Monthly Archives: November 2007

Illinois Legislature Adjourns for the Year without Passing National Popular Vote Bill

On November 29, the Illinois legislature went home for the year, without having passed HB 1685, the National Popular Vote Plan for presidential elections. It is possible the Governor will recall the legislature in December, however. The state has much pressing legislative business unresolved.

North Carolina Libertarians Have 86,400 Signatures on 2008 Party Petition

As of November 30, the North Carolina Libertarian Party has 86,400 signatures on its petition to be on the 2008 ballot. The legal requirement is 69,734. Libertarians estimate they need 95,000 raw signatures. The validity rate has been running at 73%, which is fairly good. This petition has been underway for over two years. Fortunately […]

North Carolina Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case

On November 26, North Carolina asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Bartlett v Strickland, no. 07-689. On August 24, 2007, the North Carolina Supreme Court had struck down the 2003 legislative districting plan, in regard to State House district 18. The Attorney General hopes to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court that the State Supreme […]

Pennsylvania Legislator Interested in Replacing Petitions with Filing Fees

Pennsylvania Representative Kerry Benninghoff has been seriously considering introducing a bill to let candidates get on ballots by paying a filing fee, instead of submitting a mandatory petition. The Pennsylvania legislature is still in session and will keep working during the first part of December 2007. Benninghoff is a Republican from Bellefonte and has served […]

Utah Libertarian Party Needs 540 More Valid Signatures

On November 29, the Utah state elections office finished checking the Libertarian Party’s petition, and told the party that the petition needs 540 more valid signatures. The party is free to get more signatures, as long as it gets the job done by February 15, the deadline for a Utah petition to recognize a new […]

Virginia Republican Presidential Primary Oath

On November 26, the Virginia State Board of Elections approved the Republican Party’s request that no one be permitted to vote in the February 12, 2008 Republican presidential primary, unless the voter signs an oath. It reads, “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for President.” In […]

Idaho Republicans Lose Lawsuit for Open Primary

On November 28, a U.S. District Court Judge in Idaho dismissed the lawsuit filed earlier this year by 72 Republican Party legislators, party officers and activists, asking for a closed primary. The judge noted that the Idaho Republican Party itself had not filed the lawsuit. He said the people who did file the lawsuit don’t […]