Iowa Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News Iowa holds a special election on June 27 to fill the empty State House seat, 22nd district. According to this story, the Republican and Libertarian Parties placed a nominee on the ballot, but the Democratic nominee missed a filing deadline and will be a write-in candidate. There is also an independent candidate …

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New Jersey Has Fewer Gubernatorial Candidates on General Election Ballot This Year Than Any Year Since 1989

Ballot Access News This year’s New Jersey gubernatorial election will have seven candidates on the November 7 ballot. That is a smaller number of candidates for that office in the general election than at any time since 1989, when there were six. The 2017 ballot will have the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green, …

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U.S. District Court in Texas Uphold’s “Sore Loser” Law as Applied to Presidential Independent Candidates

Ballot Access News On May 18, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman, an Obama appointee, upheld Texas’ sore loser law as applied to presidential candidates. Kennedy v Pablos, w.d., 1:16cv-1047. The case had been filed in 2016 by Rocky De La Fuente, who had appeared on the Texas Democratic presidential primary ballot in March 2016, …

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Maryland Ballot Access Improvement Becomes Law

Ballot Access News On May 26, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said that he is letting HB 529 become law without his signature. There is no legal difference between a bill that gets signed by a Governor, and a bill that becomes law without the Governor’s signature. Generally a Governor declines to sign certain bills because …

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New Pennsylvania Registration Data

Ballot Access News The Pennsylvania Department of State has released a voter registration tally for the May 2017 primary, which was held earlier this week. The percentages are: Democratic 47.94%; Republican 38.29%; Libertarian .55%; Green .15%; other and independent 13.08%. In November 2016, the percentages were: Democratic 48.34%; Republican 37.85%; Libertarian .56%; Green .16%; other …

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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”.

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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Rocky De La Fuente Lawsuit Against Arizona Independent Petition Requirement Begins to Move Ahead

Ballot Access News Arizona is one of a handful of states that requires more signatures for an independent presidential candidate, than for an entire newly-qualifying party. The only other such states are Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas. In 2016, Arizona required 35,514 signatures for an independent presidential candidate, but 20,119 for a entire new …

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