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Arizona Governor Signs Bill to List Vice-Presidential Nominees on Arizona Ballot

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

On April 27, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2335. It says that vice-presidential nominees’ names should be printed on November ballots. As a result, North Dakota is the only state which does not print the names of vice-presidential nominees on November ballots. HB 2335 had started out as a bill to also delete the

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Tennessee Senate Again Postpones Consideration of Ballot Access Bill

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

On April 28, the Tennessee Senate, which had been set to debate the ballot access bill that day, postponed that bill until May 5. The Senate bill, SB 935, has seven amendments pending, some of which lower the number of signatures needed for a new party to get on the ballot. One amendment proposes 10,000

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South Carolina Republican Party Asks for Clarification in Open Primary Lawsuit

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

As noted earlier, on March 30, a U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina ruled that the Republican Party cannot close its primary to non-members, on the grounds that the party is always free to nominate by convention if it wishes. On April 27, the Republican Party filed a brief with the U.S. District Court,

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Indiana Election Bill Amended so that Democrats May Soon Gain Indiana Secretary of State Position

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

One of the Indiana legislature’s omnibus election law bills has been amended again, so that now, if current Republican Secretary of State Charlie White is removed from office, the office will go to the Democratic nominee. White is fairly likely to be removed soon, because he registered at a precinct at which he didn’t live,

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Michigan Supreme Court Won't Hear Socialist Party Ballot Access Case

Published on April 27, 2011, by in General.

On April 25, the Michigan Supreme Court issued this order, refusing to hear Socialist Party of Michigan v Secretary of State, 142163. The party had complained that Michigan requires almost twice as many signatures for a new party to get on the ballot, than it requires votes for an old party to remain on the

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Oklahoma House Passes "Birth Certificate" Bill for Presidential Candidates

Published on April 27, 2011, by in General.

On the evening of April 27, the Oklahoma House passed SB 91, which requires candidates in presidential primaries to submit a copy of a birth certificate. The bill has been amended since it left the Senate, so it will need to return to the Senate. The vote in the House was 77-13, which means that

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