On December 30, filing closed for the Ohio presidential primary. The Democratic ballot will include President Obama, and Randall Terry. The Republican presidential primary ballot will list Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Each of these candidates needed 1,000 signatures. None of the five qualified minor
On December 29, a Virginia voter who signed the petition to put Newt Gingrich on the Virginia ballot filed a lawsuit in state court, charging that many signatures on the Gingrich petition were probably invalidated, even though they were valid. The lawsuit focuses on the aspect of the state form that doesn’t give people much
Virginia state legislator Bob Marshall, a Republican, has publicly urged his party to drop the voter loyalty oath for the March 6 presidential primary. See this story.
On December 29, six attorneys who worked on the lawsuit Heller v District of Columbia were awarded a total of $1,132,182 in attorneys fees. Heller v D.C. was not an election law case. This post is nevertheless being made because it illustrates the power of the 1976 federal law that awards attorneys’ fees to attorneys
Ninth Circuit Invalidates Washington State Limit on Giving Large Contributions to Ballot Measure Campaigns During Last 3 Weeks Before Vote
On December 29, the 9th circuit agreed with a U.S. District Court that Washington state cannot prohibit anyone from giving as much as $5,000 in a ballot measure campaign, during the three weeks before the election. Family PAC v McKenna, 10-35832. The 24-page opinion is here. The state defended the law by saying because Washington
Ohio petitions for presidential candidates and their slates of delegates are due on December 30, 2011, at 4 p.m. Candidates running in Republican and Democratic presidential primaries need 1,000 signatures if they are using the statewide option. Candidates running in any qualified minor party presidential primaries need 500 signatures. So far, the only Republicans who