Kennedy Gains Ballot Access in Florida With Reform Party

TALLAHASSEE, FL—JUNE 7, 2024—The Reform Party today received notice that the Florida Division of Elections has recertified its party status giving Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ballot access in the Sunshine State.

“We’re thrilled to give Floridians an independent option this November,” said Reform Party of Florida Chair Jenniffer Desatoff. “We've been eagerly waiting to collaborate with the Kennedy Campaign here in Florida and make history together.”

Two weeks ago, the National Committee of the Reform Party voted to nominate Kennedy, granting him ballot access in Florida and providing a major fundraising advantage.

Currently, individuals can donate a maximum of $6,600 to the campaign. With the Reform Party nomination, the party will be able to raise an additional $41,300 from individual donors and spend it in coordination with the campaign to support Kennedy. The party contribution limit is more than six times the campaign contribution limit, supercharging Kennedy’s fundraising. 

The Reform Party was founded in 1996 by supporters of Ross Perot, the most successful independent candidate in the last century before Kennedy’s run. The party’s rules call for it to nominate a presidential candidate, who then picks their vice-presidential candidate. Kennedy accepted the Reform Party nomination and chose Nicole Shanahan as his running mate. The party refiled its Florida state party paperwork this week to run Kennedy. 

The campaign’s aggressive ballot access operation will ensure the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ballot access operation is fully funded with more than $15 million raised.

The Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is officially on the ballot in nine states — Utah, Michigan, California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, and now Florida. 

It has collected enough signatures for ballot access in nine other states — New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey, and New York.

The Kennedy-Shanahan campaign has collected the signatures needed for ballot access in 18 states, totaling 268 electoral votes, 49% of the 538 total electoral votes nationwide. Florida will add another 30 electoral votes.

On May 1, the Kennedy campaign released results from a Zogby poll showing Kennedy beats both Presidents Biden and Trump in head-to-head matchups. Trump defeats Biden handily. Kennedy beats President Trump in a two-way race, by a tight margin. In a two-way race between Kennedy and President Biden, Kennedy wins in a landslide. Kennedy is the first independent ever to defeat both major party candidates in head-to-head matchups.

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