The Independent Party of Oregon is asking its members to participate in a party-administered presidential primary. Names on the ballot will be Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and “None of the Above.” This primary is binding.
The party also had a government-administered presidential primary in May, but the party is not using those results.
On June 25, Iceland held a presidential election. Five candidates were on the ballot. The winner, with 39.7% of the vote, is Gudni Johannesson. He is an independent candidate and says he has never been a member of a party. He favors bringing a national initiative process to Iceland. See this story. Thanks to John Fund for the link.
On June 21, eleven judges of the Ninth Circuit re-heard Public Integrity Alliance v City of Tucson, 15-16142. Tucson has partisan city elections. Each of the six wards has its own primary for city council. But in the general election, the entire city chooses between those nominees, plus any independent candidates who may be running. Here is a news story about the hearing. Republicans are unhappy with the system, because generally only the Democratic nominees ever win in the election itself. The voters and candidates who sued to overturn the system would prefer that each ward would choose its own councilmember in November, instead of having at-large elections.
Here is a news story about the hearing. The story does not provide any clues as to the outcome. The original Ninth Circuit panel had invalidated the system by a 2-1 vote, but then the city had prevailed in its attempt to get a rehearing en banc.
Two presidential polls were released on June 26 that include four candidates.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll is here. See question five. The results: Clinton 47%; Trump 37%; Johnson 7%; Stein 3%; other or none 4%; no opinion 3%.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal results are provided in less detail: Clinton 39%; Trump 38%; Johnson 10%; Stein 6%; other or undecided 7%.
On June 22, the Nevada Secretary of State told the Green Party that its party petition only had 4,784 valid signatures. It needed 5,431.
The Nevada deadline for that petition was June 2. But back in 1992, a U.S. District Court enjoined the Nevada deadline for minor parties and independent candidates, which that year was June 10. That case was Fulani v Lau. The legislature afterwards moved the deadline to July, but over the years forgot why it had done that, and moved the deadline back to April, and then last year moved it to June 2.
Nevada is in the Ninth Circult, and in 2008 the Ninth Circuit struck down Arizona’s June 10 petition deadline for independent candidates, in Nader v Brewer, which makes the 1992 Nevada Fulani precedent even stronger now than it was back in 1992.
George Will has told an audience that he recently changed his Maryland voter registration from “Republican” to “independent.” See this story.