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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Filing Closes for California Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News California holds a special election on October 3 to fill the vacant 51st district Assembly seat.  The seat is in central Los Angeles.  Here is the list of the 13 candidates who will be on the ballot.  There are ten Democrats, one independent, one Libertarian, and one Peace & Freedom member. If anyone gets …

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Independent Voters in New York City Will be Permitted to Choose a Reform Party Primary Ballot for Mayor

Ballot Access News The Reform Party is ballot-qualified in New York, and has decided to let independent voters participate in its Mayoral primary being held on September 12, 2017.  This will be the first time any party in New York has let independent voters vote in an actual primary.  Some years ago the Independence Party …

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High-energy third-party candidate pitches to Tea Party

by David Danzis, New Jersey Herald HAMPTON -- Despite a low member turnout typical of late-summer gatherings, the Skylands Tea Party was full of energy on Wednesday night due to the group's guest speaker. Constitutional Party gubernatorial candidate Matt Riccardi brought his message of "Liberty, Integrity, and Prosperity" to Sussex County and told the attendees he was …

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New Registration Data for the United States

Ballot Access News The new national registration totals for the United States, in the 32 jurisdictions in which the voter registration form asks the applicant to choose a party, are: Democratic 44,706,349 (40.30%) Republican 32,807,417 (29.57%) independent & misc. 30,818,334 (27.78%) Libertarian 511,277 (.46%) Green 258,683 (.23%) Constitution 97,893 (.09%) Working Families 52,748 (.05%) Reform …

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Hearing Set on California Independent Presidential Candidate Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, an Obama appointee, will hear De La Fuente v Padilla, c.d., 2:16cv-3242, on Monday, August 21, at 3 p.m., in Los Angeles. This is the case that challenges the California law requiring independent presidential candidates to submit almost 200,000 valid signatures. In 2016 the requirement …

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New Kansas Registration Data

Ballot Access News As of July 26, here are the number of registered voters in Kansas: Republican 786,719; Democratic 428,381; Libertarian 15,473; independent 529,702. These figures are from the Secretary of State’s office, but they are not on his web page. There are no voters registered in any other parties. The Kansas voter registration form …

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Arkansas Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse Eighth Circuit Decision in Non-Presidential Independent Candidate Deadline Case

Ballot Access News Three months ago, the Eighth Circuit ruled in Moore v Martin that Arkansas’ March petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates is unconstitutional, unless the state can show that it needs a March deadline to have enough time to check the petitions. On July 25, Arkansas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse …

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New Florida Registration Data

Ballot Access News The Florida Secretary of State web page updates voter registration on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these updates only show the number of Democrats, the number of Republicans, and the number of all other voters. The July 23 2017 figures are: Democratic 4,845,863; Republican 4,566,956; all others 3,476,693. One can see them at …

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