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U.S. District Court Issues Fascinating Opinion on Presidential Qualifications

Published on May 24, 2013, by in General.

On May 23, U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England issued a 23-page opinion in Grinols v Electoral College, eastern district, California, 2:12cv-2997. The subject is presidential qualifications. The lead plaintiff, James Grinols, was a Republican presidential elector candidate in 2012. The plaintiffs had filed the case last year, to stop the California presidential electors

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California Bills Advance, Would Make One-Candidate Elections More Common

Published on May 24, 2013, by in General.

On May 23, the California Assembly passed AB 141, which says that when a primary write-in candidate for Congress or partisan state office places second in the primary, he or she still can’t advance to the general election, unless the write-in total was quite large. For U.S. House, about 2,300 write-ins would be required; for

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Texas Legislature Passes Election Law Bill Requested by Libertarians

Published on May 24, 2013, by in General.

On May 20, the Texas legislature passed SB 817. This bill had been requested by Texas Libertarians. It allows parties that nominate by convention to nominate someone, even though that person also holds party office. Also, it moves the state convention for such parties from the second Saturday in June, to the second Saturday in

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Utah Group Launches Initiative to Provide a Way for Party Members to Petition Onto the Primary Ballot

Published on May 24, 2013, by in General.

Utah is the only state in which it is impossible for a candidate to get on a partisan primary ballot unless he or she has substantial support at a party convention (except that in Virginia, sometimes there are no primaries, when the major parties choose not to have a primary). A group in Utah has

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Pennsylvania State Senator Holds Public Forum on Ballot Access on May 28

Published on May 24, 2013, by in General.

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer will hold a Voters’ Choice Act town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 28. The purpose of the meeting is to gain publicity and spread information about his SB 195, which would ease ballot access in Pennsylvania. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in room 312 of the Neidig Garber Science

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Three California Parties Appeal to the Legislature for Election Law Relief

Published on May 23, 2013, by in General.

On May 23, the California Green, Libertarian, and Peace & Freedom Parties sent this one-page letter to each California legislator. It outlines the election law problems faced by these parties. A California legislator has tentatively agreed to introduce a bill to relieve at least some of these problems. Although it is too late to introduce

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