On February 28, HB 687 was introduced in the Illinois house. It relaxes the law that requires qualified parties to certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates by the end of August. Since the Republican Party’s national convention won’t choose the national ticket until September 3 and 4, this bill is needed, to make sure the
On February 28, ten Oregon state representatives introduced HB 3040, to legalize fusion. Six of the sponsors are Democrats and four are Republicans. There will soon be a fusion bill in Maine as well.
The Constitution Party’s national committee will meet in Boise, Idaho, April 20-21, 2007. The committee will choose the location of the party’s 2008 national convention, which will be in the spring of 2008.
On February 27, the Oklahoma State Court of Appeals upheld Oklahoma’s laws on how a new or previously unqualified party may appear on the ballot. The case is Libertarian Political Organization v Clingman, no. 103,592. The vote was 3-0. The party will appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which may choose whether or not to
As has been noted, on February 26 the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Washington state’s appeal in the “top-two” case. The state’s first brief on the merits in the U.S. Supreme Court is due on April 12. Then the briefs of the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Parties are due on May 17, with the
On February 27, Florida held a special legislative election in the 3rd House district (northwest Florida). The results were Republican 55.6%, Democratic 44.4%. The last time this seat was up, in November 2006, the vote had been Republican 62.4%, Democratic 37.6%.