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Worcester, Massachusetts Newspaper Story on Pirate Party, Which Has Two Legislative Nominees on Ballot

Published on October 23, 2014,

The Worcester Telegram has this story about the Pirate Party, which has two nominees on the Massachusetts ballot for the state legislature.

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California Gubernatorial Poll: 4% of Respondents Volunteer to Poll-taker that they Will Leave Cast a Blank Ballot for Governor

Published on October 23, 2014,

On October 23, Public Policy Institute of California released a poll for many California races. See the poll here. Scroll down to page seven for the gubernatorial results. Only two candidates are on the ballot, incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Neel Kashkari. The results: Brown 52%; Kashkari 36%; will not vote for Governor 4%; undecided 8%.

The pollster did not suggest any option to respondents about not voting; the 4% who said they would leave the ballot blank volunteered that information. California is the only state this year in which voters must either vote for a Democrat or a Republican for the top office on the ballot, or they can’t vote at all. California is one of only six states with only two candidates on the ballot for the top office. Of those six, California is the only one that doesn’t permit write-ins in the general election for partisan office.

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Wisconsin State Legislator Leaves Democratic Party, Says he is an Independent

Published on October 23, 2014,

Wisconsin state legislator Brett Hulsey, elected as a Democrat in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, is not running for re-election. He says he has left the Democratic Party and is now an independent. He had been elected from Dane County (the county that contains Madison).

He is running as a write-in candidate for Governor. See this story. Also, see this story. He feels that the Democratic nominee for Governor is not all that different from the state’s Republican governor, who is running for re-election.

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Sarah Palin Endorses Independent Candidate Bill Walker for Governor of Alaska

Published on October 23, 2014,

According to this story, Sarah Palin recently endorsed Bill Walker for Governor of Alaska. Walker is the independent candidate.

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California State Court Clarifies that Cumulative Voting is Permitted for California Cities

Published on October 23, 2014,

On October 21, a Superior Court in Los Angeles County confirmed that California cities may use cumulative voting for their own elections. Santa Clarita had already agreed to use cumulative voting, but it had asked for a court ruling explicitly saying that cities may choose cumulative voting. Cumulative voting, for elections in which there are several winners, permits voters to cast either one vote for several candidates (typically three), or to give two votes, or even three votes, to a single candidate. See this story.

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Burlington, Vermont Voters Will Vote on an Advisory Measure on Letting Resident Non-Citizens Vote in Local Elections

Published on October 23, 2014,

In its March 2015 municipal election, Burlington, Vermont voters will vote on an advisory measure on whether resident non-citizens should be allowed to vote in local and school elections. See this story. Even if the measure passes, policy will not change. To allow the idea would require changing the Vermont State Constitution. Thanks to Electionline for the link.