Interview with Tom Turnipseed

Tom, you were working on getting Wallace on the ballot in all 50 states. Why was it so hard to get Wallace on the ballot?


Well, it was very hard to get Governor Wallace on the ballot, because, you know, we have a traditional two party system in the state and the Republican and Democratic parties have ballot position. But the various state laws on qualifying a new party are all different. Some require a certain amount of registered voters to sign petitions. Some required having a nominating convention with a certain number of people coming there. About three states had no way to get on the ballot. We had to go to court, went all the way to U.S. Supreme Court on a case from Ohio, and won that, and then I think Idaho, and I forget the other state, but it was three states with no way to get on. And we finally got on the ballot in all the states which, we spent a lot of our time, energy and effort, and so forth, and by that time, the Republicans with their Southern strategy got involved. And Strom Thurmond and so forth, and they were just about as racist as the Democrats in-- I mean, as, as Wallace, so they said "Why waste your vote, just vote, we're going to look out for you too." You know the people who had these same feelings. So that's why our vote went up and then went down towards the end. You know, "Why waste your vote," plus we spent our energy on ballot position, it kind of burned us out, so to speak.