Posts tagged: Alaska

Apr 15 2013

Alaska Legislature Adjourns without Passing Top-Two Primary Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

The Alaska legislature adjourned on Sunday evening, April 14. HB 13, to establish a top-two primary, failed to pass. The legislature did pass HB 104 on the last day. It moves the primary from the fourth Tuesday in August to the third Tuesday in August. That has the effect of automatically moving the non-presidential independent candidate petition, since those petitions are due on primary day. But the bill has no effect on Read more »

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Mar 16 2013

Region 1 Report to LNC

Source: Independent Political Report

Region 1 Report

Submitted by Norm Olsen
March 10, 2013

This report is submitted to the national office on March 10, 2013 as required for inclusion in the meeting information binders distributed at Libertarian National Committee meetings. Errors, omissions, and/or additional reports received prior to the Read more »

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Mar 06 2013

Ninth Circuit Rules that Libertarian Party Has Standing to Challenge Residency Requirement for Circulators

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 6, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the plaintiffs in Los Angeles County Libertarian Party v Bowen have standing to challenge the residency requirement for petition circulators. The nine-page opinion, by Judge Susan Graber, reverses the U.S. District Court, which had said the plaintiffs do not have standing because the Secretary of State says the residency requirement for circulators is not enforced. Read more »

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Jan 18 2013

Alaska Bill for a Top-Two System

Source: Ballot Access News

Alaska Representative Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage) has introduced HB 13, to establish a top-two primary system for all partisan office except President. Like the Washington state version, but unlike the California version, write-ins would be permitted in November. Here is the text of the bill. Representative Gruenberg introduced the idea in the previous session of the legislature, but it did not advance.

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Nov 11 2012

Federal Law Seems to Require States to Tally Write-in Votes for President, if that State has a Write-in Declaration of Candidacy Procedure

Source: Ballot Access News

3 U.S. Code, section 6, is titled “Credentials of electors; transmission to Archivist of the United States and to Congress; public inspection.” The text of this law seems to require jurisdictions with electoral votes to count the write-in votes for all declared write-in presidential candidates, if that state’s write-in declaration procedure has provision for the write-in presidential candidate to also submit a list of presidential elector candidates.

Jurisdictions in which various minor party presidential candidates did file in 2012 for write-in status, and yet which in the past have refused to tally such write-ins, include Alaska, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. In Alaska this year, Virgil Goode filed for write-in status and included a slate of presidential elector candidates. Rocky Anderson did the same in the District of Columbia. It is believed that Jill Stein did the same thing in Wyoming.

The law says, “It shall be the duty of the executive of each State, as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the appointment of the electors in such State by the final ascertainment, under and in pursuance of the laws of such State providing for such ascertainment, to communicate by registered mail under the seal of such State to the Archivist of the United States a certificate of such ascertainment of the electors appointed, setting forth the names of such electors and the canvass or other ascertainment under the laws of such State of the number of votes given or cast for each person for whose appointment any and all votes have been given or cast.”

The Constitution Party intends to ask the Alaska Division of Elections to follow this law and to tally the number of write-ins cast for Virgil Goode, and the Justice Party had already made the same request to the District of Columbia Board of Elections.

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Sep 01 2012

Alaska Libertarian Candidate for U.S. House Polls 14.8% in Six-Candidate Blanket Primary, Places Third

Source: Ballot Access News

Alaska held its primary on August 28. Alaska has a blanket primary for all parties except the Republican Party, and then there is a separate Republican primary ballot. Independents may choose either ballot.

In the blanket primary, for U.S. House, that ballot contained five Democrats and one Libertarian, Jim McDermott. McDermott polled 14.8%, placing third. Of course, because it is a blanket primary, the top vote-getter from each party advances to the general election. McDermott didn’t need to poll any Read more »

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Aug 29 2012

Alaska Green Party Petition for President is Valid

Source: Ballot Access News

On August 29, the Alaska Division of Elections determined that the Green Party’s petition for “Limited Political Party” status is valid. A “Limited Political Party” in Alaska is one that is entitled to have its presidential and vice-presidential nominees on the November ballot. This is the first successful statewide petition in Alaska for the Green Party since 1994. The party was ballot-qualified 1994 through 2004. Read more »

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Aug 16 2012

Alaskan Independence Party to Nominate No Candidates For First Time in History

Source: Independent Political Report

IPR has learned from party insiders and activists that for the first time in the history of the Alaskan Independence Party, founded in 1974. The party is in a rebuilding process, but has no plans to hold a state convention this year and currently has no recognized party officers.

Some activists, party members, and officers have helped to found the Constitution Party of Alaska.

Continue reading at Independent Political Report.

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Aug 14 2012

Some Ballot-Qualified Parties in a Single State Still Haven’t Chosen a Presidential Nominee

Source: Ballot Access News

Mitt Romney’s announcement on August 11 that Paul Ryan is his choice for the Republican nomination for vice-president did not end all the suspense about the identity of presidential and vice-presidential nominations. Some ballot-qualified parties still have not chosen their presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

The most important of the parties that haven’t nominated yet, but which will, is the New York Read more »

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Aug 12 2012

Alaska Will Have No More than Six Presidential Candidates on the November Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

The petition deadline has passed in Alaska. The only petitions received involving the presidential race this season are the Green Party and Americans Elect Party petitions. The Americans Elect petition was submitted months ago.

The four ballot-qualified parties on in Alaska are: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Alaskan Independence Party. No one knows which presidential candidate the Alaskan Independence Party will Read more »

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