New in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
, from Capital’s Mark Brown: a review of recent ballot access battles in Ohio. I suspect there’s even more to add to the “major-party monopoly” argument if you add the legislature’s all-out gerrymandering… Continue reading
Spotlight PA has a feature
on Pennsylvania school board elections with closed primaries (you’ve got to be a member of the party to vote in that party’s primary) and cross-filing (in which candidates can appear on multiple parties’ ballots).
I’m… Continue reading
A proposed change to next year’s Montana U.S. Senate primary that could have hurt Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection chances is likely dead after a state legislative committee shelved the GOP-backed measure Wednesday.
Some Republican lawmakers urged on… Continue reading
A top-two primary, but only for U.S. Senate
, and only for 2024. That’s in one bill that Montana legislators advanced on Monday.
A second Montana bill
advancing Monday would raise thresholds for parties to qualify for the ballot, and… Continue reading
Hat tip to Richard Winger, of course, on the news
I’d be intrigued to see if there’s any correlation between the major-party vote margin and the permissiveness of a state’s minor-party ballot access structure.
Former senator Joe Lieberman knows better than most the impact third-party bids can have on presidential elections. His 2000 Democratic campaign for vice president fell just 537 Florida votes short of victory, in a state where Ralph Nader, the… Continue reading
A prominent Democratic think tank is raising alarms about a third-party ticket spoiling 2024 for Democrats and landing DONALD TRUMP back in the White House.
A new two-page memo from Third Way, obtained by Playbook, takes aim at the potential “unity ticket”… Continue reading
A jury of six people found Seminole County GOP Chairman Ben Paris guilty on Thursday of causing his cousin’s name to be falsely listed on independent “ghost” candidate Jestine Iannotti’s campaign contribution forms in 2020.Paris was sentenced… Continue reading
In North Carolina’s high-profile U.S. Senate race this November, the Green Party may not have the chance to play spoiler.That’s because the state Board of Elections, which is controlled by Democrats, has — so far — refused to… Continue reading
Richard Winger, at Ballot Access New
s has a full summary and critique of the decision. The case involved a challenge to Alabama’s decision to give a free list of registered voters to qualified parties, state legislators, and a variety… Continue reading
The U.S. District Court in Maine struck down two ballot access provisions that make it more difficult for minor parties to gain access to Maine’s ballot. Richard Winger offers a clear synopsis of the case, Baines v. Bellows, No. 1:19-cv-00509-LEW
… Continue reading
Internal jostling for leadership of Florida’s Republican Party has shaken loose a revelation bolstering allegations the GOP regularly runs third-party candidates funded by “dark money” shadow groups to win elections.In an email sent Tuesday to all Florida… Continue reading
President Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort to exert continued influence after he leaves the White House.Mr. Trump discussed the matter with… Continue reading
The Green Party candidates for president and vice-president are demanding that the Wisconsin Supreme Court put them on the ballot today. “The court should have made a decision by now. We want a decision today to put us… Continue reading