Monthly Archives: October 2011

Idaho Democratic Party Maintains Open Primary for Itself

Over the weekend of October 29-30, the Idaho Democratic Party formally decided to continue to permit all registered voters to choose a Democratic Party primary ballot. See this story. The decision was expected. The Idaho Democratic Party have been critical of the Republican Party for having sued the state to obtain a closed Republican primary.

Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Dates, Cities for General Election 2012 Debates

On October 31, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that it will again hold presidential general election debates, and named the dates and locations for each of the four debates. The only vice-presidential debate will be October 11, at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The three presidential debates will be: (1) October 3, University of […]

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Require Mississippi to Use 2010 Census Data for This Year's Elections

On October 31, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed the decision of a 3-judge U.S. District Court in the southern district of Mississippi. The 3-judge court had ruled on May 16, 2011, that the 2011 legislative elections may be held using the districts drawn after the 2000 census. The NAACP had argued that because the […]

October 2011 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News October 1, 2011 – Volume 27, Number 5 This issue was printed on white paper. Table of Contents MINOR PARTY PETITIONS ELIMINATED IN FLORIDA, OHIO NEBRASKA VICTORY THIRD CIRCUIT CHANGES MIND ON CARL LEWIS CALIFORNIA WRITE-INS SAVED IN LEGISLATURE OPEN PRIMARY LAWSUIT NEWS MORE LAWSUIT NEWS BOOK REVIEW: VITO MARCANTONIO: RADICAL POLITICIAN […]

Uncertainty over Texas Redistricting Could Postpone Candidate Filing Period

According to this story, courts that are currently evaluating Texas’ new U.S. House districts might conceivably alter the deadline by which candidates file for the primary.

Efforts Underway in at Least Six States to Lobby for Better Ballot Access Laws in 2012

The last two months of the year are good times for anyone who wants better ballot access laws (or better laws of any kind) to ask a state legislator to introduce such bills early in the following calendar year. While state legislative sessions in most states are longer and more active in odd years, almost […]

Ohio Law that Criminalizes "Making a False Statement Concerning the Voting Record of a Candidate" Challenged in 6th Circuit

In 1995, the Ohio legislature passed SB 9, which says “No person, during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or office of a political party, shall knowingly…make a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate or public official.” Ever since enactment, this law has been the subject […]