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Outgoing 113th Congress Spent Little Time on Election Law Bills

As the 113th Congress elected in 2012 fades into history, one observes that little attention was paid to election law bills. HR 20, the bill for public funding for candidates for the U.S. House, gathered 160 co-sponsors, but they included only one Republican. Despite this impressive number of co-sponsors, the bill got almost no publicity

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Boston TV Station Story on the Two Newly-Qualified Minor Parties in Massachusetts

This television news story covers the two newly-qualified minor parties in Massachusetts, the Green-Rainbow Party and the United Independent Party.

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Filing to Run for Chicago Office Closes Monday, November 24

Chicago holds an election for city office, including the three citywide offices, in February 2015. The petition filing deadline is Monday, November 24. Citywide candidates need 12,500 valid signatures. See this story, which explains the difficulty of obtaining these signatures for candidates who are not backed by the Democratic Party organization. The elections are non-partisan

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United States Election Project Revises 2014 Turnout Data

The United States Election Project, which studies turnout, has revised its figures for the November 2014 election. See here. The Project still estimates that 36.2% of the voters who could have participated did so. The link has figures for each of the 50 states, unlike the original data that omitted Indiana, Missouri, Utah, and Washington.

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U.S. Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument Date for Case Involving Outdoor Signs

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Reed v Town of Gilbert on January 12, 2015. This is the case challenging restrictions on outdoor signs. Although it is not an election law case, all First Amendment cases inevitably affect election law. The Ninth Circuit had upheld the town’s restrictions on signs, both as to size, and

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Michael Steele, Former Republican National Chairman, Seems to Favor National Popular Vote

Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chair, seems inclined to support the National Popular Vote Plan for presidential elections. See this story.