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New Iran Election Law May Help Produce an Honest Vote Count

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

See this story about Iran’s new election law. The law transfers authority for overseeing vote counting to a Central Executive Election Board composed of eleven members. The intent is to make it more likely that the vote count will be accurate and honest.

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Maine Will Convert all Americans Elect Registrants to Independent Voters

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

See this this story about the legal status of Americans Elect in Maine. Soon, the Maine Secretary of State will be notifying all Americans Elect registrants that their party did not retain its spot on the ballot. These voters will be given a chance to re-register, but those who don’t respond will automatically be converted

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Utah Bill Advances, Would Preserve Ability of Voters to Join a Party on Primary Day

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

Current Utah law lets voters join a party on primary day. However, current Utah law says that effective July 1, 2013, that policy ends, and the only voters who can vote in a closed primary after July 1, 2013 will be voters who had joined that party at least a month before the primary. But

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California Small Claims Court Takes Debates Exclusion Case Seriously; Sets Another Hearing

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

On January 30, a small claims court in Los Angeles County heard arguments in the case called Patel v Associated Students. Graduate student Ankur Patel is compelled to be a member of the student body association at Cal State Northridge. Patel is suing for a return of his dues because the student association sponsored a

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Free On-Line Book Now Available on Local Ballot Initiatives

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

The Lucy Burns Institute recently published a book, “Local Ballot Initiatives”, and the book is now free on-line. Here is the link. The book reveals that although only slightly fewer than half the states have initiatives for state laws, 48 state states have at least one municipality or other kind of local government that has

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California Libertarians Spend Day in Sacramento, Lobbying Against Bill that Would Create More One-Candidate Elections

Published on January 31, 2013, by in General.

On January 30, a group of California Libertarian Party activists spent the day in the State Capitol in Sacramento, urging the defeat of AB 141. The group, organized by Beau Cain, was able to meet with legislative staffers for six California Assemblymembers. AB 141 would decrease voter choice in November for Congress and state legislative

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