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US Supreme Court sets Conference Date for Nader Texas Case

Published on February 26, 2005, by in General.

The US Supreme Court will probably provide a clue on March 21, as to whether it is interested in Nader’s Texas appeal. Chances are the Court will either reject Nader’s appeal that day, or will ask Texas to submit a brief. One issue is whether a state can force an independent presidential candidate to collect

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Arizona May Reduce Number of Signatures for New Parties in Mid-term Years

Published on February 26, 2005, by in General.

Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson won informal consent from the State Senate on February 24 to add a amendment to SB1205. Current law requires a new party to submit a petition signed by 1.33% of the last vote cast. Her amendment would change the base of the percentage, to the last vote cast in a

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San Diego Write-in Case Still Alive

Published on February 24, 2005, by in General.

On February 24, the plaintiffs in the San Diego write-in lawsuit filed a notice of appeal to the California State Court of Appeals. Lawrence v Murphy. The issue is whether all of write-in votes cast for Donna Frye should be counted. The lower court had said write-ins could not be counted if the voter didn’t

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US Supreme Court Asks Oregon to Respond to Nader

Published on February 22, 2005, by in General.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that on February 17, they asked the Oregon Secretary of State to file a brief, explaining why the Court shouldn’t accept Ralph Nader’s ballot access appeal. This is a good sign that the Court is interested in the case. Oregon had already told the Court last month that it

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Kentucky Ballot Access Bill Passes House

Published on February 18, 2005, by in General.

Yesterday, Kentucky HB141 passed the House unanimously and went to the Senate. It makes two minor improvements in the ballot access laws. It deletes the requirement that minor party and independent presidential candidates must file a declaration of candidacy on April 1 of an election year. Also, it lets minor party and independent presidential candidate

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Louisiana Libertarian Party Now a Qualified Party

Published on February 17, 2005, by in General.

Yesterday, the Louisiana Libertarian Party became a qualified party in that state. Under a law passed in 2004, any unqualified party that has at least 1,000 registered members, and which pays a one-time fee of $1,000, becomes a qualified party. The Reform Party also has over 1,000 registered members in Louisiana, but it hasn’t paid

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