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An appeal from Rob Sarvis

3 Dec
Virginia needs a more open and competitive political system. Here are three proposals that would help:
1) Reduce the threshold for ballot-qualified party status to 2% of the vote in statewide elections.

2) Reduce the ballot signature threshold to 5,000 for all statewide offices (Gov., Lt. Gov., Atty. Gen., U.S. Sen.).

3) Enact ranked-choice (instant-runoff) voting in Virginia elections. No more claims of spoilers or wasted votes.

We need to get these bills introduced, and the deadline is fast approaching. Please help by taking action NOW. Find out how: http://www.robertsarvis.com/electoral-reform-bills
Thank you!

Robert Sarvis

http://www.robertsarvis.com/

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Harry Browne and Richard Winger inducted into Libertarian Hall of Fame

2 Jul

The latest attempt to preserve the two party system from competition

23 Jun

This earnest looking, establishment pajama boy explains why all parties should be in one primary so all but two establishment party candidates can be eliminated months before the general election, by having the two parties, with their corporate PAC money and union bused and managed voters, eliminate any competition in the primaries.

This is one suspects a direct response to the two parties losing so many voters to the ranks of registered independents (and also to non-voters).  It’s a repeat of when the Democrats and Republicans virtually outlawed new parties during the Great Depression, with tough new ballot access laws, because Socialist and other parties started electing mayors.

Does that mean they know we are teetering on the brink?  It’s the establishment’s way of saying “assume crash position?”

No more residency requirement for D.C. ballot petition circulators?

25 Dec

Law change will make it easier for candidates and causes to get on the D.C. 
ballot. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
A proposed change to D.C. election law stands to make it somewhat easier 
to get a candidate or a cause on city ballots.
For time immemorial, those who gather signatures of D.C. voters for 
ballot petitions have been required to be D.C. voters themselves. On 
several occasions, candidates, referendums or initiatives have had 
scads of signatures challenged and disqualified after elections 
officials determined circulators weren’t in fact eligible voters.

But D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is proposing to take that 
particular arrow out of the petition-challenger’s quiver. That’s because 
the city is now being sued by the Libertarian Party over this very issue
and Mendelson is anticipating a loss.
This, from a memo sent to council members and staff Thursday: 
The existing requirement [that a circulator be a registered voter] is in apparent conflict with the Supreme Court’s decision in Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation, Inc. Further, a number of decisions in the United States Courts of Appeals strongly suggest that the residency requirement upon petition circulators, even in the absence of a registration requirement, could be successfully challenged on First Amendment grounds. … These amendments are intended to ensure that District of Columbia election law provides for the full enjoyment of core political speech by all persons as contemplated by the U.S. Constitution through participation in candidate and initiative petition circulation processes.
The Buckley case, brought by a group pursuing a ballot initiative in Colorado, 
was decided in 1999 and has been used by the Libertarians in other 
jurisdictions, including Virginia, to eliminate various circulator eligibility 
requirements. The bill could have that significant practical effect of making it 
easier for well-funded candidates or causes to hire professional petition circulators.
Mendelson’s emergency bill is expected to be taken up Tuesday by the D.C. Council.