Winger has been accepted as an expert on election law in federal courts in nine states. He serves on the editorial board of the Election Law Journal.
In 1985 Winger helped found, along with several minor party representatives the Coalition on Free and Open Elections (COFOE) in an attempt to co-ordinate action and provide mutual support among the various minor parties for efforts to liberalize and reform ballot access laws, through state legislatures as well as through the courts. COFOE has been a modest operation throughout, although they briefly had the backing of the ACLU, and has sponsored various lawsuits and other initiatives through the years with mixed success. They have been particularly concerned with urging enforcement of the Helsinki Accords in America, an international treaty on democratic practices which America is believed to constantly violate by its restrictions on minor parties. COFOE continues to meet annually with reliable support from nearly all minor parties.
Winger has been a loyal partisan of the Libertarian Party, while supporting the ballot access rights of all minor parties. Some have even taken him to task for being nonpartisan to a fault, most notably, in the 1980s he was a defender of the New Alliance Party, a group which was widely regarded as a cult. Winger has made only one run for public office, in 1986 for the office of Secretary of State in California as a Libertarian, however, as he was running for the office charged with the administration of elections, the campaign was styled as being nonpartisan, intended to represent the interests of all minor parties.
A lifelong Californian, Richard Winger graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as a Political Science major in 1966, and attended Graduate School in Political Science at UCLA. He has lived since 1970 in San Francisco with his partner, Jerry Kunz.
- Ballot Access News
- Wikipedia article about Richard Winger
- Richard Winger's Curriculae Vitae as of January 1, 2007