On January 31, the Kentucky presidential primary ballots were set. The Republican ballot will list Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and uncommitted. The Democratic ballot will list President Obama and uncommitted. Presidential candidates get on Kentucky primary ballots by presenting evidence that they are on the ballot in at least 20 other
This story describes the hearing held on January 31 in Washington, D.C., in the case over whether the Texas legislature’s redistricting plan for U.S. House and state legislature violate the Voting Rights Act.
Kentucky State Court Postpones Primary Filing for Legislative Candidates due to Redistricting Uncertainty
According to this story, a state court in Kentucky has postponed the filing deadline for legislative candidates running in major party primaries, for a week. This is because the district boundaries are under court challenge. The article also says that lawsuits over districting are occurring currently in 25 states.
On January 31, the Eleventh Circuit upheld Florida’s new initiative that says when U.S. House districts are drawn, the legislature must not favor or disfavor any political party or any incumbent. Here is the 32-page decision, Brown v Florida House of Representatives, 11-14554. The Florida initiative had been challenged by Democratic U.S. House member Corrine
Brad Blog has this story, which says Virginia law enforcement officials are looking into the possibility that a petitioner for Newt Gingrich may have forged names on petitions. It seems somewhat likely that no such investigation would now be occurring if Gingrich himself had not told an Iowa voter in public that “one guy” who
On January 30, the Illinois League of Women Voters asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear League of Women Voters of Illinois v Quinn. The issue is whether partisan gerrymandering violates the free speech portion of the First Amendment. Here is the League’s filing with the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused