New Mexico Good Ruling

On July 12, New Mexico’s Secretary of State ruled that parties are not disqualified until they have failed the vote test twice in a row. Therefore, the Green and Constitution Parties are qualified in New Mexico for 2006.

Maine Releases Registration Data

Maine’s Secretary of State has finally released the November 2004 registration data, the last state by far to do so. The new tally showed a significant increase in Green registration between June 2004 and November 2004, as well as modest increases in Democratic and independent registration, and a decrease for Republicans. Maine doesn’t tally now many members any other parties have.

Maine Greens now have 2.4% of that state’s registration. The only minor parties in any states with higher shares are the Alaskan Independence Party, the Independent American Party of Nevada (a unit of the Constitution Party), and the Independence Party of New York.

Democrats in Maine increased from 31.1% to 31.2%, whereas Republicans declined from 28.7% to 28.1%.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Criticizes U.S.

The OSCE (formal name for the Helsinki Accords) Parliamentary Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. for violating the accords, on July 5. Specifically, the U.S. was condemned for giving residents of the District of Columbia no voting representation in congress. 260 legislators from OSCE countries comprise the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly. This includes 12 members of congress from the U.S. Outside of the U.S. delegation, only two members voted against the resolution, a member from Canada and one from Denmark.

N.J. Presidential Primary Bill Signed

On July 7, New Jersey’s Governor signed A30, which moves the state’s presidential primary from June to the last Tuesday in February. He also signed A38, which provides for a blank line on the voter registration form in the question about choice of “political party”. In the past, the voter registration form itself didn’t ask about the voter’s choice of political party, but a separate form associated with the voter registration form did ask. Because the two forms were separate, many voters didn’t deal with the second form, so a small proportion of New Jersey voters had been members of any party.

James Stockdale Dies

On July 5, James Stockdale died at the age of 81. He had been Ross Perot’s running mate in 1992. He was the only individual running for vice-president who ever participated in a debate with the major party nominees for vice-president.

Louisiana Bill Signed

On July 1, Louisiana’s Governor signed SB 53, which moves the state’s congressional elections to late September. Only if no one gets 50% will a run-off be held, and such run-offs would be in November. Because the US Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that federal law forbids such timing (which Louisiana used between 1978 and 1996), it is likely that the new law will not go into effect. The state is under a federal court order to obey the 1997 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which was called Foster v Love.