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Minnesota Bill to Establish Presidential Primary in March

Minnesota hasn’t had a presidential primary since 1992, and is usually the second most populous state (after Washington state) that uses caucuses instead. But Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) has introduced SF 1205, which would bring back a presidential primary and hold it in March. The bill would also move the primary for other office from

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Op-Ed Discusses Independent Party of Oregon’s Impact on 2016 Election

This op-ed in The Oregonian discusses the Independent Party’s impact on the Oregon elections of 2016. The author, Tim Nesbitt, speculates that because the Independent Party will probably have a government-administered primary, and because the Oregon Independent Party will let independent voters vote in its primary, that may put pressure on the two major parties

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February 2015 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News February 1, 2015 – Volume 30, Number 9 This issue was printed on white paper. Table of Contents BALLOT ACCESS BILLS INTRODUCED IN SIX STATES SOUTH DAKOTA BILL MAY BE AMENDED TO EASE DEADLINE STRAIGHT-TICKET BILLS VIRGINIA BALLOT ACCESS BILLS LOSE PENNSYLVANIA BALLOT ACCESS CHAMPION GAINS KEY POST TWO EVENTS BOLSTER MORE

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Mississippi Sets May 12 for Special U.S. House Election

Mississippi will hold a special U.S. House election on May 12. See this story.

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North Dakota House Passes Bill to Require Special Elections for U.S. Senate

On February 24, the North Dakota House passed HB 1181. It requires a special election when there is a vacant U.S. Senate seat. In 36 states, including currently in North Dakota, when a U.S. Senate seat becomes vacant, the Governor appoints a new Senator. The new Senator then serves until the next regularly-scheduled congressional election.

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Maine Ballot Access Bill Has Hearing March 9, Monday

Maine LD 507 will be heard in the Joint Committee on State and Local Government on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., in room 437 of the State House. This is the bill that sets a cap on the number of signatures needed for a candidate to get on the primary ballot of a party.

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