Pennsylvania State Elections Office Tallies Presidential Write-ins for Three Candidates: McMullin, Sanders, and Kasich

Ballot Access News On December 23, the Pennsylvania state elections office released some information about presidential write-ins. The office says there are 6,472 for Evan McMullin; 6,060 for Bernie Sanders; and 302 for John Kasich. The office says in addition there are 37,242 more presidential write-ins. Anyone who wants more information must visit Harrisburg and … Continue reading Pennsylvania State Elections Office Tallies Presidential Write-ins for Three Candidates: McMullin, Sanders, and Kasich

Democrats Outpoll Republicans in U.S. Senate Races by 10,512,669 Votes, but Republicans Win 22 of the 34 Seats

Ballot Access News The total vote cast for U.S. Senate on November 8, 2016, by party, was: Democratic 51,297,372 Republican 40,784,703 Libertarian 1,788,027 Green 695,604 Working Families 428,854 Conservative 267,186 Independence 150,457 Constitution 124,587 Independent Party of Oregon 59,516 Women’s Equality 45,297 Independent American 27,340 New Independent Party 17,649 Reform 17,781 American 11,923 Unity 9,336 … Continue reading Democrats Outpoll Republicans in U.S. Senate Races by 10,512,669 Votes, but Republicans Win 22 of the 34 Seats

No Reference Appears to Have Accurate Presidential Totals, Even for the Two Major Parties, Except for David Leip

Ballot Access News On December 22, the Associated Press announced that Hillary Clinton received 65,844,610 votes, and Donald Trump received 62,979,636. The AP appears to use the 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker from Google Sheets, a Google Doc. But even those sources, as of the evening of December 22, appear not to have noticed that … Continue reading No Reference Appears to Have Accurate Presidential Totals, Even for the Two Major Parties, Except for David Leip

New York State Amends Certified Vote Totals from November 2016 Election

Ballot Access News On December 22, the New York State Board of Elections revised its official election returns. The Board had posted “Original certified results” on December 8, which suggests the state had determined the official figures. But on December 22, the Board posted revised figures. Hillary Clinton gained 56,371 votes over the earlier figure; … Continue reading New York State Amends Certified Vote Totals from November 2016 Election

New York Conservative Party Had Mixed Success in 2016 Election

Ballot Access News The New York Conservative Party, which has been ballot-qualified longer than any other party in the U.S. (other than the Democratic and Republican Parties) has mixed results in the 2016 election. For president it polled for its nominee Donald Trump 3.81%, which was the best percentage for the party for president since … Continue reading New York Conservative Party Had Mixed Success in 2016 Election

Washington State Certificate of Ascertainment Does Not Include Any Reference to Presidential Write-ins

Ballot Access News The Washington Secretary of State has denied qualified status to the Libertarian Party on the grounds that Gary Johnson did not get as much as 5% of the vote, when write-ins for president are included. However, Johnson got 5.01% of the presidential vote if write-ins are not included. The official election returns … Continue reading Washington State Certificate of Ascertainment Does Not Include Any Reference to Presidential Write-ins

First Circuit Upholds New Hampshire Law, Making it Illegal to Circulate Petition for a New Party in Odd Years

Ballot Access News On December 2, the First Circuit upheld the New Hampshire law making it illegal to circulate the petition for party status during an odd year. Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v Gardner, 15-2068. The 30-page opinion says that no U.S. Court of Appeals has ever struck down a state ballot access law … Continue reading First Circuit Upholds New Hampshire Law, Making it Illegal to Circulate Petition for a New Party in Odd Years

Socialist Workers Party Asks Federal Election Commission for an Extension of its Exemption from Reporting Campaign Finances

Ballot Access News In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Socialist Workers Party is entitled to an exemption from reporting its campaign contributors, because the evidence showed that persons identified with the SWP were likely to be harassed. The Federal Election Commission has been exempting the SWP ever since. However, the FEC always … Continue reading Socialist Workers Party Asks Federal Election Commission for an Extension of its Exemption from Reporting Campaign Finances

New York Voter Vigorously Argues that State Law, Requiring Membership in a Party More than Six Months Before a Presidential Primary, Violates State Constitution

Ballot Access News Earlier this year, Mark Warren Moody, a New York voter, sued the State Board of Elections over the state’s unique law that prevents New York voters from voting in a presidential primary unless they had registered with that party six months and ten days before the April presidential primary. The case is … Continue reading New York Voter Vigorously Argues that State Law, Requiring Membership in a Party More than Six Months Before a Presidential Primary, Violates State Constitution