Constitution Party: In the past month, the Constitution Party has filed as a write-in in California and Kentucky. The Constitution Party has lost write-in status in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The Constitution Party is currently on the ballot in 26 states for 257 potential electoral votes and has write-in status in 12 more states plus DC for 215 potential electoral votes, for a total potential of 472 out of 538.
Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party presidential nominee, has been campaigning and giving interviews to various media outlets.
Green Party: In the past month, the Green Party has filed as a write-in in Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. The Green Party has lost ballot access in Nebraska. The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 36 states plus DC for 439 potential electoral votes and has write-in status in 10 more states for 66 potential electoral votes, for a total potential of 505 out of 538.
Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, was arrested while protesting her exclusion from the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Forbes recently ran an article claiming that Stein would raise gasoline prices.
Justice Party: Until now, my Third Party Watch series has not covered the Justice Party. But as this new left-wing party formed by former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson may become a significant force in future elections, it merits inclusion.
The Justice Party has ballot access in 15 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. In addition, the Justice Party has write-in access in DC plus 24 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This gives them ballot access to 145 potential electoral votes and write-in access to 301 potential electoral votes, for a total potential of 446 out of 538.
Libertarian Party: In the past month, the Libertarian Party has gained ballot access in Pennsylvania. The Libertarian Party is currently on the ballot in 48 states plus DC for 515 potential electoral votes with write-in status in Michigan for 16 potential electoral votes, for a total potential of 531 out of 538. Oklahoma is the only state that will not offer its electorate any option to vote for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson.
In the past month, Johnson and his running mate, former California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, have filed another lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates, alleging that they did meet the 15% polling requirement. The two are also seeking a permanent injunction against the CPD to apply to future election cycles. Johnson has been campaigning in several western states, seeking to boost his numbers in several libertarian strongholds, and he has begun airing advertisements on television there as well. The Libertarian Party has recently begun a campaign to double its size, and hosted the first event related to the effort in Las Vegas on October 26.
Combined: While the Commission on Presidential Debates managed to exclude third party candidates from its debates yet again, the candidates found ways to combat this. Democracy Now created a series called Expand the Debate, which featured the Green Party and Justice Party candidates. Virgil Goode also appeared in one program. The Libertarian Party candidates were live on YouTube and Google+ during the debates to give live reactions to the comments made by the Republican and Democratic candidates. In addition, Free and Equal created a debate featuring the above four candidates, followed by an online instant-runoff vote that was won by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. The two of them will meet for a foreign policy debate on Monday, November 5 at 9:00-10:30 p.m. EDT at the RT America studio in Washington, DC. The debate was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.