How states will decide which Reform Party presidential candidate gets on the November ballot:

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2000

ALABAMA:

Pat Buchanan and John Hagelin are running as independents and not under the Reform Party banner since third-party candidates are required to submit many times the number of signatures required of independents. State election officials said Buchanan has more than enough signatures to qualify and Hagelin was about 100 short. The filing deadline is Aug. 31.

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ALASKA:

Buchanan will be on the ballot, Hagelin will not. No faction of the Reform Party has requested that Hagelin be on the ballot.

The Alaska Division of Elections says it has received a certificate of nomination from the secretary of the Reform Party USA listing Pat Buchanan as its presidential candidate and Ezola Foster as its vice presidential candidate.

The Reform Party of Alaska has also submitted Buchanan and Foster as its candidates.

Buchanan was unanimously elected by delegates to the state party's convention last March.

''I know of no split at all here in Alaska,'' said Ed Wassell, chairman of the Reform Party of Alaska.

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ARIZONA:

The Reform Party chairman submitted Buchanan's name on Aug. 18, four days after two other state party officials submitted Hagelin's name. The assistant attorney general advised the state to ''take the name from the person who is the Reform Party chairman in Arizona.'' Arizona counties begin printing their general election ballots next week but portions with candidates' names are not printed until after the Sept. 12 primary.

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ARKANSAS:

The Reform Party holds its state convention Sept. 9 at the University of Central Arkansas. State law says that if a political party submits two nominees to the secretary of state's office, the choice of who gets on the ballot falls to the state's constitutional officials.

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CALIFORNIA:

The party has until Aug. 31 to identify its nominee. On that date, the secretary of state will issue an official list of certified candidates.

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COLORADO:

The secretary of state's office received Reform Party applications for both candidates and has asked the state attorney general to determine what to do next. The office has until Sept. 13 to make a decision. Hagelin is the Natural Law Party candidate; Buchanan supporters formed the Colorado Freedom Party. So regardless of the decision, both candidates will likely be on the ballot.

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CONNECTICUT:

Neither candidate is on the ballot. Both cannot appear simultaneously; state law prohibits listing more candidates from a single party than voters can elect. The state has received certificates of endorsement from each candidate as the nominee of the Reform Party. Pending withdrawal by one or a court order, neither will appear on the ballot.

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DELAWARE:

Buchanan will be on the ballot. Under Delaware law, the chairman of the state party submits the name of that party's presidential candidate. William Shields, chairman of the Reform Party, submitted Buchanan's name.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

No Reform Party candidate will be on the ballot; neither filed their petitions on time.

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FLORIDA:

The state has until Sept. 1 to decide.

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GEORGIA:

The Reform Party doesn't have automatic ballot access this year. Party founder Ross Perot appeared on the ballot in 1996 by petition, but the party failed to attract the required percentage of votes in subsequent statewide elections to qualify for automatic ballot listing. Buchanan will be on the ballot as an independent after submitting petitions.

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HAWAII:

Only Buchanan has requested candidacy papers. Hawaii's deadline for filing for the general election is Sept. 8.

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IDAHO:

The Reform Party's Idaho chairman submitted Buchanan's name as that party's candidate, so his name will appear on the ballot. If the Natural Law Party chairman submits Hagelin's name he also will get on the ballot.

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ILLINOIS:

Hagelin filed as the Reform Party candidate and will be listed as such. Buchanan filed as an independent and will be listed as such.

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INDIANA:

Hagelin fell short of the number of signatures needed to appear on the ballot. Buchanan will appear as an independent.

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IOWA:

Secretary of State Chet Culver drew lots that made Buchanan the Reform Party candidate. Hagelin will be listed as ''nominated by petition.''

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KANSAS:

Hagelin on Thursday won a spot on the ballot after supporters turned in the necessary 5,000 signatures from registered voters, but he may appear as an independent. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has refused to put either Hagelin or Buchanan on the ballot under the Reform Party banner, saying he wants the State Objections Board to rule. Both Hagelin and Buchanan camps plan to challenge the decision.

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KENTUCKY:

The ballot won't be put together until Sept. 5. Election officials are hoping for a federal resolution to the dispute so that they won't need to make an independent determination.

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LOUISIANA:

The Reform Party has no state central committee, which is required for a party to make a nomination. Buchanan and Hagelin can both register as independents. The deadline is Sept. 5.

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MAINE:

Buchanan's supporters have filed with state election officials to be on the ballot. Officials are researching the law to see how it applies to the Reform Party split, and whether one or both candidates can appear.

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MARYLAND:

Linda Lamone, administrator of the Maryland State Board of Election Laws, said she will certify Buchanan as the Reform Party candidate.

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MASSACHUSETTS:

Buchanan, Hagelin have until Aug. 29 to file at least 10,000 signatures to qualify for the general election. Asked how they want to be identified on the ballot, Buchanan wrote ''Reform'' and Hagelin wrote ''Unenrolled.'' If both qualify, that's how they will be listed.

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MICHIGAN:

Both Buchanan and Hagelin have filed to be on the ballot. The Election Bureau is trying to determine who is the leader of the Reform Party in Michigan. If a decision cannot be reached by a Sept. 11 deadline, election officials say they will rule that the Reform Party has failed to qualify to be on the ballot.

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MINNESOTA:

Buchanan and Hagelin will be on the ballot as Reform Party candidates.

