Monthly Archives: June 2009
Almost all of the interesting election law bills in the U.S. House have continued to add co-sponsors during June. In order of how many co-sponsors each bill has, here is a list: 1. Popular vote on Puerto Rico status: 151 (HR 2499) 2. Paper Trail for Vote-Counting Machines: 80 (HR 2894) 3. Public Funding for […]
The New York Times of June 30 reports that the New York State Senate is no closer to establishing a compromise, than it was two weeks ago. With no settlement of who the Senate’s officers are, no business is being conducted.
On June 30, the Libertarian Party filed its brief in the 5th circuit in the presidential ballot access case that originated in 2008. The brief is 47 pages. The issue was whether the Secretary of State should have accepted the paperwork for the party’s presidential electors on September 10. The U.S. District Court had ordered […]
On June 30, the Green Party put out this press release, calling on the United States government to request that Cynthia McKinney and twenty other individuals be released from Israeli custody.
Three bills in the California legislature propose the Indirect Initiative. The Indirect Initiative combines the initiative with state legislative action. The bill most favorable to the initiative process is SCA 16, by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord). Currently, initiatives to change a state law require signatures equal to 5% of the last gubernatorial vote, and then […]
On June 30, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Al Franken, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate last November, won that election. Here is the 32 page decision. UPDATE: at 3 p.m. central daylight time, Norm Coleman said he would not appeal this decision, nor file a federal lawsuit. Thanks to ElectionLawBlog for the […]
On June 26, the Connecticut House defeated an amendment to the budget bill, SB 1801, that would have defunded public financing for candidates for state office. The amendment was offered by Corky Mazurek, a Democrat from Wolcott. His amendment was defeated 37-98. All Republicans but one voted for it, but all Democrats except three voted […]