For a Similar State-by-State Outline of Party Ballot Access click here.

Note that Independent 2016 Presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who did not declare his candidacy until that August, appeared on the ballot in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia (this list should be considered a general guideline for states with late filing deadlines and/or relatively low ballot access barriers).


In Colorado, a party’s nominee just needs to file the nomination acceptance forms.

An unaffiliated candidate for President, however, needs to submit 5,000 petition signatures or pay a $1,000 filing fee to appear on the General Election ballot.


A minor party that is not affiliated with a national party must petition to have its candidate for President placed on the general election ballot. This petition must contain signatures equaling 1 percent of the total registered voters in the state.

A minor political party that is affiliated with a national party does not have to petition its candidate onto the Florida ballot. Per Florida law, the term “national party” means a political party that is registered with and recognized as a qualified national committee of a political party by the Federal Election Commission.


A Presidential candidate not running with a Qualified Political Party in the State of Hawaii may petition onto the General Election ballot with signatures equaling 1% of the State’s vote in the last Presidential election, which equals 4,377 signatures from 437,664 votes cast.


According to the State of Texas, only parties that have qualified to have their political party on the ballot are allowed to have their nominee for President and Vice President on the ballot. Currently, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party are the only minor parties in Texas that have ballot access. In turn, a new party in the State of Texas must receive 2% of the vote in the preceding Gubernatorial election to gain ballot access, and 1% of the Gubernatorial vote before that (in the form of petitions) is required to gain the first stage of ballot access.


In Utah, an independent candidate may submit a petition with 1,000 signatures in order to get on the General Election ballot, and must also pay a $500 filing fee.



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