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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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Federal Court to Hear Congressman Ron Barber’s Lawsuit that Says Some Voters Were Illegally Not Counted

The unofficial election returns for U.S. House, Arizona 2nd district, are: Republican Martha McSally 109,704; Democratic incumbent Ron Barber 109,543. This is so close, there will be a recount. But Congressman Barber, along with some voters, have filed a federal lawsuit which argues that some legal votes were not counted. Barber v Bennett, 4:14cv-2489. It

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Ohio Libertarians File Reply Brief in Ballot Access Case

On November 21, the Ohio Libertarian Party filed this reply brief in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, s.d., 2:13cv-953. The issue in the lawsuit at this point is whether SB 193, passed in late 2013, which rewrote the definition of “political party”, is constitutional. One of the Libertarian Party’s contentions is that the 2013

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Pennsylvania State Attorneys Withdraw Their Motion to Dismiss One Ballot Access Case

On November 26, attorneys for Pennsylvania state election officials withdrew their motion to dismiss the case Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, e.d., 5:12cv-2726. The case will now proceed. This is the case challenging the unique Pennsylvania system that puts petitioning groups at risk of being forced to pay court costs if their petitions are

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Chicago Filing Closes

Here is a list of candidates who filed to run for office in Chicago’s non-partisan February 2015 election. There are three citywide offices: Mayor, City Clerk, and Treasurer. For City Clerk, only two candidates filed; for Treasurer, only one candidate. Candidates for each citywide office needed 12,500. All petitions in Illinois are deemed valid, unless

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Utah Republican Party Will Sue to Eliminate Petition Bypass for Primary Ballot Access

In 2014, the Utah legislature passed a bill providing that a candidate can get on a primary ballot even if he or she does not have much support at a party caucus. Prior the the 2014 bill’s passage, Utah was the only state in which it was impossible for anyone to get on a partisan

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