Posts tagged: Vermont

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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Mar 31 2013

Vermont Supreme Court Upholds June Petition Deadline for Independent Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 29, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld the June petition deadline for independent candidates. Here is the decision in Trudell v State of Vermont, 2013-18.

The decision has some odd features. Vermont permits “sore loser” candidacies; in other words, candidates who run and lose in a partisan primary may then run as independents in November. Such candidacies are common in Vermont. The decision says Read more »

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Mar 12 2013

Vermont Progressives Increase Representation on Burlington City Council

Source: Ballot Access News

Burlington, Vermont, held a partisan city election on March 5. Each of the seven wards elected a city council member. Progressives were elected in Wards Two and Three; Democrats in Wards Four, Five, Six, and Seven; and an independent was re-elected in Ward One.

Each ward has two city council members, and each member is elected for two years. The Read more »

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Mar 01 2013

Vermont Supreme Court Hears Justice Party Ballot Access Case on March 27

Source: Ballot Access News

The Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments in Anderson v State of Vermont, 2012-272, on March 27. The main issue is the method by which independent candidates must submit their signatures, compared to the easier method required for candidates petitioning for a place on a primary ballot. The June petition deadline is also intertwined with this case. The Vermont Supreme Court has chosen to hold this oral argument at a university Read more »

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Feb 28 2013

Justice Party files Opening Brief in Vermont Supreme Court in Ballot Access Case

Source: Ballot Access News

Rocky Anderson filed this brief in the Vermont Supreme Court on February 19. The case is Anderson v State of Vermont, 2012-272. The issue is partly the state’s cumbersome signature-checking procedures, and partly the June deadline for petitions for independent presidential candidates to get on the November ballot.

The Vermont Supreme Court is also considering a challenge to the June petition Read more »

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Jan 11 2013

Vermont Presidential Write-ins Now Known

Source: Ballot Access News

The write-in vote for President in Vermont in November 2012 was: Ron Paul 717, Jill Stein 594, Virgil Goode 13, Roseanne Barr 9. These figures were determined on January 11 by a team of voting rights activists who volunteered to help the Vermont Secretary of State do this tally. Thanks to Jeremy Hansen for this news.

Presidential candidates who were on the ballot, and thus didn’t need to depend on write-ins, were Read more »

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Jan 07 2013

Vermont Presidential Write-ins to be Tallied on Friday, January 11

Source: Ballot Access News

On Friday, January 11, a team of three volunteers organized by the Green Party has an appointment with the Vermont Elections Division, to go through the returns from each town and tally up the presidential write-ins. The results will be placed on state stationery so they will be considered “official” and will be included in national vote tallies of the presidential vote.

Pennsylvania still hasn’t tallied its write-ins, but says it will do so, although Pennsylvania state totals Read more »

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Dec 24 2012

Four Minor Party Statewide Candidates in 2012 Carried Counties in Partisan Races

Source: Ballot Access News

Four minor party nominees in 2012 partisan statewide races carried counties. In Vermont, Cassandra Gekas, Progressive Party member-nominee for Lieutenant Governor, carried Bennington and Windham Counties. Vermont has fourteen counties. The Democratic Party had cross-endorsed Gekas, but she appeared on the ballot as “Progressive, Democrat”, indicating she considered herself a member of the Progressive Party. Vermont does not have registration by party, so the only official way a fusion Read more »

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Dec 23 2012

Grassroots Party is Once Again Minnesota’s Fourth Most Active Political Party

Source: Ballot Access News

The Grassroots Party, formed in Minnesota in 1986 to advocate marijuana law reform, appeared on the ballot in all Minnesota elections 1986 through 2000. In the years 1990 through 1994 it had more nominees on the ballot for federal and state office than any other Minnesota party besides the two major parties. After 2000 it ceased to appear on the ballot, and one of its founders joined the Green Party. See this wikipedia article about the Grassroots Party. Read more »

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Dec 23 2012

In Four States, “Other” Candidates for U.S. Senate Polled Highest Percentage in History

Source: Ballot Access News

The United States has been holding popular elections for U.S. Senate starting in 1914. In November 2012, in four states, minor party or independent candidates for U.S. Senate polled the highest percentage ever, for non-major party candidates for U.S. Senate within that state.

In Maryland, independent U.S. Senate candidate S. Rob Sobhani polled 16.38% in a four-candidate race. The previous best showing for U.S. Senate in Maryland for a non-major party candidate had Read more »

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