On December 20, the Florida Secretary of State disqualified the Socialist Workers Party, on the grounds that it has not complied with the 2011 law that required all parties to re-qualify. The new law required all parties to again submit a list of party officers, and to furnish certain other information about the party rules.
Each week, the Americans Elect web page reveals how many signatures have been collected nationwide. The latest tally shows 2,370,633, which is a gain of 57,554 during the preceding week. By comparison, the previous week had seen an increase of 60,042.
Alabama State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has introduced two bills to improve ballot access for minor parties and independent candidates. SB 15 would reduce petitions for a previously unqualified party from 3% of the last gubernatorial vote to 5,000 signatures, for statewide status. A party that wished to qualify in only part of the state
According to this story, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum have all joined Rick Perry’s lawsuit against the Virginia ballot access law for presidential primaries. The court’s website does not yet reflect this filing, but that is probably because court employees, like employees of many government offices and non-government offices alike, worked
Congressional Quarterly has just published “America Votes 2010”, a 465-page book of election returns from each state for Congress and Governor. The book is the 29th in the series. A similar book is published every two years. The author, as in recent past years, is Rhodes Cook. America Votes 2010 is the only reference book
Montana Supreme Court Upholds State Law Banning Corporations from Spending Money on Campaign Messages about Candidates
On December 30, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state law that makes it illegal for corporations to spend money, disseminating messages supporting or attacking candidates for state office. See this story. The vote was 5-2. Here is the 80-page opinion. The majority opinion is 29 pages, and the dissents are 51 pages. The case