In 1988, Linda Curtis of Independent Texans PAC helped the first African-American woman, Lenora Fulani, get on the ballot in all 50 states. As a minor party candidate, Fulani’s campaign had to collect signatures according to the ballot access laws in each state– about 1.3 million signatures by today’s requirements. In Texas, people who vote in primary elections are prohibited from signing petitions for independent and minor party candidates. This prohibition is called the “primary voter screen out.”
Texans for Voter Choice believes that Texas should remove the primary voter screen out because signing a petition to nominate a candidate is not the same as voting for a candidate. All voters benefit from having more choices on the ballot. If you agree, show your support by signing our petition and participating in our #flushthesystem social media campaign, details here.