Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Texas Bill that Both Helps and Hurts Ballot Access is Signed

Ballot Access News

On June 10, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 2504. It makes it easier for a party to remain on the ballot. The old vote test was either 2% for Governor, or 5% for any statewide race. The new vote test is 2% for any statewide office at any of the last five elections. The bill has the effect of putting the Green Party on the ballot for 2020, because it polled over 2% for a few statewide races in 2016.
Unfortunately, the same bill imposes filing fees on the nominees of parties that nominate by convention, which includes all parties other than the Republican and Democratic Parties.

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