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U.S. District Court Rules that Ohio Must Permit Persons in Jail to Vote if they Haven’t been Convicted of a Crime

On September 16, U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel, a Carter appointee, ruled that Ohio must let people who are in jail, but who haven’t been convicted of a crime because they are awaiting trial, vote absentee. The state already generally lets such people vote absentee, but for those individuals who happen to be

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Portland Mercury Opposes Oregon Top-Two Ballot Measure

The Portland (Oregon) Mercury is that city’s leading free weekly alternate newspaper, and has existed since 2000. Here are the Mercury’s recommendations for all the statewide ballot measures. Scroll down to the discussion of Measure 90, the top-two ballot measure. The newspaper endorses the “no” position.

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Minnesota Holds Four-Party Debate for Secretary of State

On October 20, the four ballot-listed candidates for Secretary of State of Minnesota debated. They are the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Independence, and Libertarian Parties. See this story.

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Luis J. Rodriguez, Green Party Candidate for California Governor This Year, Named Poet Laurate of Los Angeles

On October 9, the city of Los Angeles named Luis J. Rodriguez poet laureate for the city. See this story. No one is allowed to vote for Rodriguez for California Governor next month, because he did not place first or second in June. The Green Party has never polled as much as 1,000,000 votes for

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Joshua W. Evans, Massachusetts Blogger, Covers Libertarian Party State Convention

Joshua W. Evans, a Massachusetts blogger about politics, government, and other topics, has this account of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party state convention held October 18. Evan Falchuk, gubernatorial nominee of the United Independent Party, spoke to the convention. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for the link.

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Bangor Daily News Carries Op-Ed by Maine Legislator, Advocating Ranked-Choice Voting

The Bangor Daily News has this op-ed by Maine State Representative Diane Russell. She advocates ranked-choice voting for Maine. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.