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Arizona State Court Hears Testimony in "Sham Candidate" Lawsuit

Published on September 30, 2011, by in General.

On September 29, a lower state court in Arizona heard testimony in a lawsuit over whether Olivia Cortes should remain on the ballot in the upcoming recall election of State Senate President Russell Pearce. See this story. In Arizona, when a recall petition succeeds, the office-holder being recalled is on the ballot, along with any

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Florida Republican Primary Shows Herman Cain in the Lead Among Voters Under Age 65

Published on September 29, 2011, by in General.

This SurveyUSA poll surveys Florida Republicans who are likely to vote in that state’s presidential primary next year. It shows that Mitt Romney has 27% support, and Herman Cain is second at 25%. But, it also shows that Republican voters under age 65 prefer Cain to Romney. It also shows that males of all age

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Missouri Bill Moving Presidential Primary from February to March Fails to Pass

Published on September 29, 2011, by in General.

Sponsors of the Missouri bill to move the presidential primary from February 7 to early March have given up. The bill is considered dead. Therefore, the 2012 primary will be on February 7. However, the state Republican Party has decided that the primary will be a “beauty contest” only, and that the state party will

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Fifth Circuit Opinion Involving Cumulative Voting in Boerne, Texas

Published on September 29, 2011, by in General.

On September 28, the Fifth Circuit issued this 28-page opinion in League of United Latin American Citizens v City of Boerne, 10-50290/10-50416. Boerne, Texas, has been embroiled in lawsuits over how it elects its city council since 1996, and the controversy is still not over. Originally Boerne used at-large elections for all five of the

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Fox News Airs Five-Minute Interview with Elliot Ackerman, Spokesman for Americans Elect

Published on September 29, 2011, by in General.

On September 29, Fox News ran a five-minute interview with Elliot Ackerman, spokesman for Americans Elect See it here. Although it is a very peripheral point, it is unfortunate that the interview gives viewers the impression that 2,900,000 signatures are required to get a presidential candidate from outside the two major parties on the ballot

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Ohio Democrats Submit Enough Signatures to Postpone Omnibus Election Law Bill from Taking Effect

Published on September 29, 2011, by in General.

On September 29, Ohio Democrats and their allies, especially labor unions, submitted 318,460 signatures, asking for a referendum on HB 194. That is the omnibus election law bill passed by this year’s legislature. Because no one knows if there are enough valid signatures yet, the existence of the petition means that HB 194 can’t take

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