Monthly Archives: September 2011

Second Circuit Upholds New York State Law, Forbidding Non-Members of a Party to Circulate Primary Petitions

On September 30, 2011, the Second Circuit upheld New York state laws that make it illegal for non-members of a party to circulate a petition to place a candidate on the primary ballot of a party. Maslow v Board of Elections in the City of New York, 08-3075-cv. The decision is 3-0 and is only […]

U.S. District Court Judges in Texas will Create Congressional Redistricting Map

On September 30, a 3-judge U.S. District Court in Texas issued a ruling, saying the judges will prepare an interim map of U.S. House districts for Texas, just in case the map prepared by the legislature this year is held to violate the federal Voting Rights Act. The decision as to whether the legislature’s districts […]

Florida Will Hold Presidential Primary on January 31

On September 30, Florida state officials said the state will hold its presidential primary on January 31, 2012. See this story. This will cause certain other states to hold their primaries and caucuses earlier as well, so that, as in 2008, the earliest primaries will be in the first half of January. In 2008, the […]

New York City Ballot in Special U.S. House Race of September 13

Thanks to a helpful commenter to an earlier blog post, here is a picture of the New York ballot for U.S. House, in the special election of September 13 in the 9th district. The image is very fuzzy, but it possible to see that the two major party nominees were in the top line on […]

Americans Elect Nomination Procedures Explained by John Avlon

John Avlon has this article on CNN, detailing how presidential candidates may qualify for the Americans Elect on-line presidential primary. The article says candidates nominated by the Americans Elect leadership need 10,000 “clicks” from the ranks of people who have signed up to be voters in the Americans Elect primary. Those not suggested by the […]

Working Families Party Will Help Bolster Protest on Wall Street

According to this article, the Working Families Party will assist in enlarging the ongoing protest on Wall Street.

Arizona State Court Hears Testimony in "Sham Candidate" Lawsuit

On September 29, a lower state court in Arizona heard testimony in a lawsuit over whether Olivia Cortes should remain on the ballot in the upcoming recall election of State Senate President Russell Pearce. See this story. In Arizona, when a recall petition succeeds, the office-holder being recalled is on the ballot, along with any […]