Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office has clarified the intent of his ballot access bills, HB 1534 and SB 5604. They would not require the nominees of unqualified parties, or independent candidates, to run in the primary. That is good news. Unfortunately, the petitions he is proposing require a separate petition for each statewide
Chicago holds a non-partisan municipal election in February, with run-offs in April. This year 79 candidates for Chicago city office (mostly alderman) had to fight off challenges to their nominating petitions. The Board of Elections has upheld approximately half the challenges, and some of those candidates are now suing to get back on the ballot.
Some of the major party presidential candidates have started making public appearances in Iowa. In particulary, Hillary Clinton just made her first public campaign appearance (as a presidential candidate) in that state. If you have an opportunity for a face-to-face conversation with a leading candidate for the presidential nomination of the major party, please ask
South Dakota State Senator Frank Kloucek will introduce a bill on January 29 to make it easier for parties to remain qualified in his state. And West Virginia Delegate Barbara Fleischauer has just introduced a bill (number not yet assigned) to move the minor party and independent candidate petition deadline from May to August (the
On January 29, a bill will be introduced in the Vermont legislature to use Instant-Runoff Voting for one or two particular statewide state offices. The bill may have as many as 50 co-sponsors, and the bill is backed by the Secretary of State.
Two bills pending in the Colorado legislature would let any resident over the age of 18 circulate any type of petition. They are HB 1085 and SB 83. Current law does not let anyone circulate an independent candidate petition for district or county office (or, a petition to get a candidate on a primary ballot)