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Omaha World-Herald Editorial on Court Decision Striking down Distribution Requirement for Initiatives

As previously noted, on November 10, a U.S. District Court struck down Nebraska’s county distribution requirement for statewide initiatives. Here is an editorial from Omaha’s daily newspaper, which seems to approve of the decision, but which also advocates that the legislature require signatures from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. House districts.

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Turnout in Some California Congressional and Legislative Districts was as Low as One-Fourth of the Registered Voters

This story says the percentage of registered voters who voted in some California congressional and legislative races was only one-fourth of the registered voters. The story quotes several experts who express dismay, but no one quoted in the article mentions the point that perhaps California voters don’t like general election ballots with only two candidates

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Congressman Ron Barber Fails to Win Temporary Restraining Order Against Arizona Secretary of State Over Uncounted Ballots

On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, U.S. District Court Judge Cindy Jorgenson issued a 15-page ruling denying relief to Democratic Congressman Ron Barber. Barber and some voter plaintiffs had complained that certain provisional ballots had not been counted and should have been counted. See this story. The case is Barber v Bennett, 4:14cv-2489. The fifteen page

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Constitution Party Outpolls Republican Party in Partisan New Mexico County Sheriff Election

On November 4, the only minor party candidate in the state of New Mexico for any partisan office was Michael E. Lunnon, the Constitution Party nominee for Sheriff of McKinley County. Here is a link to the unofficial election returns from the Secretary of State’s web page. The results are: Democrat Ronald R. Silversmith 9,682;

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Member of Canadian Parliament Makes the Case for Proportional Representation for Canada

Murray Rankin, the member of Parliament for Victoria, British Columbia, has this op-ed in the Times Colonist, the daily newspaper for Victoria. Rankin argues in favor of proportional representation for Canada. The comments underneath the article are interesting. Many commenters don’t realize that there are systems of proportional representation that do allow voters to choose

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November 2014 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News November 1, 2014 – Volume 30, Number 6 This issue was printed on green paper. Table of Contents MINOR PARTY AND INDEPENDENT VOTE FOR TOP OFFICE LIKELY TO BE HIGHEST MID-TERM RESULT SINCE 1930 KANSAS AND NEBRASKA MAJOR PARTIES WIN PARTY RIGHTS CASES MASSACHUSETTS COURT EXPANDS PETITIONING SITES 2014 DEBATES LAWSUIT NEWS

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