Category: Ballot Access

Apr 30 2013

Lawsuit Against California Residency Requirement for Petitioners Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez has set a status conference for May 20 at 3 p.m. in Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County v Bowen, central district, 2:10cv-2488. He asked that all attorneys appear in person, rather than by phone, which suggests that the hearing will be about the substance of the issue in the case as well as about scheduling. The issue is the constitutionality of various California Read more »

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Apr 29 2013

Sponsor of Pennsylvania Ballot Access Bill Will Hold Town Hall Meeting to Boost the Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to boost SB 195, the ballot access reform bill. It will be at 6 p.m. on May 28, Tuesday, in Room 312, Neidig Garber Science Center, on the campus of Lebanon Valley College. UPDATE: the original post mistakenly said 8 p.m., but the meeting is at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Bob Small at bobthepoet@yahoo.com. Read more »

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Apr 29 2013

North Carolina Ballot Access Activists Have Appointments with Six Legislators on April 30

Source: Ballot Access News

Brian Irving is coordinating appointments between ballot access activists and North Carolina State Representatives who are on the House Elections Committee. He has appointments with six such state legislators at various times on April 30, Tuesday. Other proponents of improved ballot access will be joining him. If you live anywhere near Raleigh and you wish to help, his e-mail is brian@libertypoint.org. Read more »

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Apr 29 2013

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Editorializes in Favor of Easier Ballot Access for Indiana

Source: Ballot Access News

The April 26 Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has this editorial, which ran a few hours before the convictions in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary petition fraud prosecution. Toward the end of the editorial is a suggestion that Indiana’s ballot access laws be eased.

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Apr 28 2013

Reform Party Petitioning for Ballot Access in New York, Utah and Florida

Source: Reform Party

For Immediate Release – The Reform Party of the United States of America affiliates in New York and Utah are currently petitioning for ballot access. No Reform Party affiliate has successfully petitioned for access since the 2004 election cycle. Currently it is on the ballot in Florida and Louisiana, two states that do not require petitions for access. Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Connecticut Bill to Ban Fusion Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 5, the Connecticut Joint Government Administration and Election Committee passed SB 1146, the bill that makes it illegal for a party to nominate a non-member. However, the bill has not yet been voted on in either House. The intent of the bill is to ban fusion, but the bill goes beyond that.

The Joint Committee has three Senators and eleven House members. Two of the three Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Vermont Senate Passes Bill Improving Independent Candidate Petition Deadline

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 11, the Vermont Senate passed S86, an omnibus election law bill. Among other things, it moves the independent candidate petition deadline from June to August. The bill is now pending in the House Government Operations Committee. Specifically, the bill says the independent petition deadline is three days after the primary.

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Apr 26 2013

Ralph Nader Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Prevent Pennsylvania 2004 Petition Challengers from Seizing Nader’s Bank Account

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 25, Ralph Nader asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal from a ruling of a District of Columbia court, that authorized the seizure of $81,102 from Nader’s bank account in Washington, D.C. The appeal is called Nader v Serody; the case number hasn’t been assigned yet. Here is the cert petition. The dispute arose in 2004, when challengers to Nader’s Pennsylvania ballot access petition persuaded Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Reform Bill Can’t Pass This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

Oklahoma SB 668 lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party in midterm years, from 5% of the last presidential vote, to 5% of the last gubernatorial vote. Even though it had passed the Senate unanimously, and had passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously, it failed to be brought up on the House floor by the April 24 deadline. Read more »

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Apr 25 2013

New York City Independence Party Wants Wilson-Pakula Law Repealed for Large Parties but Preserved for Small Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

The New York City Independence Party has issued recommendations for election law changes in New York state. See them here. The party recommends that the Wilson-Pakula Law be repealed for large political parties such as the Democratic and Republican Parties, but preserved for smaller qualified parties. The Wilson-Pakula law gives party county chairs the power to decide whether a non-member of a party may run in Read more »

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