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Illinois Senate Also Passes Bill to Move Special U.S. House Election from March to April

Published on November 30, 2012, by in General.

On November 29, the Illinois Senate passed the same bill that the House had passed the day before. It permits the state to hold the special U.S. House election to fill the vacant U.S. House 2nd district seat in April instead of March.

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Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer Will Re-Introduce Ballot Access Reform Bill in 2013

Published on November 30, 2012, by in General.

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) said in his recent e-mail newsletter to constituents that he will be re-introducing his ballot access reform bill. Thanks to Tom McLaughlin for this news.

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National Public Radio Station in Fresno Explores Effects of California's Top-two Law on Minor Parties

Published on November 30, 2012, by in General.

The National Public Radio Station in Fresno, California, here explores the effect of California’s Proposition 14 (the top-two open primary) on California’s minor parties. Thanks to Mike Feinstein for the link.

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Over 425,000 California Voters Voted for President but Left U.S. Senate Blank

Published on November 30, 2012, by in General.

California still hasn’t counted all its ballots from November 6, 2012. So far, there are 426,876 more votes cast for President than for U.S. Senate. For President, voters had a choice of six presidential candidates listed on the ballot, plus write-in space. But for U.S. Senate, they could only vote for a Democrat and a

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D.C. City Council President Submits Bill to Legalize Out-of-District Petitioners

Published on November 29, 2012, by in General.

Washington, D.C. city council president Phil Mendelson has introduced a bill to legalize petitioners who don’t live in the District of Columbia. See this story. As the story notes, the bill is prompted by the pending Libertarian Party lawsuit against the District’s ban. The case has not been adjudicated yet, and if the bill passes,

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New U.S. House of Representatives Will Contain 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats

Published on November 29, 2012, by in General.

The final U.S. House race has been determined. The North Carolina 7th district, in the southeast part of the state, re-elected Democrat Mike McIntyre with 168,695 votes. His Republican opponent, David Rouzer, received 168,041 votes. See this story. Only those two candidates appeared on the ballot. Louisiana will hold a run-off election next month between

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