Texas Greens collecting online signatures, hiring petitioners for ballot access

The Texas Green Party has launched an online ballot access signature drive in an effort to collect the thousands of signatures required by law to place Green candidates on the ballot. If the TX Greens succeed in collecting over 40,000 needed signatures by May 22nd, their 18 declared candidates for office will appear on the ballot this November. Also, since the Texas Democratic Party has no candidate for comptroller this year, it’s likely that the Green candidate for comptroller would earn at least 5% of the vote, thereby gaining ballot access for the Green Party through 2012.

Help the Texas Green Party give voters a choice: sign and share the online petition.

In related news, the Texas Greens have started hiring paid petitioners to gather signatures on the ground before the May 22nd deadline. From the Texas Green Party facebook page:

Get paid to petition to put Green Party in Texas – contact Sean Haugh at 919-402-3489 – start asap!
…and make sure you tell kat you are so we can ensure you are on our list too! – kat@txgreens.org

Dave Schwab


  1. Richard Winger has more good Green Party news tonight at Ballot Access News

    According to this news story, New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera has appointed three members to a commission to plan new regulations for election procedures. One of the three is a Republican, one is a Democrat, and one is a Green.

    The problem with New Mexico is not the election regulations, but the election law itself. Ironically, the New Mexico Green Party is not ballot-qualified, even though it had a candidate in a partisan election in November 2008 who carried two counties, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. That Green Party nominee polled 43.69% of the vote for Public Regulation Commission in a two-person race with a Democrat. The Green Party meets the registration test to be a major party, and it meets the vote test to be a major party. But it still isn’t recognized, because a major party can’t be recognized unless it also meets the definition of a political party, and that means a group whose presidential candidate polled at least one-half of 1% for President or Governor, whichever was most recent. A lawsuit against that aspect of the law is pending in U.S. District Court.

  2. The Arlington Sun Gazette reports tonight.

    Green Party Fields County Board Candidate
    (Created: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:59 AM EDT)

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    The Arlington Green Party has nominated a candidate to take on Democrat Chris Zimmerman in November’s County Board election.

    The party is backing Kevin Chisholm, formerly chief energy manager for Arlington Public Schools and a resident of Arlington for 29 years.

    During his years in Arlington, Chisholm has been active in groups ranging from the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment to Habitat for Humanity and the Better Sports Club of Arlington. He also served on the Environment and Energy Conservation Commission.


  3. What’s the judicial backing for online signatures. I personally don’t think this would hold up in court.

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