 they're not representing you, but partisan politics at the expense of your rights. Kill the bill.

James Felber

Carrollton

(14) comments

Jim Forsythe

H.B. 4416 amends the Election Code to increase the minimum
number of votes that a political party's nominee for statewide office must receive
in a general election to trigger the entitlement for the political party
to have the names of its nominees placed on the ballot in each subsequent
general election without filing the requisite lists of precinct convention participants from five percent of the total number of votes received by all candidates for that office to 10 percent of that total number.
EFFECTIVE DATE
September 1, 2019.

Gary Scoggin

I agree!

Bailey Jones

Libertarians tend to take votes from Republicans, hence the bill. If the Greens had a foothold in Texas, you would likely see the same bill coming from the Democrats. Legislating rules that protect one's ability to hold onto political power seems to be irresistible among those attracted to it. But I wonder if it will make any difference to voters in Middleton's re-election campaign?

Carlos Ponce

I think all twenty Democrats should be on the November 2020 ballot.
Therefore you Leftist can vote for the candidate who best exemplifies your values.
There's a candidate for:
Infanticide
Removing company health care plans
Limited jet travel
Taking away guns
Allowing felons still in prison to vote
Open borders
anti-Israel
Increasing taxes
etc.

Jim Forsythe

H.B. 4416 has nothing to do with the Presidential elections. It pertains only to state elections.To try and interject the national elections into this discussion, is not germane to the discussion.

Carlos Ponce

Well, Jim, since Liberal states propose that their state's Electoral votes go the winner of the nationwide popular vote regardless of their own voters desire - it looks as if ANYTHING GOES ![beam]

Jim Forsythe

This story pertains only to Texas state elections.

Carlos Ponce

They way the Left acts - ANYTHING GOES!

Jim Forsythe

This story pertains only to Texas state elections.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, we KNOW that !

Bailey Jones

That's one way to guarantee that a majority votes Democratic - something for everyone! You always have good ideas, Carlos.

Don Schlessinger

I have to admit I'm with the lefties on this one. Five percent is a fair requirement, 10% not so.

Gary Miller

Carlos> I agree with you and Middelton that any candidate on our ballots should be represented by a legitimate number of citizens, not just by some outsider.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, five percent that is required now, is a legitimate number of citizens.
Be careful what you think is good now, as it may come back to haunt you latter.
If the goal is to eliminate opposition, this may get overturned by the courts.

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