Talk:Political parties with candidates in state senate elections in 2010

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Missing parties

See this candidate filing list for Washington State. I see 12 candidates who have filed as "Prefers Independent Party", 3 as "Prefers G.O.P. Party" (and 1 as "Prefers GOP Party"), 1 as "Prefers Centrist Party", 1 as "Prefers Independent No Party" (and 1 as "Prefers Independent - No Party"), 1 as "Prefers Bull Moose Party", 1 as "Prefers Lower Taxes Party", 1 as "Prefers Demo Party", 1 as "Prefers Progressive Dem Party", and 1 as "Prefers Reluctantly R. Party".

So someone needs to explain why some parties were listed and why some were not. The Washington State list seems "unscrubbed" as one might say, but if you're going to arbitrarily pick how to interpret a party listing you need to show your criteria or just take it at its silly face value. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 3:45 PM PDT 24 Aug 2010

  • We're constantly updating and improving these pages. One thing to point out is the "Centrist party" candidate is not running for a state level position -- which is why we have not included that party. Our list of political parties refers to any party that has fielded 1 candidate at the state level. Additionally, if there is a candidate who files as G.O.P, it can be assumed that this is the Republican Party -- but they just don't want to be listed as such. There is a difference between preferring a different name (like Demo Party) versus an actual minority party that is completely separate from the two major parties. If a candidate is listed on a minority party, we will give them a color dot and a page. The more information about the party, and the greater expansion we can provide on the party page itself -- for example, the Libertarian Party page, Constitution Party or the Green Party. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Thanks. ---- Geoff Pallay 8:13 AM EST 25 Aug 2010
    • I still think this leaves too many gray areas. It would be better if there were some official statement from say the Washington Secretary of State that confirms "Prefers G.O.P. Party" means Republican Party. Also, I believe the candidate who lists "Prefers Conservative Party" is not affiliated with the Conservative Party in general, but specifically the Conservative Party (Washington), but a "Conservative Party" in general is given credit. We'll have to see how the list for state legislators looks. It could be much scarier. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 2:19 PM PDT 25 Aug 2010
      • That is definitely a legitimate concern. We want to separate two things -- 1)People who choose to list themselves with extremely tiny minor parties, 2)People who are really running as a major party but want a different "name" for it on the ballot. Scenario 1 would result in Ballotpedia creating a page. But scenario 2 would not. I believe that is a worthwhile cause for us to obtain more detailed information from the SOS -- if it exists. We'll be checking into it. With respect to the Conservative Party issue, from what I can tell, the Conservative Party in Washington is affiliated with the national Conservative Party. Have you found otherwise? Thanks. -- Geoff Pallay 5:49 PM EST 26 Aug 2010
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