Feb 20 2013

Michigan Democratic Legislator Leaves Democratic Party, Becomes an Independent

Source: Ballot Access News

According to this story, Michigan Representative John Olumba has declared that he is no longer a Democrat, and instead is now an independent. Michigan does not have registration by party, so there is no official method for any legislator to switch partisan affiliation other than a public declaration. Olumba is the first Michigan state legislator to be neither a Democrat nor a Republican, since the 1912-1914 Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Another Bill Introduced in West Virginia to Make it Easier for a Party to Obtain and Keep Qualified Party Status

Source: Ballot Access News

Five West Virginia Delegates have introduced HB 2565, which makes it easier for a group to obtain and/or keep party status. Current law requires a party to poll 1% for Governor before it enjoys qualified status. The bill would keep that, but would add a second method, that the group have at least 1,000 registered members. Thanks to Jeff Becker and Bill Redpath for this news. Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

David Blau Elected as New Libertarian National Committee Secretary

Source: Independent Political Report

IPR has learned that Mr. David Blau has been selected to fill the open secretary position on the Libertarian National Committee. The position became available in January after the resignation of Ruth Bennett.

James Lark, who has been Acting Secretary, posted the following notice:

As of the close of the voting period at 12:00 p.m. EST today Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Robby Wells Calls Out Senator Marco Rubio in New Video

Source: Independent Political Report

Robby Wells is an independent 2016 president candidate. The following quote is from a post by Joshua Fauver, the chairman of Young Constitutionalists (the youth wing of the Constitution Party) :

“After going after Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Independent Presidential Candidate Robby Wells sets his sights on Republican favorite Marco Rubio of Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Helsinki Accords International Organization Again Criticizes Excessively Difficult Ballot Access Laws in Some U.S. States

Source: Ballot Access News

The OSCE, the organization that monitors human rights in Europe and North America, has issued its report on the U.S. election of November 2012. See it here. Pages 11-12 mention ballot access, and cite to studies and recommendations from the past that say petitions to get on the ballot should not exceed 1% of the number of voters. Thanks to Election Updates for the link. Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Conference Date for Write-in Counting Case

Source: Ballot Access News

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a conference date of March 15 to decide whether to hear Libertarian Party v District of Columbia Board of Elections, 12-836. This is the case on whether election officials must count write-in votes for declared presidential write-in candidates. It stems from the 2008 election, when the Libertarian Party was not on the ballot in D.C. and its presidential nominee, Bob Barr, filed to be a Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

South Dakota Bill That Would Let Americans Elect to Remove Itself from Ballot has Hearing on February 22

Source: Ballot Access News

The South Dakota Senate Local Government Committee will hear HB 1018 on Friday, February 22, at 7:45 a.m. This is the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill, and it has already passed the House. Among other things, it would let a ballot-qualified party cease to be ballot-qualified if the state chair of the party wishes. This provision has been included in the bill to give Americans Elect a chance to avoid being on the ballot Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Dan Cox won more than margin in high-profile 3-way Montana U.S. Senate race

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Part of a series highlighting significant stories from the 2012 election

With the balance of power in the Senate at stake, the 2012 Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Montana spent an average of $41.61 per vote — one of the highest of any federal race in the country.

Libertarian Dan Cox found himself in the crossfire of the hotly contested campaign, Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor May Run for Governor as an Independent

Source: Ballot Access News

Virginia holds its gubernatorial election on November 5, 2013. It is assumed that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the Republican nominee and that Terry McAuliffe, former chair of the Democratic national committee, will be the Democratic nominee. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, elected as a Republican in 2009, has hinted he will be an independent “centrist” candidate for Governor this year. Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Strong Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Advances

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 20, the Oklahoma House Rules Committee passed HB 2134. The vote was 7-0 and the Committee did not amend the bill. The bill lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party to exactly 5,000 signatures.

Two years ago, the same Committee also passed a similar bill (HB 1058), but first amended it to raise it to 22,500 signatures. Thus, it appears the Oklahoma House is more Read more »

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