Posts tagged: Independent

Apr 25 2013

Montana Ballot Access Improvement Bill Passes Legislature

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 24, the Montana Senate passed HB 120, which now goes to the Governor. This is the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill, and it includes two ballot access improvements: (1) moving the non-presidential independent deadline from March to May; (2) eliminating a restriction on who can be an independent presidential or vice-presidential candidate. Montana becomes the second state, after Virginia, in Read more »

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Apr 25 2013

New Mexico Non-Partisan Think Tank Asks Democratic Party and Republican Party to Let Independents Vote in their Primaries

Source: Ballot Access News

Think New Mexico, a non-partisan think tank, has asked the Republican Party of New Mexico, and also the Democratic Party of New Mexico, to amend their bylaws and let independent voters participate in their primaries. See this story. New Mexico was one of the last states in the nation to even have primaries. Until 1938, all parties nominated by convention. Primaries have existed since 1938, but have always been Read more »

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Apr 24 2013

District should adopt instant-runoff elections

Source: The Washington Post (via Ballot Access News)

CONGRATULATIONS to D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D) for winning Tuesday’s special at-large election and also to Elissa Silverman (D) for a strong showing as a first-time candidate. But the abysmal voter turnout that saw a winner supported by roughly 3 percent of eligible voters must prompt concern about how these elections are held. Not only does the District need to examine how to boost voter participation but it also Read more »

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Apr 24 2013

Montana Ballot Access Improvement Bill Passes House

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 24, the Montana House passed HB 120, the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill. It has two ballot access improvements: (1) it moves the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from March to May; (2) it makes it clear that the law, barring independent candidates from the ballot if they had too close an association with any political party, doesn’t apply to actions taken outside Read more »

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Apr 24 2013

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Has Some Regrets that he Didn’t Run as an Independent for Governor This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, who was elected as a Republican in 2009, and who seriously considered running for Governor as an independent this year, now has some feelings of regret that he didn’t run as an independent this year. See this story. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

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Apr 23 2013

California Bill to Allow Election of Some Partisan State Offices in June is Defeated

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 23, the California Assembly Elections Committee defeated ACA 10 and AB 1075. The bills would have asked the voters in 2014 if they wish to amend the top-two primary system. Current law says the top two vote-getters from the June primary run against each other in November. The bills would have said that if anyone running for state partisan office gets as much as 60% in June, that person is elected and the Read more »

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Apr 23 2013

California Legislative Committee to Hear Bill that Alters Top-Two System

Source: Ballot Access News

The California Assembly Elections Committee will hear ACA 10 and AB 1075 on Tuesday, April 23. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. ACA 10 and AB 1075 change the top-two system. They provide that if a candidate for partisan state office receives at least 60% of the total vote in the June primary, then that candidate is elected, and the office will not appear on the November ballot. The sponsor is Assemblymember Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto). Read more »

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Apr 21 2013

Freedom Socialist Party Activism Stops Washington State from Making Presidential Ballot Access More Difficult

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 17, Washington Governor Jay Inslee vetoed part of SB 5518. If he had signed it, it would have inadvertently increased the difficulty for new minor parties to place presidential nominees on the November ballot. The veto would not have occurred if the Freedom Socialist Party had not noticed the problem, and persuaded the Secretary of State to ask the Governor to veto part of the bill. In Washington state, Read more »

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Apr 21 2013

New Arizona Registration Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

Arizona releases a new registration tally every three months. The April 1 data was released on April 19. See the results here. Since the January 1 tally, Republicans have declined in both raw numbers and percentages; the same is true for Democrats. However, all three of the state’s qualified minor parties increased (both in raw numbers and as a percentage), as did independent voters. Read more »

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Apr 19 2013

Sad ITPN&V Announcement to make

Source: Independent Third Party News & Views

Dear readers and visitors,

Because of the heavy demand of having to constantly cover and report on third party and politically independent topics and events, and also because of political activities that even I myself am involved in, which take a lot of my time away from reporting the news, and coupling with the inactivity from a few of the contributors Read more »

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