On February 29, the Texas Republican Party and Texas Democratic Party submitted a joint proposal to the 3-judge U.S. District Court that is hearing the redistricting case. The two parties advocate these policies for minor party and independent candidate ballot access for 2012: 1. Petitions for newly-qualifying parties, and for independent candidates for President, and
This story says that earlier press reports that Maine Governor Paul LePage would ask the legislature for a later petition deadline, for primary candidates, are incorrect. The story also mentions the very large field of Maine major party politicians who will be petitioning to get on the Democratic or Republican primary ballots for either U.S.
In the United States, ballot access lawsuits can even involve student body elections, as this article shows. A Texas state court judge has postponed an election for the presidency of the University of Texas student body, so as to settle a dispute over whether the student body election rules violate Freedom of Association.
On February 28, the Arizona Senate passed SCR 1021, which would put a ballot measure on the November 2012 ballot, asking voters if they wish to stop funding public funding for candidates for state office. The vote was 21-9. All Republicans voted “Yes” and all Democrats voted “No.” Now the measure goes to the House.
On February 28, the Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee unanimously passed two bills that will help petitions this year, for both primary candidates and general election candidates. Both bills had previously passed the House. HB 1151 says 2012 petitions are valid if they use the old U.S. House districts from the 2001-2010 period. This