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Concord, New Hampshire Newspaper Publishes Letter Accusing New Hampshire of Selfishness for Always Wanting to Have First Presidential Primary

Published on December 30, 2010, by in General.

The Concord, New Hampshire Monitor has this letter to the editor from a former resident of New Hampshire who now lives in Oregon, David Appell.  The letter-writer scolds New Hampshire for its insistence on always holding the first presidential primary, and also for insisting that no caucus be held during the week after the New

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Alaska State Senator to Introduce Bill Clarifying Which Write-ins are Valid

Published on December 30, 2010, by in General.

Alaska State Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) says he will introduce a bill to clarify which write-in votes are valid and which are not.  See this story.  One imagines that if Senator Wielechowski were ever to be a write-in candidate, he would not be comfortable with any law that requires write-in votes to be spelled perfectly.

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Washington State Bill Would Require All-Mail Ballots in All Counties

Published on December 30, 2010, by in General.

Washington state representative Sam Hunt has introduced HB 1002, to require all counties in Washington state to use only mail ballots.  Currently, all counties in the state except Pierce County vote entirely by mail.  The bill would force Pierce County to give up its polling places.  See this story.  Currently, Oregon is the only state

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For Second Time, Illinois Asks for More Time to Respond to U.S. Supreme Court in Roland Burris Case

Published on December 29, 2010, by in General.

On December 29, the U.S. Supreme Court again gave Illinois an extension of time in which to respond in Burris v Judge, 10-367.  Illinois’ response was originally due on November 3, but the state had asked for an extension until January 7, 2011.  That was granted, and now the state has been given another extension,

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Green, Libertarian Parties Almost Finished with Maryland 2012 Petition Drives

Published on December 29, 2010, by in General.

The Maryland Green Party has 14,613 signatures on its petition to be on the ballot in 2012 and 2014.  The Maryland Libertarian Party has 10,200 signatures on its petition.  The requirement is 10,000.  Both parties have rushed to finish these petitions, because if they submit at least 10,000 raw signatures by January 4, 2011, the

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Congress Adjourns Without Passing Bill Restricting Partisan Activities of Secretaries of State

Published on December 29, 2010, by in General.

Congress adjourned on December 22 without having passed HR512, the bill to prohibit the chief Election Officer of any state from taking an active part in the campaign of any candidates for federal office.  The House had passed the bill easily on September 28, by a vote of 296-129.  But the Senate merely referred the

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