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Kansas and Arizona ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuit on Federal Voter Registration Form

On March 24, the states of Kansas and Arizona asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kobach v U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 14-1164.  This is the dispute over whether those states can require the federal government to alter the postcard voter registration forms in those two states.  The form asks applicants to sign over penalty

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Tentative Minutes of 2015 COFOE Board Meeting Available On-Line

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) is a very loose coalition of most of the nation’s active nationally-organized minor parties, along with other organizations that care about their election law problems.  It was founded in 1985 in New York city.  The Board meets in person once per year.  It met on March 14,

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Vermont Progressive Party Nominee for Lieutenant Governor Ordered to Pay $72,000 Because he Allegedly Broke Campaign Finance Law

In November 2014, Dean Corren was the Progressive Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor.  He was also nominated by the Democratic Party, and he received 36.1% of the general election vote.  Now the Attorney General, William Sorrell, has sued Corren, saying that an e-mail sent by the Vermont Democratic Party to its list of supporters, inviting

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill Abolishing Presidential Primary

On March 25, the Kansas Senate passed SB 239 unanimously.  It abolishes the presidential primary.  Kansas hasn’t actually had a presidential primary since 1992.  Ever since, the legislature always suspends it before any particular presidential election year.  Thanks to Josh Putnam for this news.  The bill now goes to the House, where a similar bill

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Arizona Senate Tentatively Passes Bill to Make Primary Ballot Access More Difficult for Libertarians

On March 24, the Arizona Senate tentatively passed HB 2608, which makes it more difficult for Libertarian candidates to get on the Libertarian Party primary ballot.  Current law says a member of a small qualified party that is not a new party needs signatures from one-half of 1% of the party’s members.  The bill says

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Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Missouri Law that Criminalizes Anonymous Handbills Commenting on Candidates

On March 18, an anonymous individual filed a federal lawsuit against a Missouri law that makes it a crime for anyone to circulate a handbill commenting on a candidate for public office, if the handbill doesn’t identify the person paying for the literature.  John Doe v Weedman, w.d., 2:15cv-4054. The plaintiff wants to circulate literature

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