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Kansas Supreme Court Permits Democrats to Withdraw Nominee for U.S. Senate

On September 18, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Kansas Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate may withdraw from the ballot.

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Illinois State Court Keeps Libertarian Statewide Slate on Ballot

On September 18, a trial court in Springfield, Illinois, rejected the Republican attempt to remove the Libertarian Party slate of statewide candidates from the ballot. The Republican challengers had claimed that some of the petitioners must have signed off as circulators of certain petition sheets, even though someone else for those sheets was the true

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Illinois State Court Holds Oral Argument on Whether to Remove Libertarian Statewide Slate from Ballot

On September 17, a trial state court in Springfield, Illinois, held a hearing in the case filed by Republican Party challengers to the statewide Libertarian Party slate. See this story. Thanks to Robert Kraus for the link.

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Buzzfeed Article Says Jon Huntsman Thinking About Independent Presidential Bid in 2016

Buzzsmart says there is some reason to believe that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is mulling over running for president in 2016 as an independent. Huntsman, for a few weeks in late 2011, had made up his mind to seek the Americans Elect nomination for president in 2012, but then he changed his mind. See

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Associated Press Comprehensive Story on Minor Party Ballot Access in Tennessee

This Associated Press article by AP reporter Travis Loller gives an unusually comprehensive account of Tennessee’s history of hostility toward minor parties. It also reveals that there is still no decision on whether the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor this year will be on with the ballot label “independent” or “Libertarian.”

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Arizona Independents Mostly Chose to Vote in Republican Primary

Arizona has semi-closed primaries, which means that independents can choose any party’s primary ballot, but party members are confined to voting in the primary of their own party. According to this story, last month, 70% of the independent voters who chose a partisan ballot chose a Republican ballot. The article does not say what percentage

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