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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Ballot access; candidate deadlines. Reduces the number of signatures of registered voters required by a political party or an independent candidate to gain ballot access for all federal, state, and local offices and for local offices in a single political subdivision, and allows a political party obtaining ballot access by these methods to nominate its candidates by a state or local convention. Provides certain filing, certification, and withdrawal deadlines for petitions of nomination and candidates nominated by a state convention. Allows a party whose candidate obtains at least 0.5% of the total vote cast for federal or state office to remain on the ballot for all federal, state, and local offices until none of the party's candidates for federal or state office meet that requirement in two consecutive elections. Provides for certain deadlines for filling state convention candidate and early candidate vacancies.