Seventh Circuit Hears Green Party Case Against Illinois Ballot Access in State Representative Districts

Ballot Access News On September 18, the Seventh Circuit heard arguments in Tripp v Scholz, 16-3469. This is the Green Party case that challenged the petition requirements for state representative in 2014. The U.S. District Court had upheld the requirements. The party argued that the 5%, in combination with the requirement that each sheet be …

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Associated Press Story on How 2016 Nebraska Legislature Vastly Increased Independent Petition Requirement

Ballot Access News In 2016, the Nebraska legislature increased the non-presidential independent petition requirement from 4,000 signatures to 10% of the number of registered voters. Except in Ballot Access News, that change got no publicity. Now, however, the Associated Press has published a story about the 2016 action. Every petition requirement for independent candidates, and new parties, …

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Eighth Circuit Asks Both Sides in Arkansas Libertarian Ballot Access Case to Discuss Mootness, Given that Legislature Already Fixed the Law that Libertarians had Challenged

Ballot Access News The Eighth Circuit will hear Libertarian Party of Arkansas v Martin, 16-3794, on Wednesday, September 20. On September 12, the panel of judges assigned to the case sent a letter to both sides, asking them to be prepared to discuss whether the case is moot or not. That is because, after the …

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Fully Inform Independent Voters of Their Primary Ballot Choices

Ballot Access News On September 11, the California legislature passed AB 837 by a vote of 54-20. It now goes to Governor Jerry Brown. It requires election officials to inform independent voters that they may choose the primary ballot of one of the various parties that let independents participate. For now, it only affects presidential …

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California Senate Passes Bill to Fully Inform Independent Voters of their Primary Ballot Choices

Ballot Access News On September 7, the California Senate passed AB 837, by 27-13. It provides that election officials will inform independent voters of their ability to choose the presidential primary ballot of a party that has authorized independent voters to vote in its presidential primary. Posters will be placed at the polling places. Independent …

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Ninth Circuit Will Hear Independent Party v Padilla on Monday, November 13, in San Francisco

Ballot Access News On September 6, the Ninth Circuit set an oral argument date of November 13 for Independent Party v Padilla, 16-15895. The case will be argued in San Francisco. The issue is whether the California Secretary of State has a duty to tabulate how many California voters have written on their voter registration …

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Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Will Ask for Rehearing En Banc in Debates Anti-Trust Case

Ballot Access News Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will ask for a rehearing en banc in Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, the case that argues that the Commission on Presidential Debates is breaking federal anti-trust laws. The original 3-judge panel had ruled against Johnson and Stein on August 29. The petition for rehearing will …

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Eighth Circuit Sets Hearing Date for Arkansas Libertarian Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News The Eighth Circuit will hear Libertarian Party of Arkansas v Martin, 16-3794, on Wednesday, September 20, at 9 a.m., in St. Louis.  The Libertarian Party had won in the U.S. District Court, and the state is appealing. The issue is the former law that said newly-qualifying parties (which nominate by convention) must …

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Two Libertarians for Pennsylvania Local Partisan Office Defeat Challenges to their Ballot Status

Ballot Access News On August 17, two Libertarian Party candidates for local partisan office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, won decisions in state court that they should remain on the ballot. Jennifer Moore, running for Auditor of Upper Providence Township, was originally told that she needed ten signatures, but the elections office made a mistake, and …

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Seventh Circuit Sets Hearing Date in Illinois Green Party Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News The Seventh Circuit will hear Tripp v Smart, 16-3469, on Monday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m.  This is the Green Party case that challenges the 5% petition requirement for independent candidates for the legislature, and also for the legislative nominees of unqualified parties.  Specifically the case challenges how the 5% petition works …

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