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South Dakota Newspaper Story about Successful Referendum Petition Aimed at Bad Ballot Access Law

The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, the largest newspaper in South Dakota, has this story about the referendum drive that attacks SB 69. SB 69, signed into law earlier this year, made restrictive changes for ballot access. As a result of the referendum petition’s success, the law won’t be in effect in 2016 and voters will decide whether to repeal it.

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Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Voted for Constitution Party Presidential Candidate in 2004

Kentucky holds a gubernatorial election on November 3, 2015. The Republican nominee is Matt Bevin. According to this story, some time ago Bevin told various people that he voted for Michael Peroutka for President in 2004. Peroutka was the Constitution Party nominee.

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New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Make Voting and Registration Easier

On June 29, the New Jersey legislature passed AB 4613, which provides for early voting, online voter registration, and automatic registration for everyone who obtains a state drivers license or ID.

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New Study Shows that Listing Candidates Alphabetically Helps Those Whose Surnames Come Early in the Alphabet

Professor Barry Edwards has published this study which shows that when states list candidates on the ballot in alphabetical order, those whose surnames start with letters near the beginning of the alphabet are more likely to be elected. Thanks to Election Administration Reports for the link.

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June 2015 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News
June 1, 2015 – Volume 31, Number 1


This issue was printed on white paper.



Table of Contents

  1. THREE PENNSYLVANIA BALLOT ACCESS RESTRICTIONS STRUCK DOWN
  2. CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR TOP-TWO CASE
  3. OKLAHOMA BALLOT ACCESS BILL SIGNED
  4. NEVADA BALLOT ACCESS BILL PASSES
  5. NEW MEXICO LOSS
  6. SIXTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS MICHIGAN BALLOT ACCESS LAW
  7. COURT CLEARS WAY FOR TRIAL ON GEORGIA BALLOT ACCESS
  8. OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY SPENT $300,000 TO KEEP LIBERTARIANS OFF IN 2014
  9. U.S. SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS CASE ON TEXAS REDISTRICTING
  10. LAWSUIT NEWS
  11. LEGISLATIVE NEWS
  12. BOOK REVIEW: THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF AMERICA
  13. MULTI-PARTY PAST OF US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
  14. WORKING FAMILIES PARTY NOMINEE WINS NEW YORK LEGISLATIVE SEAT
  15. BERNIE SANDERS APPEARS TO JOIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
  16. CANADIAN POLL SHOCKER
  17. DEBATES COMMISSION ASKS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
  18. BRITISH ELECTION
  19. FOX NEWS SETS RULES FOR FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
  20. PUERTO RICO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
  21. SUBSCRIBING TO BAN WITH PAYPAL

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South Dakota Referendum Petition for Ballot Access Law Has Enough Valid Signatures

The South Dakota Secretary of State has determined that the referendum petition concerning this year’s ballot access bill has enough valid signatures, so the voters will vote on the bill on November 8, 2016. The bill, SB 69, was signed into law earlier this year. It makes ballot access worse for newly-qualifying parties, independent candidates, and candidates seeking a place on a primary ballot.

Because the referendum petition has enough valid signatures, the law it challenges won’t go into effect for 2016. The AFL-CIO and the South Dakota Democratic Party did most of the work of collecting the signatures. The requirement was 13,871 signatures, and the campaign submitted 16,819.

Coincidentally, the ACLU is suing over one provision of SB 69, the part of the bill that moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from March 29 to March 1. It seems somewhat likely that the state will now try to persuade the judge to put a freeze on the lawsuit until after the November 8, 2016 election. However, there is at least one precedent from Ohio that says challenged ballot access restrictions are ripe for a court decision, whether that law has been subject to an upcoming referendum or not.

It is also possible the 2016 session of the South Dakota legislature will amend or repeal SB 69. In the recent past, the Arizona and Ohio legislatures repealed restrictive election laws after the legislators learned that the voters had forced a referendum. The legislators in those two states preferred to repeal their own laws rather than face the possibility the voters would reject those laws.