Daily Archives: June 26, 2011

Ohio Senate Passes Bill Designed to Give Ohio a Constitutional Ballot Access Law for Minor Parties

From an article published on BallotAccess.org on June 24th, 2011:

On June 23, the Ohio Senate passed HB 194, the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill. As mentioned earlier, it moves the primary in presidential years from March to May, and it moves the petition deadline for new party petitions from 120 days before the primary to 90 days before the primary.

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New Hampshire Court Will Hold Trial on Libertarian Party Ballot Order Lawsuit

From an article published on BallotAccess.org on June 24th, 2011:

On June 20, a New Hampshire state Superior Court Judge said he will hold a bench trial in Blevens v Gardner, the lawsuit filed last year over New Hampshire ballot design. In 2006 the New Hampshire Supreme Court had ruled unanimously in Akins v Secretary of State, 904 A.2d 702, that the state constitution requires that all candidates and all parties have an equal chance for the best position on the general election ballot.

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Alaska State Court Says Joe Miller Must Pay Court Costs in Write-in Spelling Lawsuit Case

From an article published on BallotAccess.org on June 25th, 2011:

In November 2010, Alaska election officials determined that Lisa Murkowski had been re-elected to the U.S. Senate on write-in votes. Her Republican opponent, Joe Miller, then filed a lawsuit, arguing that the election tally erroneously included votes for Murkowski that were either invalid, or at least had been cast by voters who should not have been allowed to vote.… Read more ...

Video: Libertarians at Nashville Pride

With a hat tip to Daniel Lewis:

Libertarian Party of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County members host an Operation Politically Homeless Booth at 2011 Nashville Pride Festival:

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Arizona Greens Intend to Provide Petitioning Assistance to Other Green Parties in Southwest

From an article on www.BallotAccess.org, published on June 25th, 2011:

Now that the Arizona Green Party is safely on the ballot for 2012, due to successfully getting a ballot access bill through this year’s legislature, Arizona Greens are now organizing a search for volunteer members who will petition to restore the Green Party’s ballot status in neighbor states New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.

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New York Conservative Party in Position to Injure Two of the Four Republican State Senators who Voted For Same-Sex Marriage

From an article published on BallotAccess.org on June 26th, 2011

The story of the New York State Senate vote on same-sex marriage on the evening of June 24 has been well-reported. Many news stories, including this one, mention that the Conservative Party of New York says it will not cross-endorse any Republican State Senator who voted in favor of the bill.

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Maryland court rules in favor of Libertarians

From an article on LP.org:

On June 21, a Maryland judge ruled that the Libertarian Party had submitted enough petition signatures to gain ballot access in Maryland. The state Board of Elections had previously determined that there were not enough signatures. The main issue was whether to count voters who wrote a printed name that did not perfectly match their voter registration.… Read more ...

Michigan Socialist Party Launches 2012 Petition Drive

Source: Ballot Access News

At the end of May 2011, the Socialist Party launched a petition drive to get itself on the Michigan ballot. Probably 2,000 signatures have been collected so far. The law requires 32,261 valid signatures. However, the law also required already-qualified parties to poll only 16,083 votes in November 2010 in order to stay on the ballot.… Read more ...