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A New Party’s Qualification for the Ballot in Texas

Robert Timothy Reagan, Margaret S. Williams, Marie Leary, Catherine R. Borden, Jessica L. Snowden, Patricia D. Breen, Jason A. Cantone
February 24, 2016
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Natural Law Party of Texas v. Bomer (James R. Nowlin, W.D. Tex. 1:00 cv 592)
A district judge determined that it was proper for election officials to use statistical sampling to determine that a new political party had not submitted enough signatures to qualify for a general election ballot. Moreover, the party waited four weeks to file its complaint and then another week to seek an injunction.
Topics: Getting on the ballot; laches; interlocutory appeal.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.