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Illinois Attorney General’s Office Will Investigate Intimidation of Libertarian Petitioners and Petition Signers

Published on August 30, 2014,

According to this story, the Illinois Attorney General’s office will investigate reports of intimidation against Libertarian Party petitioners and people who signed the petition. Also see this Huffington Post story.

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Hawaii Governor Blames Primary Loss on Raiders Voting in Open Democratic Primary

Published on August 30, 2014,

According to this story, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie believes his recent loss in the Democratic primary is because voters who are not loyal to the Democratic Party chose to vote in the Democratic primary, and they voted against him. He thinks some voted against him, and for the winning Democrat, because the other Democrat will be easier to beat in the general election.

This is very ironic, because the Hawaii Democratic Party is in court, trying to establish a closed primary for itself, and Governor Abercrombie has spoken out against his own party’s lawsuit.

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Kentucky Libertarian Nominee for County Clerk Wins Residency Lawsuit, Will Remain on Ballot

Published on August 30, 2014,

On August 29, a trial state court in Kentucky ruled that Christopher Robinson should remain on the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for County Clerk of Kenton County. His ballot status had been challenged by the incumbent Republican, Gabrielle Summe, who is the only other candidate running. She hired a private detective to gather evidence that Robinson hasn’t lived in Kentucky for two years, which the law requires. The judge determined that Robinson has lived in Kentucky for two years. See this story.

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California Bill Making Miniscule Improvement in Ballot Access Dies

Published on August 29, 2014,

On August 29, California SB 1043 was put on the inactive file. Since the legislature will go home for the year either Friday night (August 29) or on Saturday (August 30), the bill is dead. It changed the wording on the petition for party status to delete the requirement that the petition say that the signers “represent” the party. In 2011, when Americans Elect became the first group to successfully circulate the party petition in California since 1948, the party omitted this language from the petition, but the Secretary of State accepted the petition anyway. Similar wording has been held unconstitutional in several other states. Petitions for parties to gain a place on the ballot can say that the signers desire the group to be put on the ballot, but they can’t say that the signers themselves represent the party.

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Independent Candidate Wins Procedural Ruling in Ballot Access Case in Baltimore

Published on August 29, 2014,

On August 29, independent candidate Russell Neverdon won a procedural ruling in state court in Baltimore, Maryland. His petition had been rejected for not having enough valid signatures. He needs 4,160 and submitted 5,686. His campaign checked the petition before it was submitted and believed it was sufficient, but the Baltimore city election officials said he is almost 1,000 short. He sued and on August 29, the judge agreed that he can present evidence that he has enough valid signatures. That will happen in court on Friday, September 5. Neverdon is running for State’s Attorney. If he doesn’t get on the ballot, only one name, the Democratic nominee, will be on the ballot.

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Former Democratic Nominee for Connecticut Legislative Seat Tries Again as an Independent

Published on August 29, 2014,

Cheryl Jansen was the Democratic nominee for Connecticut State House district 122 in both 2008 and 2010. This year, she is running for the same seat, but as an independent candidate. See this story.