Monthly Archives: June 2010

U.S. District Court Will Issue Decision in Next Three Weeks on Whether Illinois Must Hold Special Election for U.S. Senate

On June 30, a U.S. District Court held a hearing in Judge v Quinn, the case over whether Illinois must hold a special U.S. Senate election on November 2, 2010, to fill the last two months of the U.S. Senate seat that became vacant when President Obama resigned from the U.S. Senate.  The judge indicated […]

California Bill Requiring Badges for Petitioners Placed on Inactive File

On June 28, California SB 1203 was placed on the inactive file in the Assembly.  This probably means the bill is dead.  The bill required petition circulators to wear badges, saying whether they are paid or not, and also saying what county the circulator is registered in.  If the circulator was not a registered voter, […]

West Virginia May Allow Special Election for U.S. Senate This November

This Washington Post story says many influential West Virginians are talking about holding a special election to fill U.S. Senator Robert Byrd’s seat this November.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Carries Op-Ed Critical of Georgia Ballot Access Laws

The June 29 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this op-ed by Chris Valley, criticizing the Georgia ballot access laws for statewide independents.  The op-ed does not mention that the law for independent candidates for district and county office is even worse.  Valley supports Brad Bryant, the independent candidate for State School Superintendent.

National League of Women Voters Endorses National Popular Vote Plan

On June 14, 2010, the national convention of the League of Women Voters, meeting in Atlanta, endorsed the National Popular Vote Plan.  The plan, if implemented, would result in the election of the presidential candidate who had received the most popular votes in the entire nation.

Rhode Island Ballot Access Improvement Bill Becomes Law

Rhode Island bill H7894 is now law.  The Governor declined to either sign it or veto it, so it becomes law without his signature.  It tells towns and cities in Rhode Island that they must let voters sign as many petitions for competing candidates as they wish. The new law will settle two pending federal […]

Decison Expected by End of Week In Mary Norwood Petition Case

On June 30, a state court in Georgia held a hearing in Norwood v Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, the case over whether signatures are valid if the candidate pre-prints the name of the county on each line of the petition form, instead of requiring each signer to write in the county name […]