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doronster195
01-24-2008, 10:38 PM
If Ron Paul was on the general election ticket as a libertarian, for example, could both democrats and republicans vote for him. Or do you re-register for parties? Or do you have to stick to the party you registered before the primaries.

JahWarrior
01-24-2008, 10:39 PM
Its a general election... you vote for whoever you want.

ValidusCustodiae
01-24-2008, 10:40 PM
If Ron Paul was on the general election ticket as a libertarian, for example, could both democrats and republicans vote for him. Or do you re-register for parties? Or do you have to stick to the party you registered before the primaries.

The answer is, in many cases NO, since Ron Paul will not even be on the ballot in many states. This has been brought up over and over, and even Dr. Paul has said he does not want to run 3rd party because the laws are biased against them. There are laws on the books on some states that prohibit Ron Paul from being on the ballot at all after losing a nomination for either of the two big parties.

PimpBlimp
01-24-2008, 10:42 PM
The answer is, in many cases NO, since Ron Paul will not even be on the ballot in many states. This has been brought up over and over, and even Dr. Paul has said he does not want to run 3rd party because the laws are biased against them. There are laws on the books on some states that prohibit Ron Paul from being on the ballot at all after losing a nomination for either of the two big parties.

I didn't know that

So that pretty much rules out third party right?

doronster195
01-24-2008, 10:49 PM
If that is the case why is anyone still discussing a 3rd party run? Can someone verify this (with sources) that this is all true and that there is no point to continue saying 3rd party run? Once you do that we need to have a sticky saying no more 3rd party talk because there is no point. It is wasted time!

JahWarrior
01-24-2008, 10:51 PM
Again...

Party affiliation means nothing in a general election. You can vote for anyone on the ballot, or write-in any name you want in many states.

doronster195
01-24-2008, 10:52 PM
Ok, but assuming most people are traditional and won't use their write-in privileges. Will it be possible to put Ron Paul on the ballot in every state?

JahWarrior
01-24-2008, 10:54 PM
Ok, but assuming most people are traditional and won't use their write-in privileges. Will it be possible to put Ron Paul on the ballot in every state?

Thats a different question than the OP. A few states have a 'sore loser" law or some crap like that. I don't know the full details, but I believe the answer is no.

nate895
01-24-2008, 10:59 PM
Thats a different question than the OP. A few states have a 'sore loser" law or some crap like that. I don't know the full details, but I believe the answer is no.

You can get on the ballot in all states, since you aren't technically voting for Ron Paul, you're voting for an elector in the Electoral College. The states with those laws have been sued in the past, and lost.