Monthly Archives: April 2005

“Ballot party order protested”

See this report from New Hampshire, whibh begins: “When it comes to elections, Rep. Charlie Yeaton says he has it rough. His last name and membership in the Democratic party relegate him to the bottom of the ballot, a slot he thinks may be costing him votes. Which is why Yeaton and a handful of other lawmakers with similar complaints asked a Merrimack Country Superior Court judge yesterday to help them out. They want to overturn a state law that puts the most powerful political party first on the ballot. The law, they say, gives an unfair advantage to Republicans, who have secured the top ballot slot for 40 years. They’d also like the state to stop listing candidates in alphabetical order.” See also here. Thanks to James Alcorn for the pointer.

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“Dems and GOP seek to throw out ‘top-two primary”

This story from Washington State explains: “The state Democratic and Republican parties announced Tuesday they are prepared to sue to get rid of the new primary system voters just approved….The Republicans and Democrats probably joined by the Libertarians will file civil litigation seeking to throw out the “top-two primary” and the new court battle begins again said state Republican chairman Chris Vance.” I have a keen interest in this litigation, having examined the constitutionality in detail in relation to California’s Proposition 62, which voters considered (but rejected) last November.

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