Proposal would allow multi-party nomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Torn between running as a Republican or a member of the tea party? Under one lawmaker's proposal, Tennessee candidates could do both.

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville wants to allow candidates to be listed on the ballot as the nominee of more than one political party. Their total votes would then be added up to decide the election.

Campfield is offering his amendment to a bill designed to bring Tennessee into compliance with a federal judge's ruling that the state's qualification standards for minor parties are too burdensome.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, the bill's sponsor, has lowered his proposed requirement for minor parties to qualify for the ballot from a petition of about 40,000 signatures to 10,000 registered voters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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