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Washington Appeals Top-Two Case

Published on July 30, 2005, by in General.

On July 29, Washington state, and the Grange, asked the 9th circuit to overturn the U.S. District Court ruling that the “top-two” primary violates the associational rights of political parties. Also on July 29, the U.S. District Court issued its final order in the case, with details on how this year’s partisan elections will be

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Oregon Primary Screen-out Signed Into Law

Published on July 22, 2005, by in General.

Unfortunately, on July 21, Oregon HB 2614 was signed into law by Governor Ted Kulongoski. It makes it illegal for any voter to sign an independent candidate petition and vote in the primary.

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Ohio Court Dates Set

Published on July 19, 2005, by in General.

The US Court of Appeals, 6th circuit, will hear Libertarian Party of Ohio v Blackwell on September 14, 2005. The issues are (1) whether a state can require a group to qualify as a party an entire year before the election; (2) whether the state can change the petition format slightly after a party is

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Bush Choice for US Supreme Court

Published on July 19, 2005, by in General.

Judge John C. Roberts, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, has never heard a case involving minor parties or independent candidates, or any case on the rights of political parties in general. He has only been a Judge since June 2003. The D.C. circuit never gets ballot access cases. That circuit does

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Missouri Governor Vetoes Ballot Access Bill

Published on July 17, 2005, by in General.

Missouri’s Governor vetoed HB 525 several weeks ago. This is the bill that makes a small but important improvement in the state’s ballot access law. This site reported he had signed it. The error was the state’s; the legislative web page said he had signed it, when this was not true. This news is very

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Federal Court Says Top-Two Is Unconstitutional

Published on July 17, 2005, by in General.

On July 15, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly declared that the Washington state “top-two” system is unconstitutional. Washington State Republican Party v Logan, 05-927-Z. The decision is a victory for the state’s Democratic, Republican and Libertarian Parties. The state said it would appeal to the 9th circuit. Assuming Judge Zilly’s ruling stands, this year’s

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