Founded in 1985 by Richard Winger, an advocate for ballot access reform, Ballot-Access News is a website supporting all minor parties’ ballot access rights. Although Winger has been a longtime supporter of the Libertarian Party, he has consistently backed the rights of all minor political parties to have access to the ballot.
Based in San Francisco, CA, the website focuses on news and analysis of ballot access issues, particularly for third-party and independent candidates. It covers developments in ballot access laws throughout the US and provides insights into these candidates’ challenges and successes.
Funded by / Ownership
Ballot-Access News is owned and operated by Richard Winger. Donations and subscriptions generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Ballot-Access News provides in-depth analysis and reporting on ballot access and election laws, including legal challenges, reform efforts, and third-party/independent candidates. The website is run by Richard Winger, a longtime advocate for ballot access reform, which may lead to bias, but it generally provides accurate and factual reporting.
The website publishes summary articles with neutral headlines, such as “California Bill to Make Public Funding of Campaigns Possible.” In this article, they publish a summary of the California bill; however, it does not provide any links. We have determined the article to be accurate as SB 24 is a sponsored Bill, but it requires the reader to seek the information, which is considered poor sourcing by our methodology. In other stories, we found hyperlinked sourcing from credible outlets such as Mississippi Today, MinnPost, and court dockets. Ballot-Access News also publishes in print format. In general, Ballot-Access News is fact-based, reasonably sourced, and low-biased in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Ballot-Access News least biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact-check record. Still, readers should be cautious of bias toward promoting easier ballot access for third parties that may fall on the right or left political spectrum. (M. Huitsing 03/29/2023)
Last Updated on May 14, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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