In today’s political environment presidential candidates are understanding the importance ballot access to have any chance of being president. As we review the main stream media coverage of all the presidential candidates, the american public would only think its a small number of candidates. The realy is that it is over 100 candidates seeking the highest office in the land. The lower tier candidates only have one option, get on the ballot directly though the american public. This could be an excellent opportunity for independent candidates to establish a direct brand identification with voters for the first time.
In order to get on the ballot in South Carolina, a candidate for president of the United States must meet a variety of complex, state-specific filing requirements and deadlines. These regulations, known as ballot access laws, determine whether a candidate or party will appear on an election ballot. These laws are set at the state level. A presidential candidate must prepare to meet ballot access requirements well in advance of primaries, caucuses and the general election. State lawmakers have developed these procedures in an effort to prevent non-serious candidates from appearing on the ballot; meanwhile, critics contend that stringent ballot access requirements discourage candidate and voter participation in the electoral process.
There are three basic methods by which an individual may become a candidate for president of the United States.
An individual can seek the nomination of a political party. Presidential nominees are selected by delegates at national nominating conventions. Individual states conduct caucuses or primary elections to determine which delegates will be sent to the national convention.
An individual can run as an independent. Independent presidential candidates typically must petition in each state in order to have their names printed on the general election ballot.
An individual can run as a write-in candidate.