New York Assembly Overwhelmingly Votes to Move Independent Petition Deadline from August to June

On February 2, the New York Assembly passed AB 9108, which moves the deadline for independent candidate petitions, and the petitions for the nominees of unqualified parties, from August 23 to June 7. The bill also eliminates the September primary for state and local office. If the bill becomes law, the June primary now used for Congress would include state and local primaries as well. The vote was 123-18.

The petition deadline change is not necessary for the main purpose of the bill. No media in New York state has reported on the deadline change. If the bill is signed into law, only Texas will have an earlier independent presidential petition deadline. Courts in five other states have ruled that June is unconstitutionally early for independent candidate deadlines (Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Dakota).

Politico Piece Exaggerates Number of States in which Independents Can’t Participate in Democratic Party Presidential Contest

This piece in Politico urges Bernie Sanders to make a campaign issue out of the fact that in “half the states”, independent voters can’t participate in the process by which the Democratic Party chooses a presidential nominee. See the third paragraph from the bottom, in which the author, Jackie Salit, says “New Hampshire permits independents to vote. Half the states don’t.”

Actually, only twentyone states prevent independents from participating in the Democratic presidential caucuses and primaries. See this page from Bernie Sanders’ webpage, explaining the procedures in each state.

Iowa Republican Party Releases Official Tally from Caucus; Eight Presidential Candidates Won at least One Delegate

On February 3, the Iowa Republican Party released the final, official tally from the February 1 caucus. Eight candidates have at least one delegate: Cruz 8, Trump 7, Rubio 7, Carson 3, Paul 1, Bush 1, Fiorina 1, Kasich 1. Under Iowa Republican Party rules, if at least two candidates are placed in nomination at the Cleveland convention, then all delegates must vote for the candidate they are pledged to, even if that candidate has withdrawn. Thanks to FrontloadingHQ for the link, and also for the information that the Iowa delegates are bound on the first ballot to the candidate they were elected to represent, even if that candidate has withdrawn.