- Hispanic Voters Drift From GOP (By MIRIAM JORDAN, Wall Street Journal) The report by the nonpartisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or Naleo, also shows Hispanics—the fastest-growing voter bloc—are increasingly prone to register as independent, mirroring the trend among all voters
- Iowa Democrats have 100,000 more registered voters than Republicans (BLOG POST BY JENNIFER JACOBS, Des Moines Register)
- Head Strong: Calif. idea is worth a look for all of us (By Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Inquirer) Yes, there are exciting primaries for the office of governor and senator, but what is really worth monitoring is the ballot initiative Proposition 14, which would drastically change the way the Golden State (and hopefully, the country) elects public officials.
- Will bored California Democrats stay home on Election Day? (By Steven Harmon, Mercury News)
- The Prop. 14 bait-and-switch (Michael Feinstein, LA Times) Note: author is co-chairman of US Green Party
- Proposition 14 Puts Primaries Shakeup on California Ballot - 'Top Two' Proposal Championed by Governor, Opposed by Parties (By ALEX PEPPER, ABC News)
- Wayne Root: ‘The Prop 14 Disaster: The End of Free Speech, Independence, Choice and Dissent’ (Independent Political Report) Note: Indeed, the END OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT!!! HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS! - NH
- Brad Smith, Diligent Independent Candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina, Intervenes in Ballot Access Lawsuit on Side of Plaintiffs (Ballot Access News)
- Independents get their shot in Oregon's governor race (By NIGEL DUARA, Seattle Times) For voters, this means ballots in what's called "fusion voting" may look slightly different.
(Photo by IPNYC activist Laiza Garcia)
- For Charter, it's all in the timing (Crain's New York) Another issue that clearly falls within the serious work category is nonpartisan elections, particularly since it was defeated only several years ago. Answering these questions demands real deliberation.
- Charter Revision: Speaking Truth to Power (City Pragmatist) In a pre-emptive strike against the evening’s main event, Community Service Society CEO David Jones argued that non-partisan elections and the elimination of party primaries would erode the gains that minorities have achieved through the Democratic Party. Harry Kresky of the Independence Party rebutted him. Phil Thompson bemoaned the exclusion of non-citizens from the election process. Jones noted that the incarcerated were similarly excluded.
- Last Nights Charter Revision Hearing (100 Percent Bronx blog) Goldstein then allowed each of the five to have eight minutes that turned into fifteen minutes to talk on the subject of low voter turnout in New York City elections. When it got to lawyer Kresky the subject of non-partisan elections was interjected by him as a way to increase voter participation, and the partisan Independence Party crowd cheered.
Note: NYC Independence Party about 25% input on decisions about statewide candidates, and therefore has limited influence.
- Showdown simmering over Independence Party Attorney General nod (ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, NY Daily News)
- Como To Skip Addabbo Senate Race And Renew BoE Exec Director Push (By Edward-Isaac Dovere, City Hall News)
- WFP blinks, endorses placeholders (Maggie Haberman, Politico/On New York)
- DiNapoli gets WFP, but Indies back Wilson (Albany Times Union/Capitol, by Jimmy Vielkind)
- The Working Families Party: We Will Unify With Democrats (By Azi Paybarah, WNYC)