Arkansas Green Party Sues For Ballot Access

The ACLU and the Green Party of Arkansas has filed a law suit against Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels who has determined that the Green Party will no longer be recognized based on not exceeding 3% of the vote for President in Arkansas in 2008. In that same year, Rebekah Kennedy earned 20% of the vote in Arkansas in a state wide race for US Senate, and candidates for 3 of 4 US House seats earned 23% (Deb McFarland), 21% (Abel Tomlinson) and 14% (Joshua Drake), and elected a candidate to the State House (Richard Carroll).

More on this case as it develops, but here is the lawsuit, and here is the press release issued by the ACLU.

Ballot Access News
found this TV News report.

Ronald Hardy


  1. The Green Party of Arkansas has impressed me so much. I have been remiss in my radio show. I will call out to Arkansas this weekend and see if I can get them to come on the show.

    I know there are several states who are doing amazing things, but Maine, Arkansas and Illinois have to be my top three faves.

  2. Here in Michigan, a year after we garnered ballot status in 2000, our legislature changed the law on maintaining ballot status. The candidate whose vote total was used was changed from the top of the ticket candidate to any candidate on the ballot. We’ve been able to maintain the ballot through our university board candidates since then.

  3. That’s good news Lou. Here in South Carolina all we must do (currently) to maintain ballot status is run one candidate in a partisan race somewhere in the state once every four years.

    I’d prefer to have registration by party with a reasonable minimum to maintain ballot status so we would have both a reason and the means to register people into the party. But, for now, these laws benefit all of South Carolina’s political parties.

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