Jan 25 2013

NOT GUILTY: Stein, Honkala, Fannie Mae protesters

Source: JillStein.org

BREAKING — Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were found not guilty by a Philadelphia judge earlier today on charges stemming from their participation in a housing rights protest at Fannie Mae’s regional offices. The two women were the Green Party’s 2012 presidential and vice presidential nominees.

On August 1st of last year, Stein and Honkala, along with 50 other protesters, attempted to escort foreclosed families into Fannie Mae to demand policies that, according to Honkala, would, “keep Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

SC Libertarian Jeremy Walters comes close to major LP victory, plans 2014 run

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Part of a series highlighting significant stories from the 2012 election

Libertarian Jeremy Walters was in the unique position of being the only partisan candidate on the ballot for a state House seat. On a small budget, he ran a spirited race but fell short of winning by just 3 percent of the vote, or 656 votes. Had he won, South Carolina would have become the fourth state to elect a Libertarian to a state legislature, joining New Hampshire, Vermont and Alaska. Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

Independence Party of Minnesota Endorses Tim Gieseke for House 19A

Source: Independence Party of Minnesota

ST. PETER, MN — The Independence Party of Minnesota held an endorsing convention in St. Peter on Saturday to endorse Tim Gieseke, a candidate for the MN House District 19A special election to replace Representative Terry Morrow.

The attendees unanimously endorsed Tim Gieseke, New Ulm, to be the Independence Party candidate in the special election to be held February 12th, 2013. Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

Independence Party of Minnesota and YOU in 2013

Source: Independence Party of Minnesota (sent via e-mail January 12)

Dear Supporter,

The elections of 2012 are behind us. From a distance, 2012 looked like any other year for the Independence Party. We ran several strong candidates for the State Legislature yet fell short of getting Minnesotan’s the independent voices they need at the State Capitol. Some people may tell you this is as good as the IP can do.

They are wrong. In fact, our successes of 2012 have me even more excited for what we can and will Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

Two Massachusetts Ballot Access Bills to be Introduced on January 28

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 28, Massachusetts Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) will introduce two bills to improve ballot access. One lowers the number of signatures for candidates for federal and state office, by cutting the current requirements in half. That bill affects candidates seeking a place on a partisan primary ballot, or candidates petitioning directly onto the general election ballot. The statewide petition requirement for the more important statewide offices (U.S. Senator, Governor) would fall from 10,000 Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

California Superior Court Issues Procedural Ruling in Case Against Top-Two; Wants a More Up-to-Date Complaint Filed

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 25, the Alameda County, California, Superior Court issued a procedural ruling in Rubin v Bowen, RG11-605301. This is the lawsuit filed by the state Peace & Freedom Party and Libertarian Party, and the Alameda County Green Party, that challenges the top-two system on the grounds that it violates the rights of voters who wish to vote for minor party candidates in the November election.

The ruling says that the last complaint, which was filed before the 2012 election, needs to be Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

Justice Party Postpones National Convention

Source: Ballot Access News

The Justice Party had been planning to hold a national gathering February 22-24 in Oakland, California. However that meeting has been postponed until the autumn of 2013.

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Jan 25 2013

David Rea Op-Ed Explains Why Maine Should Try Ranked-Choice or Preference Voting

Source: Ballot Access News

David Rea has this op-ed in the Auburn, Maine Sun Journal, advocating that the Maine legislature pass the pending bills that would use Ranked-Choice Voting. Rea is an educator and author in Boulder, Colorado. He actually argues for any form of multi-choice voting, which could include preference voting as well as Ranked-Choice voting. Thanks to Steve Chessin for the link.

Also, here is a somewhat similar op-ed in The Daily Campus, the student publication at the University Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

New Louisiana Registration Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

Randall Hayes’ blog The Bald Cypress has an informative post about the new Louisiana registration tally compared to the old one. Because the state purged inactive voters, the total number of registered voters in the state declined. The only qualified party that gained registrants between the old tally and the new tally is the Libertarian Party. Among the parties attempting to qualify, the only one that gained registrations is the Conservative Party, which is now over half-way toward meeting the 1,000-member Read more »

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