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Stein/Baraka build the Green Party

Stein/Baraka build the Green Party

A review of the effects of the 2016 presidential campaign By Dave Schwab, Wisconsin Green Party Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka’s 2016 Presidential campaign was the Green Party’s most highly visible campaign since Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke first brought the Greens to national prominence in 2000. The Stein/Baraka ticket won 1,457,226 votes, 1.1 percent of the 2016 total. This was the Greens’ highest share of the Presidential vote since 2000, when Nader and LaDuke earned 2.74 percent with 2,882,955…

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Running a Ballot Access Campaign

Running a Ballot Access Campaign

I laughed out loud when a Bernie or Buster called me to ask how to get THE petition to put Jill Stein and the Green Party on the ballot. Like so many people, this caller had no idea that there are 51 different procedures to put a Presidential candidate on the ballot in 51 states. As of this writing, August 2, we are on the ballot in 23 states, have filed to be on the ballot in another 11, and…

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Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

by Tabitha Hall, Albuquerque Greens, New Mexico Spurred on by their recent successes at the polls, New Mexico Greens took the lead in 1997-98 to push for meaningful electoral reform. Their legislative committee set the stage for a statewide, multi-partisan effort to institute ëInstant Runoff Votingí (IRV) for municipal and all state executive offices. IRV is a system in which the voter ranks the candidates in a particular race according to the voter’s preference. Each voter ranks the candidates, 1,…

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Green Party Ballot Status Update

Green Party Ballot Status Update

Correspondents include Richard Winger (CA), Dean Myerson, Gary Swing (CO), Michael Christopher (HI), Nancy Allen , John Rensenbrink (ME) Hawaiíi Green Party gains ballot status for ten years Hawaiíi, state law says that if a party qualifies for the ballot three election cycles in a row, it is entitled to 10 years automatic ballot status. But even though the Hawaiíi Green Party qualified three times in a row, they were being denied status after the ë96 elections. In 1992 and…

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Green Ballot Status Update

Green Ballot Status Update

Maine Greens fight to retain ballot status 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 them for…

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The national ballot access effort needs your help!

The national ballot access effort needs your help!

Steps towards success By Brian Bittner To create a sustainable framework for continued success, the Ballot Access Committee (BAC) needs all registered Greens and all who want the opportunity to legally register as Greens to make a commitment to winning ballot access. Ballot access is an essential component of the success to which the Green Party strives. Without it Green ranks of elected officials will not grow, nor will the Green Party win higher offices in a number of states….

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National and states prioritize ballot access

National and states prioritize ballot access

Presidential campaign ignites many state ballot drives By Brian Bittner, member of the GPUS Ballot Access Committee Ballot accessóthe ability to organize a political party, claim to represent a membership, run candidates for office, and have votes for those candidates countedóis like running water or electric lights. We depend on it for much of what we do without even thinking about it. Only in its absence do we stop to think about where it comes from and how we can…

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Ballot Access Requirements

Ballot Access Requirements

Minimum Number of Signatures Necessary to List a Green Party Candidate for President in November State Deadline Alabama 5,000 September 8 Alaska 3,128 August 6 Conn. 7,500 August 6 Idaho 5,984 August 25 Iowa 1,500 August 15 Kansas 5,000 August 4 Kentucky 5,000 September 2 Minnesota 2,000 September 9 Missouri 10,000 July 28 Montana 5,000 July 30 New Hampshire 3,000 August 6 New Jersey 800 July 28 New York 15,000 August 19 North Dakota 4,000 September 5 Ohio 5,000 August…

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Legal Challenge Changes Arkansas Ballot Access Law

Legal Challenge Changes Arkansas Ballot Access Law

Legal Challenge Changes Arkansas Ballot Access Law Greens Assert Their Rights by Mark Swaney, Green Party of Arkansas There was no “legitimate state purpose” to having different standards for independent compared to partisan candidates. One of the greatest challenges the Green Party faces across the United States are ballot access laws written by Democrats and Republicans aimed at excluding alternative voices so they are not heard. In Arkansas this year, those laws are in flux as a direct result of…

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Democrats Tighten Noose On Nader In Punitive Attack On “Third Party” Candidates

Democrats Tighten Noose On Nader In Punitive Attack On “Third Party” Candidates

Democrats Tighten Noose On Nader In Punitive Attack On “Third Party” Candidates by Michael Richardson “Major party interests naturally lean more toward rigging and sabotaging than insuring fair and competitive fights.” – Mark Brown The Democrats are tightening the financial noose around Ralph Nader for his failed bid to obtain ballot access in Pennsylvania during his 2004 Presidential campaign. Nader had been deprived a place on the ballot after extensive litigation brought by the Democrats, and was later assessed a…

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