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Texas Democratic Legislator Introduces Bill for Top-Two for State Elections, but not Congressional Elections

Published on February 28, 2013, by in General.

Texas Representative Mark Strama (D-Austin) has introduced HB 1842, which would implement a top-two primary for state office, but not county or federal office. The bill has no co-sponsors. Thanks to Patrick Dixon for this news.

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Illinois Special Election Will Have Six Candidates on the Ballot; Objector to Three Petitions Withdraws Her Challenges

Published on February 28, 2013, by in General.

On February 28, the Illinois voter who had challenged three minor party or independent candidates’ petitions (in the special election to fill the U.S. House vacancy in the 2nd district), withdrew her challenges. Therefore the April ballot will include the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, and Green Parties, along with three independent candidates. The Green

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Justice Party files Opening Brief in Vermont Supreme Court in Ballot Access Case

Published on February 28, 2013, by in General.

Rocky Anderson filed this brief in the Vermont Supreme Court on February 19. The case is Anderson v State of Vermont, 2012-272. The issue is partly the state’s cumbersome signature-checking procedures, and partly the June deadline for petitions for independent presidential candidates to get on the November ballot. The Vermont Supreme Court is also considering

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Five Major Party Members Appear to Have Collected Enough Signatures in Massachusetts Special U.S. Senate Election

Published on February 27, 2013, by in General.

News reports indicate that five individuals probably submitted enough signatures to be on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots on April 30, for the special Massachusetts U.S. Senate election. The primaries are on April 30 and the election will be on June 25. The deadline for primary petitions was February 27. Three Republicans submitted signatures:

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Missouri Constitution Party Nominates Candidate for Special Election, U.S. House, 8th District

Published on February 27, 2013, by in General.

On February 21, the Missouri Constitution Party held a nominating convention to choose a candidate for the upcoming special election, U.S. House, 8th district. The party nominated Doug Enyart, owner of Clearwater Forest Consultants and an expert in forestry management. There will be four candidates on the June ballot for this seat; the others will

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Oklahoma Senate Unanimously Passes Weak Ballot Access Bill

Published on February 27, 2013, by in General.

On February 27, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously passed SB 668, which eases ballot access for newly-qualifying parties in midterm years, but does not reduce the number of signatures in presidential years. Current law says the number of signatures is 5% of the last vote cast. If the bill passes in this form, the law would

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