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New Jersey Governor Must Decide Soon on Bill Expanding Ease of Voting

In June, the New Jersey legislature passed AB 4613, which lets any voter cast a vote during the weeks before election day, provides for automatic registration for people who apply for drivers licenses unless they opt out, and makes it possible for 17-year-olds to pre-register.

New Jersey gives Governors a long period in which to decide whether to sign, veto, or amend bills. Governor Chris Christie must decide whether to approve this bill by August 13, if the legislature is in session that day. But if the legislature is not in session that day, he can wait until it is in session. No one knows yet whether the legislature will be in session that day.


Indiana Republican Party County Chair Tries to Remove Libertarian Slate from November 2015 Ballot for Anderson City Office

Indiana cities elect officers in partisan elections on November 3, 2015. In Anderson, the Republican Party county chair has filed a challenge to the Libertarian slate. The challenge says the Libertarian Party didn’t have a valid nominating convention. See this story.

The Libertarian Party in Indiana nominates all its candidates by convention. The state law says primaries are reserved for qualified parties that polled 10% in the last election for Secretary of State.

In 2004, Ralph Nader was nominated for President by the Reform Party in a national convention conducted by conference call. Nader’s ballot position as the Reform Party nominee in Florida was then challenged in state court on the grounds that a national convention must be an in-person meeting. But the State Supreme Court rejected the challenge and Nader appeared on the Florida ballot as the Reform Party nominee.


Lancaster, Pennsylvania Daily Newspaper Carries Op-Ed Praising Last Month’s Ballot Access Ruling

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania daily newspaper has this op-ed by local attorney Mitchell Sommers. Sommers praises the July 26, 2015 court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania rules for checking signatures. He urges the state not to appeal. The Lancaster daily newspaper was formerly called the Intelligencer Journal, but now it is just LNP.


Unusually Large Number of Minor Party and Independent Candidates File to Run for Philadelphia City Office

According to this Philadelphia Inquirer story, quite a few candidates are running in the November 3, 2015 election for Philadelphia city office. As the story notes, Philadelphia uses limited voting for city council-at-large. No party can run for all the seats. The objective is to prevent one party from winning all the seats. Normally Republicans win the non-Democratic Party seats, but this year Republicans will have competition from independent and minor party candidates. Thanks to Andrew Gripp for the link.


San Diego Union-Tribune Article on California Top-Two Primary

The San Diego Union-Tribune has this article about the California top-two primary.


State Chair of Women’s Equality Party of New York is a Registered Democrat

Barbara Fiala, state chair of the Women’s Equality Party, a ballot-qualified party in New York, is a registered Democrat. This news story says she plans to remain a Democrat. The law will require the Women’s Equality Party to choose someone who is a member of the party by November 2015.