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Fourth Circuit Tells North Carolina to Bring Back Same-Day Registration for 2014 Election

On October 1, the Fourth Circuit, by a 2-1 vote, ordered North Carolina to restore election-day registration. The majority noted that in past recent elections, African-American voters were substantially more likely to make use of election-day registration than other voters. Here is the decision, which also requires the state to continue to let provisional voters

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Kansas State Court Rules Democratic Party Need Not Nominate Anyone for U.S. Senate

On October 1, a 3-judge panel of the Shawnee County District Court ruled that the Democratic Party need not run anyone for U.S. Senate if it doesn’t wish to. Here is the 22-page decision in Orel v Kansas Democratic Party, 14-cv-958. The panel said the law is ambiguous, but in any event it would be

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Montana Libertarian Wins Federal Injunction, Allowing Him to Publish His Closed Complaint Against a State Judge

On September 30, Dan Cox, who was the Montana Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012, won a federal injunction allowing him to publish a complaint he made about a state court judge some time ago. In Montana, if anyone files a complaint against a state judge with the Judicial Standards Commission, and the Commission

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California Governor Signs Bill, Easing Rules for New Parties to Get on Ballot and Existing Parties to Remain on the Ballot

On September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2351, which makes it easier for a group to qualify as a party in California, and also makes it easier for an already-existing party to remain ballot-qualified. The old law required an already-existing party to either poll 2% for any statewide in a general election, or

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Alaska Substitution Decision Won’t be Appealed

On September 29, the plaintiff in Strait v Fenumiai said he won’t appeal the decision of the Alaska state trial court. The trial court had ruled that if the state lets parties substitute a new nominee for Lieutenant Governor, then the state must let independent tickets have the same flexibility. Bill Walker, independent candidate for

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Describes Trial Events of September 29, in Ohio Libertarian Ballot Access Case

See this Cleveland Plain Dealer story, which describes how Republican Party campaign officials and party officers worked with state election officials to engineer a method to keep the Libertarian gubernatorial ticket off this year’s ballot. The trial is still proceeding on September 30. Thanks to Kevin Knedler for the link. UPDATE: also see this story.