Jan 23 2013

Gary Johnson Campaign Receives More Primary Season Matching Funds from FEC

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 9, 2013, the Gary Johnson presidential campaign received another $121,755.77 in primary season matching funds from the Federal Election Commission. This is in addition to the December 19, 2012 payment of $202,026, and to amounts received earlier in 2012.

Therefore, the total amount of primary season matching funds that was received for the entire Johnson campaign now totals $632,016.75. Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Florida Secretary of State Fines Green Party $10,000 for Being 15 Hours Late with its Financial Report

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 5, the Florida Secretary of State notified that Florida Green Party that because the party’s financial report had been due on November 2, and it was not actually filed until November 3, the party owes a fine of $10,000. The party has appealed this decision. The party treasurer tried to file the report on November 2 electronically but computer problems made that impossible. The party points out that the report was only 15 hours late, and that the fine seems excessive, given that the party’s Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Virginia Ballot Access Bill Passes Senate Committee

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 23, the Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee passed SB 690 by a vote of 10-5. This is the bill that eases the petition requirement for all presidential candidates, whether they are running in a presidential primary, or are petitioning to get on the November ballot. It cuts the number of signatures from 10,000 to 5,000.

The eight Republicans on the Committee supported the bill by a margin of 7-1. The Democrats on the Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Nebraska Bill to Eliminate Primary Screen-Out for Independent Presidential Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

Nebraska State Senator John Murante (R-Gretna) has introduced LB 349, which changes procedures for independent presidential candidates to get on the ballot. Existing law does not permit an independent presidential candidate to begin to circulate a petition until after the May primary, and does not permit primary voters to sign. The bill eliminates the restriction on which registered voters can sign. It also eliminates the restriction on when such a petition may begun to circulate. However, it moves the Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Missouri to Hold Special U.S. House Election on June 4, 2013

Source: Ballot Access News

Missouri will fill the vacant U.S. House seat, 8th district, on June 4, 2013. The four ballot-qualified parties (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Constitution) will choose nominees by party committee or convention. Candidates of unqualified parties and independent candidates must submit a petition due in early April. See this\ story.

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Jan 23 2013

New York City Board of Elections to explore instant runoff voting

Source: Crain’s New York Business (via Ballot Access News)

Can’t decide between two candidates for mayor? You might be able to pick both of them in this year’s primary election.

The Board of Elections is exploring “instant runoff voting” in this year’s citywide races, allowing voters to select their first and second choices for citywide offices at the ballot box in September. Such a system would obviate the need to hold a second election between the top two vote-getters in a primary. Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Green Party of Florida Letter to President Barack Obama

Source: Green Party of Florida

January 9, 2013.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 30500-0003

Mr. President, Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

In defense of ranked choice voting

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (via Ballot Access News)

San Francisco has conducted 45 ranked-choice-voting elections since November 2004, including 30 for the Board of Supervisors and 15 for citywide offices. Multiple rounds of counting were used in 20 contests to declare a winner. We now have lots of evidence to assess how well ranked-choice voting works.

No electoral system is perfect, but we believe ranked-choice voting has improved San Francisco’s Read more »

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Jan 23 2013

Mike Fellows sets national LP record in MT, mulls another run for office

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Part of a series highlighting significant stories from the 2012 election

In the 2012 election, Mike Fellows of Montana became the first Libertarian in national LP history to crack the 40 percent barrier in a partisan statewide race. He won 185,419 votes, or 43 percent, and carried 27 of the state’s 56 counties in a two-way race for clerk of the Supreme Court against incumbent Democrat Ed Smith. Read more »

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