On July 28, Jeff Amason, the only Libertarian who petitioned to be on the ballot this year for the Georgia legislature, filed a lawsuit in state court to gain a place on the ballot. Even though he successfully obtained the signatures of 5% of the number of registered voters, he is still being kept off
COFOE, the Coalition for Free & Open Elections, holds an annual board meeting. The minutes of the June 2014 meeting held in New York city are now posted at COFOE’s web page. COFOE is a loose coalition of most of the nation’s nationally-organized minor parties, and has existed since 1985.
Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large for The American Prospect, and an opinion writer for the Washington Post, has this piece about top-two primaries. The linked article is from the Madison, Wisconsin daily newspaper, but the article also appeared in the Washington Post. Also, the piece appeared in The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest newspaper, on July 25. Also, see
The Concord Monitor has this editorial, criticizing the law passed this year that makes it illegal for a group to circulate a petition in odd years if it wants to appear on the ballot.
On July 28, attorneys for New Jersey filed this brief in Balsam v Guadagno, U.S. District Court, 14-1388. The lawsuit was filed by some voters who argue that states cannot pay for partisan primaries. The state brief says the plaintiffs don’t have standing, and that even if they did, nothing in the U.S. Constitution prevents
On July 24, Matt Erard asked the Sixth Circuit to put him and four other Socialist Party nominees on the Michigan ballot this year. The basis for the case, Erard v Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, 14-1873, is: (1) Michigan’s law discriminates against new parties, relative to old minor parties, because the number of