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Pennsylvania Greens help prevent weakening of state ballot access

Pennsylvania Greens help prevent weakening of state ballot access

by Tom Linzey, Shippenburg (PA), legal advisory, ASGP Fall 1997 A hearty thanks to all the national greens that assisted us here in Pennsylvania with the defeat of Senate Bill 200, a bill which would have doubled or tripled ballot access requirements for third parties and independent candidates. If this bill had been in place in 1996, circulators for the presidential campaign would have been forced to gather 99,000 signatures for ballot access. Responding to grassroots pressure, Governor Thomas Ridge…

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Green Ballot Status Update

Green Ballot Status Update

Maine Greens fight to retain ballot status Fall 1997 by Nancy Allen, co-chair, Maine Green Party The Maine Green Party (MEGP) was founded in 1984. In 1992, their first Congressional candidate, Jonathan Carter, received 10% in a district covering half the state. In 1994, Carter received 6.5% for Governor, topping the 5% in a statewide race the Greens needed to achieve ballot status. At that time, the MEGP assumed that according to their reading of the law, this would qualify…

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