Monthly Archives: December 2011

Florida Removes Socialist Workers Party from the List of Qualified Parties

On December 20, the Florida Secretary of State disqualified the Socialist Workers Party, on the grounds that it has not complied with the 2011 law that required all parties to re-qualify. The new law required all parties to again submit a list of party officers, and to furnish certain other information about the party rules. […]

New Americans Elect National Signature Total

Each week, the Americans Elect web page reveals how many signatures have been collected nationwide. The latest tally shows 2,370,633, which is a gain of 57,554 during the preceding week. By comparison, the previous week had seen an increase of 60,042.

Alabama Senator Cam Ward Files Two Ballot Access Improvement Bills

Alabama State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) has introduced two bills to improve ballot access for minor parties and independent candidates. SB 15 would reduce petitions for a previously unqualified party from 3% of the last gubernatorial vote to 5,000 signatures, for statewide status. A party that wished to qualify in only part of the state […]

Four Other Republican Presidential Candidates Join Rick Perry's Virginia Ballot Access Lawsuit

According to this story, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum have all joined Rick Perry’s lawsuit against the Virginia ballot access law for presidential primaries. The court’s website does not yet reflect this filing, but that is probably because court employees, like employees of many government offices and non-government offices alike, worked […]

Congressional Quarterly Publishes "America Votes 2010"

Congressional Quarterly has just published “America Votes 2010”, a 465-page book of election returns from each state for Congress and Governor. The book is the 29th in the series. A similar book is published every two years. The author, as in recent past years, is Rhodes Cook. America Votes 2010 is the only reference book […]

Montana Supreme Court Upholds State Law Banning Corporations from Spending Money on Campaign Messages about Candidates

On December 30, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state law that makes it illegal for corporations to spend money, disseminating messages supporting or attacking candidates for state office. See this story. The vote was 5-2. Here is the 80-page opinion. The majority opinion is 29 pages, and the dissents are 51 pages. The case […]

Ohio Democratic Presidential Primary Will Have Two Candidates; Republicans Ballot to List Seven Candidates

On December 30, filing closed for the Ohio presidential primary. The Democratic ballot will include President Obama, and Randall Terry. The Republican presidential primary ballot will list Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Each of these candidates needed 1,000 signatures. None of the five qualified minor […]