Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville wants to allow candidates to be listed on the ballot as the nominee of more than one political party. Their total votes would then be added up to decide the election.
Campfield is offering his amendment to a bill designed to bring Tennessee into compliance with a federal judge's ruling last year that the state's qualification standards for minor parties are too burdensome . . .
Campfield said his proposal is based on current practices in New York. "It just allows that if a third party wants to stay on the ballot, they can," he said.
Kyle said his proposal is aimed at giving a voice to people interested in smaller parties' platforms, and not forcing them to side with Democrats or Republicans. "We shouldn't be pigeonholing people," Kyle said. "I think this is a fair and reasonable way." . . .
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