21 May 2015
By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News
On May 20, the Sixth Circuit upheld the aspect of Michigan ballot
access laws for new parties that requires newly-qualifying parties to
submit approximately twice as many signatures as the number of votes
needed for an established party to remain on the ballot. Erard v
Michigan Secretary of State, 14-1873.
The decision is only eight pages
and does not even mention the two precedents that say states cannot
require more signatures for a new party than it requires votes for an
old party. Those precedents are the U.S. Supreme Court decision
Williams v Rhodes, and a 3-judge U.S. District Court decision from
Massachusetts in 1972 called Baird v Davorem....
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