Vermont Governor Signs Ballot Access Improvement Bill

On May 28, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed SB 86, which moves the petition deadline for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, from June to August. The change takes effect next year. Because this bill passed, there are only four states with independent presidential deadlines earlier than July: North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, and Illinois. The Illinois Libertarian Party is currently challenging the Illinois deadline in U.S. District Court.

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