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Seattle City Council Candidate Off Ballot Because Her Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee was Five Valid Signatures Short

Seattle holds city council elections this year. Washington state election law says that candidates get on the ballot by filing fee, or by petition in lieu of filing fee. The Seattle filing fee for city council is $1,000; or candidates can submit 1,000 valid signatures. Amanda Helmick chose to submit a petition instead of a

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Los Angeles Times Misinforms Readers About Possible Effect of Future U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Redistricting

This story in the Los Angeles Times suggests that the future U.S. Supreme Court decision Evenwel v Abbott, 14-940, might cause California and Texas to lose seats in the U.S. House. One must read the entire article to realize it isn’t true. At the very end, election law professor Rick Hasen points out that the

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Roger Stone Will Probably Seek Libertarian Party Nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2016

This story says Roger Stone has expressed an intent to be the Florida Libertarian Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in 2016. The story includes Stone’s announcement.

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Libertarian Party Asks Massachusetts Secretary of State to Allow Circulation of Presidential Petition Before Party Knows its Nominees

The Libertarian Party has asked Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin for a ruling on petitions concerning presidential elections. The party won’t choose its national ticket until the end of May, 2016. Massachusetts permits independent candidate petitions, and petitions for the nominees of unqualified parties, to start circulating in February of the election year. However,

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Minnesota Bill Signed that Limits Circulation of the Petition for a New Party to One-Year Period

On May 22, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed SF 455, which says that the petition to create a new ballot-qualified party must be completed within one year. Previously the group circulating such a petition could take as long as it wishes. The petition for a new party requires the signatures of 5% of the last

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Verified Voting Web Page Displays Type of Vote-Counting Equipment for all Jurisdictions

Verified Voting has this useful chart that enables one to know how each jurisdiction in the U.S. votes. Click on any particular state to see a county-by-county breakdown.