In 2010, the California Libertarian Party ran two candidates for U.S. House who have unambiguously Hispanic surnames. They are Edward Gonzalez, an elementary school director in San Jose; and Carlos A. Rodriguez, an immigration lawyer in San Fernando. Each had opponents from both major parties. Gonzalez, running in the 16th district, polled 7.88%. Rodriguez, running
On December 30, 2010, Virginia filed this response brief in Libertarian Party of Virginia v Virginia State Board of Elections, the case pending in the 4th circuit over the requirement that only residents of a U.S. House district may circulate petitions for a candidate running in that district. Although the brief includes 23 pages of
Three more Alaska legislators, one a Republican, and two Democrats, have told the press they intend to work for a change in the law on counting write-ins. Each of these legislators expressed the idea that write-ins that are spelled incorrectly should still be valid. See this story. Another Alaska bill, which has not had publicity,
On December 29, Honolulu held a special non-partisan election to fill a vacant city council seat. Fourteen candidates ran. There is no provision for any run-off. The winner, Tom Berg, won with only 18.49% of the vote. See here for the election returns. Thanks to Brandon Henderson for the link.
On December 30, Alaska state officials certified the U.S. Senate election results, showing that Lisa Murkowski was re-elected. See this story. Thanks to Rick Hasen’s ElectionLawBlog for the link.
Government-printed ballots in the United States were first created in 1888, and almost from the start, opponents of new and minor political parties started manipulating the ballot access laws to keep certain parties off the ballot. The first such instance was in Nevada, when the 1893 legislature increased the petition requirement for new parties and