The Politics of Institutional Choice: Presidential Ballot Access for Third Parties in the United StatesBritish Journal of Political Science
DOI of Published Version10.1017/S0007123400007274
AbstractDuring the nineteenth century, a presidential voter actually selected a party-prepared candidate list, casting it in full view of others. The "Australian" ballot, adopted in nearly all states by 1900, took away party preparation of the ballot. State officials now prepared overall candidate lists from which the voter picked in secret. The introduction of the Australian ballot was heralded as a blow against political corruption and for "good government". But practical questions arose. With the state itself responsible for the ballot, how should it decide which candidates to list? Some barriers to entry seemed necessary, otherwise the list would be unwieldy. Each of the states began to pass laws restricting ballot access, often aimed at third parties.
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Published Article/Book CitationBritish Journal of Political Science, 25:3 (1995) pp. 57-81. DOI: 10.1017/S0007123400007274
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Citation InformationMichael S. Lewis-Beck and Peverill Squire. "The Politics of Institutional Choice: Presidential Ballot Access for Third Parties in the United States" British Journal of Political Science Vol. 25 Iss. 3 (1995) p. 57 - 81 ISSN: 0007-1239
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