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Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Threatened with Removal from Ballot

Kansas City, Missouri, held a non-partisan primary for city office on April 7. The incumbent Mayor, Sly James, was the overwhelming favorite, winning over 84% of the vote against two opponents. The vote was: James 19,884; Vincent Lee 2,112; CLay Chastain 1,456. However, the city requires a second round on June 23, even for candidates

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North Carolina House Passes Bill Making Some Judicial Elections Partisan

On April 20, the North Carolina House passed HB 8 by a vote of 69-48. It converts elections for Justice of the Supreme Court, and Judges on State Appeals Courts, from non-partisan elections to partisan elections. These judicial elections had been partisan in the past, but were converted to non-partisan elections effective with the 2004

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Nevada Assembly Defeats Bill to Make County Elective Executive Offices Non-Partisan

On April 21, the Nevada Assembly defeated AB 320. It would have converted all county executive elected offices from partisan to non-partisan elections. All 17 of the Democrats voted “no.” Republicans mostly voted “yes”; there were 18 Republicans who voted for the bill and 7 who voted “no.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Colorado Secret Voting Case; Makes No Decision on Eric O’Keefe Case

On April 27, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Citizen Center v Colorado Secretary of State, 14-998, which could have resolved whether the U.S. Constitution protects secrecy in voting. Also on April 27, the U.S. Supreme Court did not decide whether or not to hear O’Keefe v Chisholm, 14-872. This case concerns whether Wisconsin

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Will Introduce a Bill to Require All States to Let Applicants Register to Vote On-Line

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will soon introduce a bill to require states to let individuals register to vote on-line. See this story. The U.S. Constitution will require the bill to apply only to federal elections. If the bill were to pass, though, it is likely that states would then make that procedure applicable to

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Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chair of Commission on Presidential Debates, Says Commission is Thinking Whether to Scrap the 15% Rule

This op-ed by Michael Smerconish in the Philadelphia Inquirer is partly an opinion piece, but it is also a news story. The bottom half of the column quotes Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, as saying the CPD is studying whether to eliminate the rule that says no one outside the

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