On June 30, a U.S. District Court held a hearing in Judge v Quinn, the case over whether Illinois must hold a special U.S. Senate election on November 2, 2010, to fill the last two months of the U.S. Senate seat that became vacant when President Obama resigned from the U.S. Senate. The judge indicated
On June 28, California SB 1203 was placed on the inactive file in the Assembly. This probably means the bill is dead. The bill required petition circulators to wear badges, saying whether they are paid or not, and also saying what county the circulator is registered in. If the circulator was not a registered voter,
This Washington Post story says many influential West Virginians are talking about holding a special election to fill U.S. Senator Robert Byrd’s seat this November.
The June 29 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this op-ed by Chris Valley, criticizing the Georgia ballot access laws for statewide independents. The op-ed does not mention that the law for independent candidates for district and county office is even worse. Valley supports Brad Bryant, the independent candidate for State School Superintendent.
On June 14, 2010, the national convention of the League of Women Voters, meeting in Atlanta, endorsed the National Popular Vote Plan. The plan, if implemented, would result in the election of the presidential candidate who had received the most popular votes in the entire nation.
Rhode Island bill H7894 is now law. The Governor declined to either sign it or veto it, so it becomes law without his signature. It tells towns and cities in Rhode Island that they must let voters sign as many petitions for competing candidates as they wish. The new law will settle two pending federal