For the 2016 election, Delaware requires parties to have at least 653 registered voters. The February 1 tally shows the Greens only have 631, below the requirement. However the party has until August to increase its registration.
Only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders submitted petitions to be on the New York Democratic presidential primary. The deadline was February 4.
So far, the New York Democratic presidential primary is the first major party ballot in 2016 with only two names.
On February 4, the Arizona House passed HB 2456 by 40-16. This is the National Popular Vote Plan bill.
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).
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.
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Cleveland convention, then all delegates must vote for the candidate they are pledged to, even if that candidate has withdrawn.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.