Mexico voted for president on Sunday, July 2. Five parties were on the ballot for president. Preliminary results, which will be changing constantly for the next few days, are: Felipe Calderon (Nat. Action) 36.38%; Andres Lopez Obrador (Dem. Rev.) 35.34%; Robert Madrazo (Institutional Revolutionary) 21.57%; Patricia Mercado (Social-Democratic and Rural Alternative) 2.81%; Roberto Campa (New Alliance) .99%.
Bill Redpath, elected national chair of the Libertarian Party in Portland, Oregon on July 2, is on the Board of the Center for Voting and Democracy (www.fairvote.org), which advocates proportional representation for legislative bodies, and instant-runoff voting for elections with a single person to be elected (such as president). At the debate (held the day before the vote), Redpath clearly emphasized his belief that this type of election change is needed, in order for the Libertarian Party to become truly influential. One of Redpath’s opponents attacked alternative voting systems. However, Redpath won a 3-person race with 64% of the vote.
The convention also vastly shortened the party’s national platform. For a very detailed and very objective report on the convention, see http://thirdpartywatch.com.
On July 10, the 3rd circuit will hear arguments in Rogers v Cortes, 06-2241. This is the minor party ballot access case. The case is being expedited so a decision will be in time for this year’s election.
Delaware House Bill 10, which would have outlawed fusion, failed to pass, and the legislature has now gone home for the year.
No Democrat will be on the November ballot this year for US Senate in Indiana. The only two candidates listed will be a Republican and a Libertarian. This is the eleventh time in the last 16 years in which one of the major parties had not nominated in a US Senate race. The other instances have been: no Republican in Massachusetts 2002, Arkansas 1990 and Georgia 1990; no Democrat in Idaho 2004, Kansas 2002, Mississippi 2002, Virginia 2002, Mississippi 1990, and Virginia 1990.
In April 2006, the Alabama legislature passed HB 51, which was intended to move the presidential primary from June to February. However, the bill was drafted so that it actually moves the primary for all office, not just president, to February. Since the petition deadline for minor parties and independents candidates (other than president) is tied to the date of the primary, that had the indirect result of moving the petition deadlines to February. Already various minor parties and independent candidates have a case in the 11th circuit against the June deadline. In 1991 the 11th circuit had struck down Alabama’s then deadline of April, so clearly the new law is unconstitutional. The legislature has gone home for the year and can’t fix the problem until next year.