Fair Ballot Access Constitutional Amendment

   Only twenty-seven amendments have been added to the U.S. Constitution.  The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.

   The procedure for amending the U.S. Constitution is established in Article V.  There are two separate methods for amending the U.S. Constitution.  METHOD 1:  Our Constitution allows for individual states to convene a Constitutional Convention.  This method has never been employed in the history of the United States.  METHOD 2: This method involves two steps.  The U.S. Congress JOINTLY must agree to an amendment and approve it by a two-thirds vote of BOTH HOUSES OF Congress.  After both houses of congress approve the amendment,  the amendment is then forwarded to all fifty states.  If three-fourths of the states, or more, agree and ratify the amendment, it becomes Constitutional Law and part of the U.S. Constitution.  All constitutional amendments have been enacted by this method.

   Sanityandsense.com believes that it is critical to our Republic to enact an amendment known as the Fair Ballot Access Amendment.  This amendment will apply only to federal elections and will not infringe upon any state laws, county laws, or city laws and will not attempt to regulate in any way state or local elections.  There are only three offices that are ELECTED Federal offices.  They are: 1) the U.S. House of Representatives, 2) the U.S. Senate, and 3) the executive office of president and vice-president.  Today it is almost impossible to elect a third party candidate to any of these three offices.  Also, regulations for ballot access differ from state to state and are not consistent, fair, reasonable, or regulated by federal law.  With the passage of this constitutional amendment, ballot access for all three federal offices will be the same and there will be one and only one set of rules.

   A party may access any U.S. House district or a U.S. Senate district by: 1) Paying a ballot access fee of $ 500.00, and 2) by collecting a petition of 1,500 signatures in that district.  Signatures must be within the House district to be valid for House access, but the 1,500 signatures may be statewide for U.S. Senate districts since U.S. Senators are elected by statewide vote.  Any third party presidential candidate may have ballot access to a given state by paying the $ 500.00 fee and submitting signatures of 1,500 registered voters from that state.

   If a third party, seeking the office of president and vice-president does not qualify in all fifty states, then the name of the party will appear only in the states where the party qualified.  Also, the rules for qualification that are presently in effect for these offices regarding age of candidate and American citizenship will remain unchanged. 

   ANALYSIS OF AMENDMENT:  The democrat party and the republican party have long established paths of corruption that have been in place for more than one hundred years.  Also, the special interest groups and the moneyed lobbyists will continue to fund mainly the campaigns of their democrat friends and their republican friends.  Therefore, once enacted this amendment will not have great effects on these two corrupt parties.  Hence, most democrats and most republicans will be willing to  vote yes and pass this amendment along to the states for ratification.  With the passage of time, the American Public will understand that they have multiple choices in all federal elections and America will become a true Constitutional Republic as our Founding Fathers intended. 

                                         R. Van Conoley

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