Major Third Parties:

Communist Party USA -

Constitution Party -

Green Party -

Labor Party -

Libertarian Party -

Natural Law Party -

Reform Party -

Socialist Party USA -

Workers World Party -

Working Families Party -

Other websites filled with important information: - Center for Voting and Democracy

CVD is dedicated to fair elections where every vote counts and all voters are represented. As a catalyst for reform, they conduct research, analysis, education and advocacy to build understanding of and support for more democratic voting systems. The organization promotes full representation as an alternative to winner-take-all elections and instant runoff voting as an alternative to plurality elections and traditional runoff elections. - Ballot Access News

Ballot Access News is a non-partisan newsletter reporting on the trials and tribulations of folks trying to put candidates on the ballot in the United States of America. There are many surprisingly restrictive ballot access laws in this country, which the average voter has no knowledge or conception of. Part of BAN's purpose (besides reporting on progress made) is to report on these restrictive ballot access laws so that more people are aware of them. BAN is edited and published by Richard Winger, the nation's leading expert on ballot access legal issues. - Guide to American Political Parties

Organized by Ron Gunzburger, this site is a comprehensive starting place for anyone interested in learning more about active third parties in America. With both commentary, background and web links to the parties themselves, this is a useful touchstone for anyone beginning to navigate the US political landscape.

Books worth checking out:

Spoiling for a Fight
By Micah L. Sifry
Routledge Press; 2002

"What are the prospects for new third-party efforts? Combining the close-in, personal reporting and learned analysis one can only get by covering this beat for years, Micah L. Sifry's Spoiling for a Fight exposes both the unfair obstacles and the viable opportunities facing today's leading independent parties."

Crashing the Party
By Ralph Nader
St. Martin's Press; 2002

"This incredible story of Ralph Nader's 50 state 2000 Presidential campaign emphasizes his dedication to establishing a progressive party that will reclaim our democracy, which, to the Green Party, means displacing the heavily concentrated commercial powers and intolerant attitudes that keep America from building a better and safer society."

Fixing Elections
By Steven Hill
Routledge Press; 2002

"Was the lesson of Florida punch-cards that we need better voting machines, or that there's something deeply wrong with a system where the candidate with fewer votes wins the office? Fixing Elections shows why it's not just the Electoral College that's outdated, but our entire 18th-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures."

Other Films on Third Parties:

Flirting With Power

A Third Choice - PBS

Seeing Red