On May 28, the North Carolina State Board of Elections filed this brief in Pisano v Bartlett, the lawsuit challenging the May petition deadline for petitions for newly-qualifying parties. The brief argues that because the two plaintiff parties, the Constitution Party and the Green Party, have made only feeble attempts to qualify for the ballot
Opponents of a Michigan referendum have asked the State Supreme Court to invalidate the referendum petition, on the grounds that the petition used the wrong font size. The State Court of Appeals earlier upheld the petition, on the grounds that the petition is in substantial compliance with the law, even if the font size wasn’t
Chuck Muth, a Republican activist in Nevada, suggests here that “vote-swapping”, an idea pioneered by Ralph Nader supporters and Al Gore supporters in 2000, should be revived this year. “Vote-swapping” depends on the internet. The facilitator sets up a web page, and voters in swing states are placed in touch with voters in non-swing states.
South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent
It is likely that the only two names printed on the November 2012 ballot in South Carolina’s state house race, 26th district, will be Libertarian Jeremy Walters and independent Raye Felder. See this story. No Democrat ran. The Republican, Raye Felder, failed to qualify because of the May 2 decision of the State Supreme Court
Veteran California Campaign Consultant Says Top-Two Open Primary Changed Little Except to Double Campaign Spending
Richie Ross, a veteran California Democratic Party campaign consultant, has this op-ed in the Sacramento Bee. He concludes that the biggest change caused by California’s top-two open primary Proposition 14 was to vastly increase the amount of money spent in campaigns.
Fourth Circuit Rules that Corporations are Still Prevented from Donating to Candidates for Federal Office
On June 28, the 4th circuit ruled in USA v Danielczyk that federal laws that prohibit contributions to federal candidates are still constitutional. Here is the 12-page decision. As is well known, in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations cannot be prevented from spending money to spread their