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Several Existing California Ballot Access Laws are Vulnerable to Legal Challenge

Published on May 30, 2010, by in General.

Some well-meaning electoral reformers support California’s Proposition 14, the top-two measure on the June 8, 2010, ballot, because they are very dissatisfied with the status quo, and they feel that anything that changes the election system must be beneficial. However, if Proposition 14 is defeated, there is substantial reason to believe that some of California’s

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Two New York Parties with "Libertarian" in Names Likely to Appear on Ballot This Year

Published on May 30, 2010, by in General.

Kristin Davis plans to appear on the ballot in November 2010 as the gubernatorial nominee of the Free Libertarian Party. Warren Redlich plans to appear on that same ballot as the gubernatorial nominee of the Libertarian Party. New York law permits two different parties to each use the same word in their names. For example,

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California Senate Passes Bill to Require Circulators to Wear Badges

Published on May 30, 2010, by in General.

On May 28, the California State Senate passed SB 1203, which requires paid initiative circulators to wear a badge. The badge must say in 30-point font, “Paid Signature Gatherer”. The badge must also say the name of the county in California in which the petitioner is registered to vote, and if the circulator is not

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Colombia Presidential Election Today

Published on May 30, 2010, by in General.

Colombia’s presidential election is May 30. Polls indicate that no one will receive a majority. In that case, a run-off will be held on June 20. Polls also show that one of the two strongest candidates is the Green Party’s nominee, Antanas Mockus.

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California State Court Decides Lawsuit Between Two Factions of Los Angeles County Republican Party

Published on May 29, 2010, by in General.

Ever since 2009, two different individuals have been claiming to be the rightful county chair of the Los Angeles County, California, Republican Party. On May 28 a Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of one of those individuals. See this story.

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Arizona Legislator Removed from Office for Violating Public Funding Rules

Published on May 29, 2010, by in General.

The Arizona law for public funding of state candidates says that if someone takes public funding, but then disobeys the law and spends more private money than is authorized, that person should be removed from office, whether it is a legislator or an executive position. On May 28, the office that handles the public funding

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