Feb 01 2012

CA LP: ‘Exceptional Line-up of Speakers Planned for CA Libertarian Convention 2012′

Source: Independent Political Report

February 1, 2012 is the last day for early-bird pricing for this year’s California Libertarian convention, to be held March 2 through 4 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ventura.

Here are the speakers scheduled:

Peter Schiff Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

North Dakota Libertarian Party Will Seek U.S. Supreme Court Review of Ballot Access Decision

Source: Ballot Access News

The North Dakota Libertarian Party has decided ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its ballot access appeal. The 8th circuit had upheld the law, which requires a party that wants to have legislative candidates on the November ballot to persuade between 10% and 15% of all primary voters to choose that minor party’s primary ballot. Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Los Angeles County Erroneously Claims the Justice Party has no Registered Members

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 31, California elections officials released new registration data for each qualified party, and also for each political body. In California, a “political body” is a group that has told the Secretary of State that it is trying to qualify. The Justice Party was and is a political body, but Los Angeles County did not follow correct procedures, and Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Alabama State Court Judge Will Run for Re-Election as an Independent Candidate

Source: Ballot Access News

According to this story, Howard Hawk, Presiding Circuit Judge for Marshall County, Alabama, will run for re-election this year as an independent candidate. Alabama elects its state judges in partisan elections. Hawk filed for the Republican primary but the county party rejected him. Alabama law lets political parties block candidates from Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Oregon Special U.S. House Results

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 31, Oregon held a special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat, First District. The unofficial results: Suzanne Bonamici, Democrat, 53.96%; Rob Cornilles, Republican, 39.65%; Steven Reynolds, Progressive, 3.23%; James Foster, Libertarian, 3.16%.

In November 2010, the results for this same seat had been: Democratic Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

New National Voter Registration Data Shows Very Little Change Compared to October 2010

Source: Ballot Access News

All 29 states (as well as the District of Columbia) that have registration by party have now released fairly current registration data. The new data in all cases is as of September 2011, October 2011, November 2011, December 2011, or January 2012.

National totals show Democrats with 42.64% of the registered voters in Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Libertarian and Green Parties File Lawsuit Against Oklahoma’s March 1 Petition Deadline for New Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 31, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, and the Oklahoma Green Party, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Oklahoma petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The 2011 session of the legislature moved that deadline from May 1 to March 1. The case is called Libertarian Party of Oklahoma et al v Zeriax. The case number is Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Tacoma News-Tribune Carries Op-Ed Explaining Impact of Top-Two on Voter Choices in November

Source: Ballot Access News

The January 31 Tacoma News-Tribune has this op-ed by John S. Mills, explaining that the Washington state top-two system has given voters greatly restricted choice in Washington state general elections. Mills focuses on the disappearance of minor party candidates from the November ballot. Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

New York Times Story on Ballot Access for Presidential Candidates in France

Source: Ballot Access News

The New York Times of January 31 has this story about the requirement that presidential candidates in France need 500 signatures of mayors or other local officials in order to get on the ballot. France has tens of thousands of places that have their own mayor. However, the requirement is proving difficult to meet ever since the law was Read more »

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Feb 01 2012

Americans Elect Begins Holding Regional Meetings

Source: Ballot Access News

Americans Elect has started holding regional meetings for people who have signed up to be leaders and activists in the organization. Here is an account of the Omaha meeting. Here is a link to a video of part of the San Ramon, California meeting. Read more »

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