Thursday, March 22, 2018

Citizens in Charge Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Independent Party

Ballot Access News

Citizens in Charge has filed this amicus curiae brief in Independent Party v Padilla, 17-1200. The issue in the case is whether the California Secretary of State violated the rights of the voters who formed the Independent Party, when he refused to instruct county election officials to tally up how many registered voters the Independent Party has. If that party has approximately 62,000 registered voters, then it should be recognized as a qualified party.

The amicus is very short and demonstrates that it has been very common for states to allow two parties to be on the ballot, even though both shared a common word in their name. The California Secretary of State had said there cannot be a party named “Independent Party” because the American Independent Party is on the ballot.

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