Category: Election Laws

SCOTUS decision to take up gerrymandering case draws applause, but wait

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case (Gill v. Whitford) challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering should be a hopeful signal to everyone—well, except hardline, win-at-all-cost partisans. Unfortunately but predictably, I’m finding some short-sighted takes on this news.

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Running for office: All about the Benjamins, Andrews, Abes, and even Georges

In this week’s installment of the “Ready to Run” series, we take a look at dealing with campaign finance. It’s a subject that’s impossible to fit into a digestible column’s length, so if you come away with unanswered questions, please

Posted in Campaign Finance, Election Laws, Learn Civics

The politicization of everything, part 7,964: County election administration

Davidson County voters’ elections will now be administered by Kent Wall, following a 3-2 vote by the local election commission. Wall replaces former administrator Albert Tieche, who was fired in May after a state report detailed problems in the county’s

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Federal court ruling allows Tomasik to run as Libertarian Party candidate

The same judge who in 2012 declared parts of the state’s ballot access laws unconstitutional has issued an injunction requiring the Shelby County Election Commission to list Jim Tomasik as a Libertarian Party candidate in the upcoming House District 91

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More news on judicial (s)election

A Knoxville attorney is suing for the right to run for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, reports Tom Humphrey. Currently appellate judges do not run for office; but the Judicial Nominating Commission, which had handled the pre-selection of judicial

Posted in Election Laws, TN Judicial Elections