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New Hampshire Bill to Restore Straight-Ticket Device

Eight Republican New Hampshire legislators have introduced HB 185, to restore the straight-ticket device. New Hampshire eliminated it in 2007, after Democrats won control of the legislature in 2006. The general argument in favor of straight-ticket devices is that many voters are too uninterested to finish filling out their ballot, so they leave the offices

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U.S. Supreme Court Again Asked to Rule on Whether States Must Check Presidential Candidate Eligibility Before Putting Them on Ballots

On January 13, 2015, two individuals who had previously run for President filed a petition for cert with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to rule that California election officials have a constitutional duty to investigate the constitutional qualifications of presidential candidates before listing them on the ballot. The two individuals who filed the

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Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party. It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1%

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New Hampshire Ballot Access Bill

New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson (R-Seabrook) has introduced a bill to lower the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Current law requires 3,000 signatures for statewide office. The bill would convert petitions for all office to one-tenth of 1% of the population. For statewide candidates, the requirement during this

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Iowa Bill to Abolish Straight-Ticket Device

Iowa Representative Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) has introduced HF 4, which would abolish the straight-ticket device.

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Hawaii Bill for an Elected Attorney General

Hawaii State Senator Sam Slom (R-Honolulu) has introduced SB 942. It would amend the State Constitution to provide for an elected Attorney General. Currently, the only state executive officer elected by Hawaii voters is the ticket of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.