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TIME Magazine Says it Costs $20 Million to Get an Independent Presidential Candidate on the Ballot in All States

TIME Magazine’s August 24, 2015 issue has a story, “The Knives Come Out for Donald Trump, but he’s not going anywhere.” It says, “Mounting an independent campaign would require Trump to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures to get on ballots in 50 states, which would mean an investment of at least double the more

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Canada News Story Explains How Political Parties get Recognized under Canada Law, and Lists all Qualified Parties

This interesting Canada news story explains how political parties become registered with the government. The procedure is quite easy, and there are several dozen parties. Candidates for House of Commons get on the ballot by collecting 100 signatures and paying a filing fee of $1,000, part of which is refunded if they follow campaign finance

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California Bill Setting Up Rules for Green Party Presidential Primary Moves Ahead

On August 27, California AB 477 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, and will probably receive a vote on the Senate floor soon. The original bill that had passed the Assembly on May 14 only dealt with procedures concerning voters who vote by mail and who forget to sign the outer envelope. The original bill had

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Former New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk Files Paperwork Listing Herself as State Chair of Women’s Equality Party

Former New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has filed a list of party officers and bylaws for the Women’s Equality Party of New York, listing herself as state chair. She was a Democratic State Senator for two years, 2013-2015. Here is a link to her filing. Here is a link to the wikipedia page about

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Nielsen Merksamer, Law Firm That Always Intervenes in Lawsuits over California Top-Two, Asks U.S. Supreme Court Not to Hear Top-Two Case

Nielsen Merksamer, the California law firm that always intervenes in cases having anything to do with California’s top-two has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Rubin v Padilla. Rubin v Padilla is the minor party lawsuit that argues the top-two system injures voting rights in the general election. The Nielsen Merksamer brief says,

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California Tells U.S. Supreme Court it Doesn’t Wish to Respond to Cert Petition in Top-Two Case

Attorneys for the state of California have notified the U.S. Supreme Court that the state does not intend to file any response to the cert petition in the minor party lawsuit against the top-two system. This is fairly common behavior for states at this stage. If the U.S. Supreme Court later decides it wants a

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