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Newly-Elected Alaska Independent Legislator Dan Ortiz Joins Democratic Caucus

Dan Ortiz, who was elected to his first term in the Alaska legislature earlier this month as an independent, has joined the Democratic caucus. See this story. Ortiz says he chose the Democratic caucus because that caucus does not attempt to bind its members to vote in certain ways on certain bills. Ortiz is still

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Indiana Democrat Wins Federal Lawsuit Against Law that Censored his Campaign Literature

On November 17, the Marion County Election Board stipulated that two particular Indiana election laws are unconstitutional, and U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker signed a Final Judgment that no one in the future may enforce code sections 3-14-1-2(a)(2) and (3). In 2012, the plaintiff-candidate, Zachary Mulholland, was a candidate for State Representative in

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Scholarly Paper Suggests that Polarization Can’t be Cured by Election Law Changes, Says the Phenomenon is World-Wide

Law Professor David Schleicher has published “Things Aren’t Going That Well Over There Either: Party Polarization and Election Law in Comparative Perspective”, a 36-page paper which can be read at this link. His thesis is that western democracies, including the United States, are seeing a rise in voter support for parties and candidates who are

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New Jersey State Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against Voter Registration Time Requirement

On November 19, a New Jersey state appeals court revived the lawsuit Rutgers University Student Assembly v Middlesex County Board of Elections. The case was filed in 2011 to overturn the New Jersey law that requires voter registration applications to be filed no later than 21 days before an election. See this story. The trial

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Green Party of Nevada and Secretary of State Agree to Delay Lawsuit over Petition Deadline, to Give Legislature a Chance to Improve the Law

The Nevada Green Party filed a lawsuit earlier this year, alleging that the April petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties is too early. Recently, the party and the state agreed to postpone proceedings in the case until June 2015. Both sides hope the 2015 legislature will ease the deadline.

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Pam Goode, Constitution Party Nominee for Alaska Legislature, Polled Almost Twice as Many Votes as the Democratic Nominee

Most Alaska votes have now been counted. In this month’s election, Pam Goode, Constitution Party nominee for State House, district 9, polled 26.74% of the vote. She lost to Republican nominee Jim Colver, who got 58.16%. But she easily did better than the Democratic nominee, Mabel Wimmer, who only got 14.40%. Here is a link

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