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New Zealand Holds Parliamentary Election

On September 20, New Zealand elected a new Parliament. New Zealand, starting in 1996, has been using proportional representation. Here is the wikipedia article about the recent election, which not only gives the results, but offers a clear statement of how New Zealand’s system works. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.

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Bob Healey, Moderate Party Gubernatorial Candidate, Keeps On-Line Campaign Journal

Bob Healey, the Moderate Party’s gubernatorial nominee in Rhode Island this year, keeps an on-line campaign journal at votehealey.wordpress.com. Healey is a seasoned attorney with much experience running for state office outside the two major parties in Rhode Island, and his journal is a good read for any others on the same mission. Here is

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Gary Sinawski, Veteran Ballot Access Attorney, Dies

Gary Sinawski died in New York city on September 15 at the age of 67. He was counsel to the Libertarian Party national committee but he was also one of the nation’s most experienced and accomplished ballot access attorneys. Over the last thirty years he represented virtually every nationally-organized minor party that did constitutional ballot

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U.S. District Court Will Hear Challenge to Arkansas Deadline in July 2015

A U.S. District Court in Arkansas has set a hearing in the week of July 27, 2015, for the independent candidate petition deadline lawsuit, Moore v Martin, 4:14cv-65. The 2013 legislature moved the deadline from May to March, even though a similar Arkansas deadline had been held unconstitutional three times in the past. Other pending

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Kansas Supreme Court Permits Democrats to Withdraw Nominee for U.S. Senate

On September 18, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Kansas Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate may withdraw from the ballot.

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Illinois State Court Keeps Libertarian Statewide Slate on Ballot

On September 18, a trial court in Springfield, Illinois, rejected the Republican attempt to remove the Libertarian Party slate of statewide candidates from the ballot. The Republican challengers had claimed that some of the petitioners must have signed off as circulators of certain petition sheets, even though someone else for those sheets was the true

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