Monthly Archives: August 2005

New Mexico Presidential Recount Hearing

The New Mexico Supreme Court is hearing Cobb & Badnarik v New Mexico Canvassing Board (#29095) on August 29, 2005. The issue is whether the two 2004 presidential candidates needed to submit a deposit of $114,000, or $1,140,000, in order to request a recount of last year’s presidential vote.

Interesting New York Ballot Access Decision

On August 25, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis, a Clinton appointee, upheld a New York state ballot access law. Specifically, he upheld the law that requires a candidate for citywide office in New York city to obtain 7,500 signatures. When a candidate is seeking a place on a party primary ballot, he or she […]

Calif. Write-in Bill Advances

On August 25, Senate Bill 1015 passed the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. It legalizes write-in votes in which the voter forgets to “X” the box next to the name written in. The vote was 13-4.

Degraded North Carolina Bill Passes House

During the early morning hours of August 24, the North Carolina House passed H88, the ballot access bill. Unfortunately, it was amended so that it does more harm than good. The bill does lower the number of signatures needed for a statewide independent from 2% of the number of registered voters to 2% of the […]

North Carolina Bill Advances

H88, the best ballot access bill in North Carolina, passed out of the House Finance Committee today overwhelmingly. This is the bill that lowers the statewide minor party and independent candidate petitions to one-half of 1% of the last gubernatorial vote (approximately 17,500 signatures). The bill will probably pass if only the legislature stays in […]

Arkansas Secretary of State Won't Follow Attorney General Opinion

A few weeks ago, the Arkansas Attorney General issued an opinion denying that it is legal for parties to circulate a petition during odd years. However, the Secretary of State’s legal advisor says that the Secretary of State does not agree with that opinion, and will not follow it.

Chicago Ballot Access Eased

On August 22, Illinois House Bill 1968 was signed into law. It lowers the number of signatures to get on the ballot for Mayor of Chicago from 25,000 signatures to 12,500 signatures. This is the easiest petition requirement (for candidates who are not Democrats or Republicans) to run for that office since 1931. The requirement […]