Nov 19 2011

James Ogle Files for Libertarian Presidential Primary in Missouri

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 18, James Ogle filed to appear on the ballot in the Libertarian Party’s presidential primary in Missouri. So far, he is the only candidate in that primary, although filing does not close until Tuesday, November 22. Ogle lives in California.
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Nov 19 2011

$865 Now Pledged to Vermont Ballot Access Lawsuit

Source: Ballot Access News

As reported earlier, a lawsuit challenging the Vermont June petition deadline for independent candidates will go forward, if enough contributions are pledged to help pay the cost of the transcript. As of mid-afternoon November 18, $865 has been pledged. To pledge, e-mail richardwinger@yahoo.com. Thank you. Read more »

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Nov 19 2011

Portland Daily Sun Reports on Progress of Americans Elect Petition in Maine

Source: Ballot Access News

The Portland Daily Sun (Maine) has this story on Americans Elect. It says the group has 24,000 signatures so far on its petition for recognition as a new party, and also says that Eliot Cutler, who was almost elected Governor as an independent in 2010, strongly backs the group. The Maine petition is one of the most difficult in the nation. Maine is the only state in which only independent Read more »

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Nov 19 2011

Arizona Supreme Court Reinstates Independent Member of Redistricting Commission

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 17, the Arizona Supreme Court took jurisdiction in the lawsuit filed by the Chair of the Redistricting Commission, Colleen Mathis, and simultaneously reinstated her. Governor Jan Brewer had removed her, after the commission issued new districts for U.S. House that Republicans felt weren’t favorable to them. The Arizona Redistricting Commission has five members: two Republicans, Read more »

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Nov 19 2011

Rhode Island Republican Party Decides to Continue to Let Independents Vote in its Primaries

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 16, the Rhode Island Republican Party voted to maintain the policy of letting independent voters vote in Republican primaries. Although a majority of delegates wanted to close the party’s primaries, the measure required two-thirds to pass, and the idea did not have that much support. See this story. Read more »

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Nov 19 2011

Americans Elect Web Page Posts New National Signature Count

Source: Ballot Access News

The Americans Elect web page says 2,057,241 signatures have collected on ballot access petitions around the nation. Last week’s total had been 2,008,069. Therefore, 49,172 signatures have been collected in the past week. By contrast, 69,604 signatures had been collected in the preceding week.

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Nov 19 2011

Fairvote reports on instant runoff voting elections in 6 cities

Source: Green Party Watch

Rob Richie and Dorothy Scheeline of Fairvote have written some interesting analysis of last week’s elections that used instant runoff voting, aka ranked choice voting. Instant runoff voting was used in San Francisco, CA, St. Paul, MN, and Portland, ME; in all three cities, Greens both helped enact IRV and ran in last Tuesday’s elections. For the mayoral elections Read more »

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