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New York State Posts Final 2012 Election Returns Tally; Presidential Vote Increases by 400,332 Votes

Published on December 31, 2012, by in General.

On December 31, the New York State Board of Elections posted the official November 2012 election returns. The final tally includes 400,332 votes that had not been counted when the state posted its tentative returns several weeks ago. These tickets gained the following number of votes, compared to the tentative tally: Democratic 305,843; Republican 77,769;

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Texas Bills Introduced for Redistricting Commission

Published on December 31, 2012, by in General.

Bills have been introduced in both houses of the Texas legislature to establish bipartisan redistricting commissions. HJR 38, by Mark Strama (D-Austin) would set up a commission to redistrict U.S. House districts and state legislative districts. It would consist of seven members. The most senior member of each house, among each of the two largest

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Hatch Act Modernization Act Signed Into Law

Published on December 31, 2012, by in General.

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed the Hatch Act Modernization Act into law. S2170 permits most local and state government employees to run for partisan office, even if part of their salary or other compensation is subsidized by federal funds. The act also treats employees of the District of Columbia as local employees, rather

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Congress Will Count Electoral Votes on Friday, January 4, 2013

Published on December 31, 2012, by in General.

Congress will count the Electoral Votes on Friday, January 4, 2013. The U.S. Code, Title 3, sec. 15, establishes that date as January 6, but Congress recently passed HJR 122, which for 2013 only moves the date to January 4. President Obama signed HJR 122 on December 28, 2012. Apparently Congress didn’t want to do

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In A Few States, Presidential Candidates Appeared on Ballot Even Though they had No Presidential Elector Candidates

Published on December 30, 2012, by in General.

Minor parties appeared on the presidential ballot in a few states last month, even though they submitted no presidential elector candidates. The Libertarian Parties of Nevada and West Virginia didn’t submit any presidential elector candidates. The Green Parties of Oregon and West Virginia didn’t submit any, either. When a party submits no presidential elector candidates,

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Alabama Bills Introduced for Recall and Term Limits

Published on December 30, 2012, by in General.

The Alabama legislature doesn’t convene until February, but already proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced that affect elections. One would authorize recall. The other would authorized legislative term limits. See this story.

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