The United States Agency for International Development, a government agency established in 1961 (USAID) in 2014 published recommendations to debate sponsors around the world. USAID recommended that debate sponsors be inclusive when they decide which parties and candidates to invite. See this article in The Intercept by Lee Fang.
Although Indiana still has a straight-ticket device, this year the device does not apply to partisan races in which more than one person is to be elected. This interesting article in the Terre Haute daily newspaper, the Tribune Star, discusses the consequences, with much emphasis on independent and minor party candidates.
The Hill has this commentary by Jill Stein about the general election debates. Thanks to Hugh Esco for the link.
On September 28, a Michigan state court refused to order Wayne County to reprint its ballots. The plaintiffs had sought to have the ballots reprinted to remove the name of Ruth Carter as a candidate for re-election to state district court. Carter filed for re-election but then retired from the bench. If she is re-elected, she won’t take the office and the vacancy will be filled by appointment. See this story. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the link.
This ACLU press release says that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has finally agreed to recognize all voters who filled out voter registration forms, and to inform them that they are properly registered. He made this concession shortly before he had to face contempt of court charges.
An Alaska state trial court is trying to determine who won Alaska’s Democratic primary in the 40th state house district. See this story, which says that a decision on the proper winner is not expected until October 7.