Monthly Archives: May 2010

Los Angeles Times Poll Shows Proposition 14 Supported by 52% of Voters

A poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times and for the University of Southern California shows that California’s Proposition 14 has the support of 52% of the voters. 28% oppose it. The other 20% is undecided. See this story. The poll was conducted May 19-26. The previous poll, by the PPIC, showed support at 60% […]

Party of National Social Unity Outpolls Green Party in Colombia's Presidential Election

With 86% of the vote counted, the presidential candidate of Colombia’s Party of National Social Unity is far outpacing the presidential candidate of the Green Party. Juan Manuel Santos has 46.5%, and the Green Party’s nominee, Antanas Mockus, has 21.7%. The Party of National Social Unity was formed in 2006. If no one gets 50%, […]

Washington State Trial Over Constitutionality of Top-Two Moved from October to November

On May 25, a U.S. District Court in Washington state moved the date for the opening of the trial in Washington State Republican Party v Washington State Grange from October 4 to November 15. This case concerns the constitutionality of Washington state’s top-two election system.

Iceland Party Founded by Comedian Wins Largest Share of Seats on Reykjavik City Council

Reykjavik, capital city of Iceland, held city council elections on May 29-30. Fifteen seats were up. Six of those seats have been filled by members of the Best Party, a new party founded by a comedian to make a satiric point. See this story. Thanks to Eric Garris for the link.

Mark Hinkle is New National Chair of Libertarian Party

On May 30, the Libertarian Party national convention elected Mark Hinkle as the new national chair. He replaces Bill Redpath, who has been chair for the past two terms. Mark Rutherford is the new vice-chair; Alicia Mattson is the new secretary; James Oaksun is the new treasurer.

Vallejo Times-Herald Asks for a "No" Vote on Proposition 14

The Vallejo Times-Herald of May 30 has this editorial, recommending a “No” vote on California’s Proposition 14, the top-two ballot measure on the June 8 ballot.

Several Existing California Ballot Access Laws are Vulnerable to Legal Challenge

Some well-meaning electoral reformers support California’s Proposition 14, the top-two measure on the June 8, 2010, ballot, because they are very dissatisfied with the status quo, and they feel that anything that changes the election system must be beneficial. However, if Proposition 14 is defeated, there is substantial reason to believe that some of California’s […]