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New California Registration Data

On October 31, the California Secretary of State released a new registration tally, as of October 20. The previous tally had been as of September 5. Here is a link to the new data. Compared to last month’s tally, every party gained in absolute numbers, and the number of independent voters also rose. But between

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St. Louis Election Officials Threaten to Seize Campaign Literature Because Independent Candidate Labels Herself an “Independent Democrat”; Candidate Sues

On October 27, the chair of the St. Louis city election commission wrote a letter to independent candidate Jennifer Florida, saying that her campaign literature must not refer to herself as an “independent Democrat.” The letter says such literature “shall be seized by the St. Louis City Election Board.” Florida is the incumbent Recorder of

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South Carolina Supreme Court Reinstates November 4 Election for State House, District 114

On October 31, the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the State Election Commission, and said voters will elect a representative for the 114th State House district on November 4. The election ballot has one Republican, one Democrat, and one Green listed, but the instructions will say that votes cast for the Republican listed on the

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Fourth Circuit Seems Determined to Avoid Constitutional Issue in South Carolina Republican Party Lawsuit on Private Open Primaries

On October 29, the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in Greenville County Republican Party v Way, 13-2170. Anyone can hear the 48-minute oral argument at this link. The Greenville County Republican Party challenges the state law that requires county parties to pay for administering partisan primaries for city office within that county. The state law

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South Dakota’s Largest Newspaper Carries Op-Ed for Ranked-Choice Voting

The October 31 Argus Leader has this op-ed advocating ranked-choice voting. The Argus Leader is Sioux Falls’ daily newspaper, and is the largest newspaper in South Dakota.

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Lou Allstadt, Prominent Opponent of Fracking, Endorses Howie Hawkins for New York Governor

On October 30, Lou Allstadt, a prominent opponent of fracking, endorsed Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor of New York. See this story about the endorsement, and this article about Allstadt. Allstadt is a former executive vice-president of Mobil Oil and a resident of Cooperstown, New York. Although he is an independent, as

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