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Arkansas Libertarian Party Petition Passes the Half-way Mark

The Arkansas Libertarian Party now has almost 10,000 signatures on its petition to regain party status. The law requires 10,000 valid signatures, so the drive is more than half done. Assuming the drive succeeds, the party will then be on the ballot for president in 31 states. Four years ago this month, it was on

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Nevada Bills for a Presidential Primary

Bills have passed committees in both houses of the Nevada legislature for a presidential primary, which would replace the state’s caucuses. SB 421 passed the Senate Legislative Operations & Elections Committee on April 10, and AB 302 passed the Assembly Legislative Operations & Elections Committee on April 9. The Senate bill is more specific and

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Alabama Ballot Access Bill Set for a Senate Vote, Week of April 27-May 1

Alabama SB 221 is likely to receive a vote on the Senate floor during the week of April 27-May 1. Bills that have passed committee and are awaiting a Senate vote “stand in line”, and SB 221 is now number nine in the list. The Alabama Senate usually holds floor sessions on two days a

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U.S. Supreme Court Had Two Election Law Cases at its April 24 Conference

On Friday, April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether or not to hear two election law cases. One is Citizen Center v Colorado Secretary of State, 14-998, over whether the U.S. Constitution protects secrecy in voting. Citizen Center had sued the Secretary of State, and six county election officials, in 2012 because the ballot-counting

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Philadelphia City Commissioner Can’t Run for Re-Election Because She Lacked Four Valid Signatures

On April 23, a Pennsylvania state appeals court refused to put Stephanie Singer on the Democratic primary ballot. She is an incumbent City Commissioner who wants to run for re-election. She needed 1,000 valid signatures. She submitted 1,485 but the trial court found that only 996 signatures were valid. Afterwards, she obtained affidavits from 16

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Maine Bill to Ask Voters if they Wish to Repeal Public Funding Gets Frosty Reception at Committee Hearing

On April 24, the Maine Joint Veterans & Legal Affairs Committee took testimony on LD 1290. That bill would ask the voters in November 2016 if they wish to repeal public funding for campaigns for state office. The bill faced a torrent of criticism from committee members. See this story.