The election laws in the state of Illinois are not a topic that is discussed often outside of college courses or political organizations, but their effect on political discourse in Illinois is far-reaching.
Running for public office without the backing of a major political party can be difficult. Not only must candidates negotiate strict ballot access requirements, low name recognition, and dismal fundraising, there are additional hurdles in today’s technologically advanced society. As the following candidates demonstrate, independent [read more]
In a victory for the Libertarian Party, the Montana Supreme Court ruled on March 25 that legislative referendum LR 127, which would have established top-two primary elections in the state, will not be placed on the general election ballot this November.
On March 5, 2014, the coalition EndPartisanship.org filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, challenging the constitutionality of partisan primaries. The suit argues that every voter should have full and equal access to every [read more]
The Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs will hear SB 1032 on March 13 at 1 p.m. This is the bill that lowers the number of registered voters a party must have to retain its place on the ballot, from 1% of the [read more]
California’s top-two election system –by its very design– excludes third parties from the general election ballot. But, as the law makes its debut in statewide races, minor parties say it’s undermining their ability to even [read more]