Level the Playing Field Debates Case Returns to Court

Ballot Access News Two lawsuits are currently pending to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to ease its rules on who can participate in general election presidential debates. One of those cases, Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, charges that the FEC has a duty to enforce federal campaign finance law, and that …

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With Less than Three Weeks to the Petition Deadline, So Far Only One Petitioning Candidate for New Jersey Governor

Ballot Access News New Jersey holds a gubernatorial election on November 7, 2017. Independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, need 800 signatures by June 6. So far only one petition has been submitted: Vincent Ross, of Edison, whose ballot label will be “We the People”.

Illinois Green Party Files Reply Brief in Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News On May 13, the Illinois Green Party filed its reply brief in the Seventh Circuit in its ballot access case, Tripp v Smart, 16-3469. The issue is the 5% petition for legislative nominees of unqualified parties, as applied to rural districts without centers of population, combined with the requirement that each petition …

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Doubling Almost All Candidate Filing Fees

Ballot Access News On May 15, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 323. It roughly doubles all the candidate filing fees. This means the filing fee for independent presidential candidates, and the presidential nominees of unqualified parties, will be $35,000 in 2020, unless the fee is struck down. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lubin …

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Ohio State Appeals Court Hears Libertarian Lawsuit Over Whether 2013 Ballot Access Law Violates Ohio Constitution

Ballot Access News On May 9, the Ohio State Appeals Court, 10th district, heard oral argument in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, 16AP000496. This is the last remaining Libertarian Party ballot access case in Ohio. The party argues that the Ohio Constitution requires all qualified parties to nominate by primary, and that the 2013 …

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South Dakota Makes it Easier for a Party to Stay on Ballot

Ballot Access News On March 13, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed HB 1034. It changes the vote test for a party to remain on the ballot. The old law requires a vote of 2.5% for Governor. The new law requires 2.5% for any statewide race. The only parties on the ballot in 2016 in …

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Nebraska Governor Lets Bill, Making it Easier for a Party to Remain on the Ballot, Become Law

Ballot Access News Nebraska LB 34 is now in effect in the state. It makes it easier for a party to remain on the ballot. On April 29, Governor Pete Ricketts let the bill go into effect. However, he didn’t sign it. Governors typically have three choices on a bill: they can sign it, let …

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