Mar 21 2013

Green Party taps Iowa City to host meeting

Source: press-citizen.com (via Green Party Watch)

Third-party political activists say they hope to recruit more candidates to run for down-ballot races in the next few years.

The Green Party recently decided on Iowa City as the site for its annual national meeting this summer. The four-day event in July will include policy discussions and meetings between party officials from around the United States but also seminars for Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 18, SB 668 moved to the House Judiciary Committee. It lowers the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties in midterm years somewhat, but does not reduce the number in presidential years. SB 668 had passed the Senate in February.

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Mar 21 2013

Washington Senate Passes Bill That Defines Qualified Party as One that Received 5% for President

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 12, the Washington State Senate passed SB 5518, which changes the definition of a qualified party from one that polled 5% for any statewide nominee at the last election, to one that polled 5% for President at the last presidential election. Washington state’s term for a qualified party is a “major party.” “Major parties” do not need to petition to place their presidential nominee on the ballot, but “minor Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Letting Americans Elect Remove Itself from 2014 Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 14, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed HB 1018, which says a ballot-qualified party can cease to be ballot-qualified if both the national chair of the party, and the state chair of the party, sign a notarized statement saying they wish to eliminate the party. The purpose of this bill (which has other, unrelated election law provisions) is to enable Americans Elect to remove itself from the 2014 Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Fourth Circuit Holds Oral Argument in Virginia Case on Residency Requirements for Petitioners

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th circuit, heard arguments in Libertarian Party of Virginia v State Board of Elections. Here is a news story about the hearing. The issue is Virginia’s ban on out-of-state circulators. The U.S. District Court had struck it down last year, and the state then appealed.

The three judges on the 4th circuit panel are Robert B. King (a Clinton appointee), Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Tucson Daily Newspaper Has Lengthy Article About Court Decision Approving Discriminatory Voter Registration Form

Source: Ballot Access News

Tucson’s daily newspaper has this story about yesterday’s decision by a U.S. District Court Judge, approving Arizona’s voter registration form. The form only gives checkboxes to the Democratic and Republican Parties, even though the Americans Elect, Green, and Libertarian Parties are also ballot-qualified and also have their own primaries. Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

U.S. District Court Denies Reconsideration in Georgia Ballot Access Case

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 20, a U.S. District Court refused to reconsider its decision of July 17, 2012 in Green Party of Georgia v State of Georgia, northern district, 1:12cv-1822. The case had been filed by the Green Party and the Constitution Party, and it alleged that Georgia’s petition requirement for presidential candidates to get on the November ballot is too strict. Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Lowering Presidential Petition Requirements

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 18, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed SB 690, which lowers the number of signatures for all presidential candidates (both presidential primary and general election) from 10,000 signatures to 5,000 signatures.

Indiana now has the most difficult mandatory presidential primary petition requirement in the nation. Indiana requires 4,500 signatures, with 500 signatures Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

CATO Institute Commentary on Electoral College

Source: Ballot Access News

CATO Institute is the leading think-tank for libertarians, but its leadership strongly supports the Republican Party. Here is an opinion piece on the electoral college by Robert Levy, chair of the CATO Board of Directors. Levy seems to say he is strongly opposed to any electoral college system that would give minor party or independent presidential candidates any electoral votes. He says Ross Perot in 1992 might have won Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Starchild Answers Constitutionalist Immigrant’s Letter to Rand Paul Re: Immigration

Source: Independent Political Report

This letter was sent in response to a letter Starchild received regarding Rand Paul’s speech about immigration. The letter was previosuly posted on IPR, and you can read that here.

Dear Tony,

Thank you for writing. I was also heartened by Rand Paul’s filibuster of president Read more »

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