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North Carolina Ballot Access Hearing Set

Published on May 31, 2011, by in General.

On June 1, the North Carolina House Elections Committee will hear HB 32, at 2:10 p.m. This is the bill that lowers the number of signatures for minor and new parties, and independent candidates. Thanks to Brian Irving for this news.

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Ohio Libertarian Activist Appointed to City Council of Perrysburg

Published on May 30, 2011, by in General.

On May 24, Todd Grayson, communications director for the Ohio Libertarian Party, was appointed to the city council of Perrysburg, Ohio. Perrysburg is a city of 21,000 in northwest Ohio. It has nonpartisan city elections. See this story, which does not mention his affiliation. Thanks to Kevin Knedler for this news.

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Final Brief Filed in U.S. District Court in Case Challenging Two Details of California Top-Two Law

Published on May 30, 2011, by in General.

On May 30, the plaintiffs in Chamness v Bowen filed this rebuttal brief. Chamness v Bowen is the federal lawsuit that challenges two particular details of California’s top-two primary election system: (1) although California prints write-in space on November ballots for Congress and state office, those write-ins can never be counted, even if a write-in

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History of John B. Anderson's 1980 Independent Presidential Candidacy About to be Published

Published on May 30, 2011, by in General.

Jim Mason’s book “No Holding Back: the 1980 John B. Anderson Presidential Campaign” is about to be published, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon. This book is considerably longer than an earlier history about that campaign, “Diary of a Dark Horse.” Anderson made history by being the first independent presidential candidate (as opposed to a

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German State of Bremen Joins Austria in Lowering Voting Age to Sixteen

Published on May 30, 2011, by in General.

One of Germany’s states, Bremen, has recently lowered the voting age to sixteen. See this story. The article says Austria had previously lowered the voting age to sixteen. Thanks to Sam Harley for the link.

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Texas Legislature Passes Bill Altering Non-Presidential Independent Petition Deadline

Published on May 29, 2011, by in General.

On Sunday, May 29, the Texas legislature passed SB 100. It leaves the date of the primary in March, but moves the runoff primary from April to the fourth Tuesday in May. Because the current law says independent candidate petitions (for office other than President) are due 30 days after the runoff primary, this moves

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