Ninth Circuit Will Hear California Case on Ballot Labels in February 2018

The Ninth Circuit expects to hear Soltysik v Padilla, 16-55758, in February 2018. This is the case on whether California is violating the First Amendment and/or the Fourteenth Amendment by letting some candidates have their party membership listed on ballots (for Congress and partisan state office), but not letting certain other candidates have their party membership listed. The plaintiff, Emidio Soltysik, is a registered Socialist, but because the Socialist Party is not a qualified party, Soltysik can only have the ballot label “Party preference: none”.

Alabama Libertarian Party Runs a Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate Special Election

Alabama holds a special election for U.S. Senate on December 12, 2017. Because the Alabama ballot access laws are so severe, only the Republican and Democratic nominees will be on the ballot. However, the Libertarian Party has nominated a write-in candidate, Ron Bishop, and his candidacy has been mentioned already in the Birmingham and Anniston daily newspapers. See this story, for example.

Alabama permits write-in votes, but won’t tally them.

New Zealand 2017 Election

New Zealand uses proportional representation. It held a parliamentary election on September 23, 2017. The results: National 56 seats, Labour 46, New Zealand First 9, Green 8, ACT 1. No party received a majority of the seats. On October 19, after intense negotiations, it was announced that the Labour Party would receive the support of the New Zealand First and Green Parties, to create a majority.

The ACT Party name means “Association of Consumers and Taxpayers” and is considered to be a free-market party.

Here is the wikipedia page about the election.

Two Useful Publications for 2016 Election Returns Expected in November 2017

Two reference publications that have official election returns for the 2016 elections are expected from the printer in November 2017. The Federal Election Commission always publishes a book of election returns, for federal office, after each congressional election. The next version will be called Federal Elections 2016 and the FEC expects to have it ready next month. The book is free and includes primaries as well as the general election.

Congressional Quarterly expects to publish America Votes 32, also in November. Each volume of America Votes has the general election vote for gubernatorial, presidential, and U.S. Senate races, by county, at least for the major parties. Other parts of the book include the total vote for all candidates who were on the ballot, along with declared write-in candidates if the state tallied them. The book includes primaries as well. This series of books, published every two years, has been appearing ever since 1956. Many public libraries carry them as reference books.