The US Supreme Court ruled in US Term Limits v Thornton in 1995 that states cannot add to the qualifications to be in Congress, and since the US Constitution only has age and citizenship and residency requirements for congressional candidates, states can't keep people off the ballot just because of a felony conviction in the past. Other courts have ruled the same way, going all the way back to 1918.
The comparison of Socialist Party success in the 1910's decade, and the Green Party of today, should mention that 100 years ago, state election laws in the U.S. did not discriminate against small and new parties the way they do today. The United States has gone backwards in voting rights, when it comes to the issue of voter choice in elections. The Green Party has never been able to be on a Georgia general election ballot for any state or federal office, for example, due to Georgia's horrible ballot access laws.
The Public Policy Poll showed Platt gets 5% of the 2012 Romney voters, but 1% of the 2012 Obama voters. Objective evidence says Platt is not hurting Busch.
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