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Jill Stein Campaign Appears to Qualify for Primary Season Matching Funds

Published on June 30, 2012, by in General.

The Jill Stein campaign believes it has received enough contributions to qualify for primary season matching funds. The paperwork will be submitted to the FEC for an official determination. Assuming she does receive the funds, she will be the second Green Party presidential candidate to have qualified; Ralph Nader in 2000 was the first. Nader

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Rocky Anderson Sues Vermont Over Cumbersome Petition-Checking Procedures

Published on June 30, 2012, by in General.

Vermont requires independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, to submit 1,000 signatures (for statewide office) by June 14. This year, the Justice Party collected over 1,300 signatures to place its presidential nominee, Rocky Anderson, on the November ballot. However, because Vermont requires petitioning groups to first collect the signtures, then submit them to

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New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat Sues New York City Board of Elections over Vote-Counting Transparency

Published on June 30, 2012, by in General.

On June 29, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who was also a candidate for U.S. House in the June 26 New York Democratic primary against incumbent Congressman Charles Rangel, sued the New York City Board of Elections. The race is very close, and Espaillat says the New York City Board of Elections has broken

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Ohio Governor Signs Bill Making it Possible for Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates to Appear on November 2012 Ballot

Published on June 29, 2012, by in General.

On June 26, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed HB 509, which extends the deadline for certain qualified parties to certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The old law required the certification in early August, but now it is in early September. The bill only applies to parties that polled 20% of the vote in the

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Libertarian Party Will Attempt to Gain Status as a "Party" in District of Columbia

Published on June 29, 2012, by in General.

The Libertarian Party has never been a ballot-qualified party in the District of Columbia. The law defines “party” as a group that polled at least 7,500 votes for a partisan office. Elections for “Shadow U.S. Senator” and “Shadow U.S. Representative” don’t count. This year, Libertarian Bruce Majors will attempt to gather 3,000 signatures to appear

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One Illinois Presidential Candidates Withdraws One of his Two Petitions

Published on June 29, 2012, by in General.

Michael W. Hawkins, who filed two petitions to be on the Illinois November ballot for President, has now withdrawn his independent candidacy. He had filed one petition to be an independent presidential candidate, and another petition to be the presidential candidate of a newly-qualifying party. But now only the latter petition is active. The name

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