Monthly Archives: January 2005

Arizona Committee Will Hear Restrictive Bill Today

The Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee will hear SB 1218 on the afternoon of Jan. 31. The hearing convenes at 1:30 pm, but SB 1218 will probably not be brought up until about 3:30 pm. SB 1218, sec. 6, says that if an independent candidate tries and fails to get on the ballot, then he […]

Federal Court Rules that State Initiative Requirement Cannot be Raised During the Lifetime of a Petition Drive

Yesterday, a US District Court in Nevada ruled that once a petition drive has begun (in this case, for initiatives), the state cannot change the numerical requirement during the lifetime of that petition, even if a new election is held so that the new legal number of signatures is higher than the prior one. Plaintiffs […]

Vermont Bill for Instant-Runoff Voting Introduced

Vermont is considered the state most likely to pass Instant-Runoff voting for federal and state elections. Both houses of the legislature are controlled by the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party of Vermont seems committed to IRV. S. 48, to create IRV in Vermont, has just been introduced.

Cruel Election Law Bill Introduced in Arizona

State Senator Marilyn Jarrett has introduced SB 1218, which makes many miscellaneous election law changes. Among the change is a provision that if someone tries to get on the ballot as an independent candidate, and fails, then that person may not file to have his or her write-in votes counted. The bill seems aimed at […]

Disputed San Diego Election Will Have Trial

A trial will be held, starting January 31, to help Judge Michael Brenner decide who won the San Diego mayoral election last November. Brenner is a visiting superior court judge from Orange County; all of the San Diego County judges recused themselves. Although some of the issues are legal, others are factual, concerning the extent […]

Vermont Newspaper Spotlights Progressive Party State Legislators

The Vermont Progressive Party has 6 state legislators, the largest delegation of state legislators that any minor party has had in any state since 1944. Here is a link to that article.

High Court Hears Oklahoma Libertarian Case; Outcome Difficult to Predict

On January 19, the US Supreme Court heard Clingman v Beaver, the case filed by the Oklahoma Libertarian Party in 2000. The issue is whether a party (which is entitled to nominate by primary) has the right, under the First Amendment freedom of association clause, to invite all registered voters to vote in its primary. […]