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Oregon May Legalize Fusion

Published on June 30, 2005, by in General.

On June 30, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3021 by a vote of 49-2. It would let two parties jointly nominate the same candidate. A candidate who was the nominee of two different parties would be listed once on the November ballot, with the names of both parties adjacent to his or her

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Independence Party Victory Survives

Published on June 30, 2005, by in General.

On June 27, the US Court of Appeals, 2nd circuit, refused to disturb the Independence Party’s victory last year, on the issue of whether the party had the right to let independent voters vote in its primary. One county unit of the Independence Party (Richmond County, which is Staten Island) had passed a resolution saying

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Indiana Ends Subsidy to Dems, Reps

Published on June 27, 2005, by in General.

On May 12, the Governor of Indiana signed SB 467, which ends a subsidy to political parties that polled more than 10% of the vote in the last Secretary of State’s election. The subsidy consisted of most of the state revenues from the sale of personalized auto license plates. The Libertarian Party had sued against

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1st Circuit Ruling on Initiative Subject Matter

Published on June 26, 2005, by in General.

On June 24, the First Circuit upheld a Massachusetts law that says the initiative process cannot be used to pass a new law pertaining to religious institutions. The same court also upheld a companion law, that the initiative process cannot be used to pass a new law mandating financial aid to private schools. The plaintiffs

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Ohio Bill Delayed

Published on June 22, 2005, by in General.

Ohio’s Sub. HB 3, which (among other things) would provide that voters may register into particular parties on their voter registration forms, is likely to be tabled for the remainder of the summer. Sub. HB 3 is an election law omnibus bill, but currently it has no ballot access improvements in it, even though three

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Florida Bill Signed

Published on June 21, 2005, by in General.

On June 20, Florida’s Governor signed HB1567, which (among other things) clarifies the definition of “national political party”. A “national political party” can place its presidential nominee on the general election ballot with no petition, but the law in the past did not define “national political party”. The new law says it is a party

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