U.S. Supreme Court Sets Conference Date for Samoan Citizenship Lawsuit

On Thursday, June 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear Tuaua v U.S., 15-981. This is the case on whether the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that persons born in American Samoa be considered citizens, or whether they must go through the naturalization process. The 14th amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” This sentence has always been understood to mean that persons born in the District of Columbia are citizens.

Oregon May Not be Able to Release Independent Party Presidential Primary Results Until June 16

Oregon held presidential primaries for three parties on May 17. No names were printed on the Independent Party’s primary ballot. Election officials promised to tally all the write-ins in that primary, since it is the write-in votes that will determine who won. Election officials say this is such a big job, they may not get it done until June 16.

The Independent Party wanted the names of certain presidential candidates to be printed on its presidential primary ballot, but the Secretary of State refused.

Monmouth University General Election Presidential Poll within New Jersey Includes Gary Johnson and Jill Stein

On May 31, Monmouth University Polls released this general election presidential poll within New Jersey. It includes Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. See question three. The poll shows a somewhat narrow lead for Hillary Clinton inside New Jersey, whether Johnson and Stein are included or not. However Clinton’s lead is slightly larger when all four candidates are named. Thanks to Michael for the link.

Green Party Finishes its First Petition So Far in 2016

The last time the Green Party completed a petition to be on the 2016 ballot for President was in the fall of 2015, when it completed its Arkansas presidential petition. The Nevada Green Party seems likely to be the first state Green Party to finish a petition during calendar year 2016. It has approximately 9,000 signatures and will submit the petition on June 1 or June 2. The legal requirement is 5,431. The Nevada Green Party got significant help from some individuals who had been working for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and who became angry with the recent Democratic delegate selection process in Nevada.