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Libertarian Party Asks Massachusetts Secretary of State to Allow Circulation of Presidential Petition Before Party Knows its Nominees

The Libertarian Party has asked Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin for a ruling on petitions concerning presidential elections. The party won’t choose its national ticket until the end of May, 2016. Massachusetts permits independent candidate petitions, and petitions for the nominees of unqualified parties, to start circulating in February of the election year. However,

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Minnesota Bill Signed that Limits Circulation of the Petition for a New Party to One-Year Period

On May 22, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed SF 455, which says that the petition to create a new ballot-qualified party must be completed within one year. Previously the group circulating such a petition could take as long as it wishes. The petition for a new party requires the signatures of 5% of the last

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Verified Voting Web Page Displays Type of Vote-Counting Equipment for all Jurisdictions

Verified Voting has this useful chart that enables one to know how each jurisdiction in the U.S. votes. Click on any particular state to see a county-by-county breakdown.

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Canada Party System in Transition as New Democratic Party Appears to Supplant Liberal Party

Canada will hold a parliamentary election on October 19, 2015. Polls suggest that the New Democratic Party is in a virtual tie with the Conservative Party, with the Liberals trailing badly. For most of its life, the New Democratic Party has been a strong party but not one of the two largest parties. There seems

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Nevada Bill Easing Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Non-Presidential Independent Candidates Passes Legislature

On May 22, the Nevada Assembly passed SB 499, the bill that eases petition deadlines for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independent candidates. The bill now goes to the Governor. The bill moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from February

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Redistricting Case Next Term

On May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear Evenwel v Abbott, 14-940, a Texas redistricting case involving the State Senate districts. The plaintiffs are voters who live in a rural State Senate district. They argue that the 14th amendment requires that redistricting be based on the number of potential voters, not the

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