Breaking: In 4-3 Vote NOT Along Party Lines, Wisconsin Supreme Court Keeps Green Party Off the Ballot (Link to Opinion), Which Should Allow Ballots to Be Printed (But Kanye West Appeal Perhaps Coming and Delaying Things Further?)

You can find the opinions and dissent here. Conservative Justice Bruce Hagedorn joined the court’s liberals to form a majority. One of the dissents refers to this case as “perhaps one of the mostimportant cases in a judicial lifetime.” Really? … Continue reading

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Major Republican firm Holtzman Vogel is Representing Kanye West in His Attempt to Get on the Wisconsin Ballot [UPDATE: Apparently This Was a Clerical Error and Firm Not Representing West]

In case anyone still had doubts about what this was all about. Kanye West's address in his court filing to get on the ballot in Wisconsin is the law office of Jill Holtzman Vogel, a Republican state senator from Virginia … Continue reading

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7th Circuit Affirms Order Easing Way for Libertarian Party and Others Onto the Illinois Ballot, After Illinois Elections Board Changed Its Mind

From the unsigned order: Once again in its appellate briefs the Board asks this court to reverse the district court’s decisions and permit the Board to determine the best options for balancing the, plaintiffs’ interests with the statutory ballot access … Continue reading

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“Bice: Wisconsin Republicans help Kanye West in his attempt to get on state presidential ballot”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: The rapper’s campaign turned in a number of signatures on Tuesday in a bid to get on the November presidential ballot in Wisconsin. He is making similar attempts in Ohio, Arkansas and West Virginia.Reid Magney, spokesman for the state Elections Commission, said it could be several … Continue reading

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Revised Version Available of My Paper on Direct Democracy Rights During a Pandemic, Taking Into Account Awful 6th Circuit Opinion from Tuesday

Draft here (paper is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review Online). Abstract: Putting aside the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee, the case over extending the date for receipt of absentee ballots … Continue reading

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Sixth Circuit, in Troubling Decision, Reverses District Court Decision Requiring Ohio to Accept Electronic Signatures for Initiative Petitions

You can find the per curiam opinion of the three-judge panel here. This opinion is troubling, and fits into a larger pattern of the court not protecting direct democracy during the pandemic. Indeed, I have this forthcoming piece in the … Continue reading

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“Federal judge overturns Michigan’s ballot access rule for independent candidates”

Detroit News: A federal district judge on Sunday overturned state law governing independent candidates’ access to the ballot and lowered the signature threshold for qualification in 2020.  Michigan Eastern District Judge Victoria Roberts ruled that the state’s ballot access requirements were “severely … Continue reading

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Arizona (So This May Have National Implications for 2020): “Libertarian Party tells Supreme Court state law keeps its candidates off ballot”

Tucson.com: The Arizona Libertarian Party is making a last-ditch effort to quash a state statute that it says was designed to keep its candidates off the ballot.In filings with the U.S. Supreme Court, attorney Oliver Hall from the Center for … Continue reading

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