How Can Democrats Replace Bayh?

By
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

So, here’s my understanding of how Indiana law works in a situation like the one Evan Bayh has created. Tuesday — tomorrow — is the last day that a candidate can start collecting signatures for a Senate race. By Friday, that candidate needs to have 500 valid signatures in all nine of Indiana’s congressional districts.

What if no one qualifies for the ballot? That lets the party with no candidate pick its nominee by June. That’s what Democrats would like to happen here. The wrinkle is that Tamyra d’Ippolito, a first-time candidate, is already running, albeit reportedly having trouble with her last 1,000 signatures or so. If she qualifies for the race, Democrats would be forced to run a write-in campaign for the May 4 primary.

Follow David Weigel on Twitter


Categories & Tags: |

Comments

19 Comments

uberVU - social comments
Trackback posted February 15, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by TWI_news: How Can Democrats Replace Bayh? http://bit.ly/dofmRx...


Bye-bye Bayh : The Reid Report
Pingback posted February 15, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

[...] p.m.: More on the bad timing of Bayh’s quitterism. David Weigel of the Washington Independent points out that Bayh has left his party with very little time to fill his seat, since tomorrow is the last day [...]


Candace
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

Actually that is NOT how it works in Indiana. The deadline for collecting 4500 signatures (500 from each of the 9 districts) is Feb. 16th at noon. Once that happens, the candidate must submit the declaration by Friday the 19th at noon. Since that task isn't going to happen and there essentially isn't a Democratic candidate from Indiana for bayh's seat, then the Indiana State Democratic Central Committee will appoint a candidate by May 4th.


econoblog.info » I’ll Believe in the Tea Baggers if Tamyra Gets the Signatures
Pingback posted February 15, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

[...] Right now, the Democratic Party (having been royally screwed by its current Senator) is hoping that Tammy doesn’t get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, which would enable them to pick someone without bothering with a primary. [...]


mepmep09
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

Thanks for that elaboration.

What's the purpose of the 3-day interim period between signature collection deadline, and declaration of candidacy? Does counting/authentication of signatures take place in that period?


Candace
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

I apologize, because I typed something incorrectly in my first comment and I will correct that now.

The candidate filing period for the Indiana primary started on Jan. 20th and ends on Feb 19th at noon. US Senate candidates must complete the petition with the 4500 signatures in addition to filing the candidate form.

Theoretically, a candidate could file the candidate form on Jan 20th and then seek the required signatures: they don't have to wait to get the signatures before filing. The way I typed it in my first comment was incorrect.

However, you are right to point out there is a “validation” period of sorts. I believe that is why the petition period ends a few days before the candidate filing date, so there is time for the counties to validate signatures.

Sorry for any confusion on that topic!


mepmep09
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

No problem. Thanks again!


Evan Bayh was an Ineffectual Senator with Zero Major Legislative Accomplishments | Top Stories
Pingback posted February 15, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

[...] this decision is demonstrative of his utter shallowness as a legislator. As Dave Weigel explains Bayh has left Democrats in a lurch, Tuesday — tomorrow — is the last day that a candidate can start collecting signatures for a [...]


Reebok Washington Capitals Red Premier Hockey Jersey | Washington Capitals NHL Announcer
Pingback posted February 15, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

[...] How Can Democrats Replace Bayh? « The Washington Independent [...]


Candace
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

Actually that is NOT how it works in Indiana. The deadline for collecting 4500 signatures (500 from each of the 9 districts) is Feb. 16th at noon. Once that happens, the candidate must submit the declaration by Friday the 19th at noon. Since that task isn't going to happen and there essentially isn't a Democratic candidate from Indiana for bayh's seat, then the Indiana State Democratic Central Committee will appoint a candidate by May 4th.


mepmep09
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

Thanks for that elaboration.

What's the purpose of the 3-day interim period between signature collection deadline, and declaration of candidacy? Does counting/authentication of signatures take place in that period?


Candace
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

I apologize, because I typed something incorrectly in my first comment and I will correct that now.

The candidate filing period for the Indiana primary started on Jan. 20th and ends on Feb 19th at noon. US Senate candidates must complete the petition with the 4500 signatures in addition to filing the candidate form.

Theoretically, a candidate could file the candidate form on Jan 20th and then seek the required signatures: they don't have to wait to get the signatures before filing. The way I typed it in my first comment was incorrect.

However, you are right to point out there is a “validation” period of sorts. I believe that is why the petition period ends a few days before the candidate filing date, so there is time for the counties to validate signatures.

Sorry for any confusion on that topic!


mepmep09
Comment posted February 15, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

No problem. Thanks again!


I’ll Believe in the Tea Baggers if Tamyra Gets the Signatures | Bear Market Investments
Pingback posted February 15, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

[...] Right now, the Democratic Party (having been royally screwed by its current Senator) is hoping that Tammy doesn’t get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, which would enable them to pick someone without bothering with a primary. [...]


New Orleans Saints Beat Washington Redskins, 6 December 2009 | Washington Redskins NFL Announcer
Pingback posted February 16, 2010 @ 5:26 am

[...] How Can Democrats Replace Bayh? « The Washington Independent [...]


Most Tweeted Articles by Progressives Experts
Pingback posted February 16, 2010 @ 6:55 am

[...] Not For Hurting Consumers, But For Energizing Health Reform Advocates 4 Tweets How Can Democrats Replace Bayh? « The Washington Independent 4 Tweets Cheney Admits War Crimes, Media Yawns, Obama Turns Cheek On Sunday, in [...]


Alex Sink fires up her base in Tampa | Daily Loaf | Pinellas County FL Real Estate
Pingback posted February 16, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

[...] How Can Democrats Replace Bayh? « The Washington Independent [...]


Twitter Roundup | Porch Dog
Pingback posted February 22, 2010 @ 9:30 am

[...] How the Dems can replace Bayh (Washington Independent) [...]


ETF FOOL
Pingback posted March 6, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

[...] Right now, the Democratic Party (having been royally screwed by its current Senator) is hoping that Tammy doesn’t get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, which would enable them to pick someone without bothering with a primary. [...]


RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.