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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Term Limits for County Office

Published on March 31, 2006, by in General.

On March 29, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of term limits for county elected officials, in those counties that have such term limits. Bailey v County of Shelby, W2005-1508. The decision has caused consternation in Knox County, since filing for the primary has already closed for those offices, and some county officials running

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California Democrat Wins Court Case, Remains on Ballot

Published on March 29, 2006, by in General.

On March 27, Democratis State Senate candidate Lou Correa won his ballot access lawsuit. A state court rejected attempts by Correa’s opponent, Assemblyman Tom Umberg, to remove Correa from the primary ballot. The issue was a state law that says candidates seeking a place on the primary need 40 signatures, but can’t turn in more

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Louisiana Closed Primary Bill Advances

Published on March 29, 2006, by in General.

On March 29, Louisiana Senate Bill 18 passed the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously. This was quick action, since the legislature has only been in session since March 27. The bill only applies to congressional elections. It would let each party decide for itself whether to invite independents into its primary. The current system is

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Ex-Felon Legal Victory in Washington State

Published on March 28, 2006, by in General.

On March 27, a state court in Washington state struck down a statute that prevented a class of ex-felons from registering to vote. The class includes those who have served their prison time, but are still paying off fines. The plaintiffs are low-income, and at the rate they are paying off their fines, it will

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Interesting Lawsuit Filed in Missouri

Published on March 27, 2006, by in General.

On March 27, a Missouri Democrat filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State, because she refused to let him appear on the Democratic primary ballot for U.S. House, 7th district. The Secretary of State refused to accept his candidacy because the Democratic Party of Missouri said the candidate, Glenn Miller, is a white supremacist

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IRV Gain in South Carolina

Published on March 27, 2006, by in General.

On March 24, South Carolina House Bill 3720 was signed into law. It provides for Instant-Runoff Voting in primaries, for overseas absentee voters. Louisiana and Arkansas already have similar laws. Run-off primaries (which exist only in the south) are a problem for overseas absentee voters, since mail service to many overseas locations doesn’t permit ballots

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