Apr 06 2012

Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee Passes Ballot Access Bill, But Amends it To Only Lower Petition in Mid-Term Years

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 4, the Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee passed HB 1058, but the Committee amended it so that it is less helpful. The original bill lowered the number of signatures from 5% of the last vote cast, to exactly 22,500 signatures. The amended bill retains the 5%, but says it is 5% of the last gubernatorial vote. The current law requires 5% of the past presidential vote in midterm years, and 5% of the last gubernatorial vote in presidential Read more »

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Apr 06 2012

Nebraska Legislature Passes Bill that Makes it Easier for Parties to Remain on Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 4, the Nebraska Senate unanimously passed LB 1035, which makes it easier for parties to remain ballot-qualified. Existing law requires a party to poll 5% of the vote every two years. The bill says that when a party meets the 5% vote test, it is then automatically on the ballot for four years. This is very similar to a bill in Utah that also passed recently. In both states, the Libertarian Party did the work to get the bills passed. In Nebraska, the Read more »

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Apr 06 2012

Green, Constitution Parties File Petitions in New Mexico

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 3, the deadline for newly-qualifying parties to file petitions in New Mexico, the Constitution Party submitted 4,811 signatures, and the Green Party submitted 4,280 signatures. The law requires 3,009 valid signatures.

Also, another party called the Independent American Party submitted a petition. It is not known how many signatures it submitted. Nor is it known if this is a party with a national Read more »

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