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Level the Playing Field Files Updated Lawsuit on General Election Presidential Debates

On August 27, Level the Playing Field, Peter Ackerman, the Libertarian Party, and the Green Party filed this new complaint against the Federal Election Commission. Like the similar complaint filed on June 22, this lawsuit concerns general election presidential debates. The complaint is 42 pages. A new complaint was needed because the first one is

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Emily Mathews May Try to Revive Her 1787 Party

In 2013, Emily Mathews, a former Texan who had moved to New York city, attempted to start a new political party called the 1787 Party. The group announced it would try to qualify in Texas for the 2014 election. Later it changed its mind and did not do that. But according to the group’s web

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Fairvote and Center for Competitive Democracy File Amicus Brief in California Top-Two Lawsuit

On August 27, Fairvote and the Center for Competitive Democracy filed this amicus curiae brief in Rubin v Padilla, the California case which argues that the top-two system unconstitutionally restricts voter choice in general elections for Congress and partisan state office.

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U.S. District Court Upholds New Hampshire Law that Makes it Illegal to Circulate Party Petition in Odd Years

On August 27, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro upheld a 2014 New Hampshire law that makes it illegal for a group to circulate a petition to get itself on the ballot in odd years. Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v Gardner, 1:14cv-322. Although the decision is 42 pages long, it completely ignores the prime

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Kansas State Court Judge Keeps ACLU Lawsuit on Voter Registration Forms Alive

On August 26, a Kansas state court denied Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s request to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit concerning voter registration forms. See this story. After Kobach lost in federal court on whether he could force the federal government to change its voter registration forms used in Kansas, he had set up a dual

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Maine Green Party Opens its Primaries to Independent Voters

The Maine Green Party (whose name is the Green Independent Party) has voted to allow independent voters to vote in its primaries, and they need not join the Green Party. See this story. The two major parties in Maine also let independent voters vote in their primaries, but only if they join those parties at

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