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MISSISSIPPI:

Sept. 8 is the deadline for independent and third-party presidential candidates to qualify. The state election board will then meet to decide which candidates will get on the ballot, including Buchanan and Hagelin.

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MISSOURI:

The Reform Party submitted Buchanan's name to the secretary of state last week and he will appear on the ballot.

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MONTANA:

A lottery in the secretary of state's office Thursday decided that Hagelin will appear on the ballot as the Reform Party candidate. The drawing was necessary under state law due to the split in the party. Both factions disapproved of the lottery and a lawsuit is likely. The secretary of state's office said it will abide by any court order.

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NEBRASKA:

The Reform Party is not a recognized party because its candidate did not get the required percentage of the vote last year; the party has missed the deadline to petition to be on the ballot. Hagelin will be on the ballot as a Natural Law Party candidate for president.

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NEVADA:

The filing deadline for presidential candidates is Sept. 5; a decision is anticipated shortly afterward. A determining factor will be how the Federal Election Commission distributes federal campaign funds to the Reform Party's presidential nominee -- Buchanan or Hagelin.

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NEW YORK:

The state Board of Elections has received petitions to put Buchanan on the ballot as the Reform Party candidate. The petitions are under review, but a state election official said Buchanan will probably appear on the ballot under the name ''Buchanan-Reform.''

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NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Anyone can get on the general election ballot by collecting 3,000 signatures. The deadline for collecting signatures was Aug. 8; results won't be known until Sept. 6.

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NEW JERSEY:

Buchanan is listed as the only Reform Party presidential candidate. Hagelin will appear on the ballot as an Independent.

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NEW MEXICO:

Both factions of the party have asked that their candidates be placed on the ballot. No decision has been made; the elections bureau is reviewing state law with the state attorney general's office. A decision is expected by the time the state prints its election ballots on Sep. 15.

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NORTH CAROLINA:

The State Board of Elections voted 3-1 Thursday to list Buchanan on the ballot for the Reform Party despite objections from Hagelin supporters and state party leaders who had picked Hagelin as their candidate. Hagelin backers said they may appeal the decision in court.

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NORTH DAKOTA:

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he has the necessary paperwork to put Buchanan on the ballot, since he is the only candidate who asked to be listed under the Reform Party banner. If a competing party faction wants to put Hagelin on the ballot, it will have to go to court to challenge his interpretation. The filing deadline is Sept. 8.

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OHIO:

Buchanan filed petitions with the secretary of state's office late Wednesday that contain nearly twice as many signatures as needed to qualify for the ballot as an independent. The signatures must still be validated. Hagelin is on the ballot as the Natural Law Party candidate.

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OKLAHOMA:

The Election Board is waiting for the Federal Election Commission's decision before deciding how to proceed.

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OREGON:

Buchanan is on the ballot as an independent. The Natural Law Party, which nominated John Hagelin for the ballot, changed its name to Reform Party. The change will be official if papers are filed by Tuesday.

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PENNSYLVANIA:

The Reform Party has elected Pat Buchanan as its nominee. Hagelin's supporters were asserting his nomination Thursday, thought it was likely be rejected. Hagelin's only recourse would be to sue. He has until Monday to formally challenge Buchanan's nomination.

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RHODE ISLAND:

The state elections board expects to decide Monday.

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SOUTH CAROLINA:

The Reform Party has until Aug. 30 to certify whose name will be on the ballot. The State Election Commission has not decided how to handle certifications from a split party.

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SOUTH DAKOTA:

The secretary of state's office will leave it up to the South Dakota Reform Party to decide which candidate appears on ballot. The party must decide by Monday, a before the secretary of state certifies the ballot.

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TENNESSEE:

Both candidates' names will appear on the ballot since both qualify as independents under state law. However, it is undecided who will have the Reform Party by their name.

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TEXAS:

Pat Buchanan is on the ballot as an independent. John Hagelin is not listed because the Natural Law party did not have submit signatures.

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UTAH:

According to state law, the party's official liaison submits the party's candidate. The Reform Party liaison has told the state election office that Buchanan will appear on the ballot.

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VIRGINIA:

Buchanan and Hagelin will appear on the ballot with their official party name if they turn in the necessary 10,000 signatures. Both factions have registered with slightly different names, which makes it legal. One is Virginia Reform Party, the other Reform Party of Virginia.

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VERMONT:

The first candidate to show up at the secretary of state's office between Sept. 8 and Sept. 21 with 1,000 verifiable signatures gets on the ballot as the Reform Party candidate. The other candidate still could be on the ballot, but under state law would have to pick a party name substantially different from Reform.

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WASHINGTON:

Both Hagelin and Buchanan will be on the ballot, but no final decision has been made on which party labels will be assigned to each. The state Reform Party has requested Hagelin as the nominee. Buchanan was nominated at a Freedom Party convention and has not requested the Reform banner.

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WEST VIRGINIA:

Hagelin is certified to be on the ballot as the Natural Law Party candidate. He cannot change that affiliation under West Virginia statutes. Buchanan was certified this week as the Reform Party candidate.

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WISCONSIN:

The Reform Party does not have ballot status in Wisconsin, so both Hagelin and Buchanan will be listed as independents at the bottom of the ballot if they file 2,000 to 4,000 signatures by Sept. 5.

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WYOMING:

Officials are researching state law; the secretary of state has until Sept. 7 to decide.



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