Texas Green Party announces successful petition drive

From the Green Party of Texas:

Green Party of Texas to Hold Press Conference

Turning in of Over 90,000 Petition Signatures
to Secretary of State on Monday

Monday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.
Signatures will be turned in immediately after the press conference.

Outside the Secretary of State’s office, Rusk Building
208 East 10th Street, 3rd Floor, Austin

The Green Party of Texas will turn in over 90,000 signatures on Monday, in an effort to get the Party on the General Election ballot this November. If accepted, this will be the first time the Green Party has had ballot access since 2002.

The State of Texas maintains one of the nation’s most restrictive ballot access policies. Currently, a political party seeking a place on the ballot must gather 43,991 valid signatures before the Secretary of State recognize it as an official political party.

To further complicate the process, Texas requires that signatures be gathered during a very narrow time period of 75 days, and only registered voters who did not vote in the primary are eligible to sign. This “primary screen-out” provision is exclusive to Texas. All other states that previously had this provision have since eliminated it.

Green Party of Texas
Free and Equal

Kat Swift
Statewide Coordinator

Nicolas Freeman

Dave Schwab

One Comment

  1. For those who have not been following the struggle in Texas, here are some additions & clarifications:

    As of this release, those two words “If accepted” are big. The Green Party of Texas is still awaiting verification of the signatures & certification by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

    The number of signatures required represents 1% of the total vote count in the previous (2006) gubernatorial election. The more people vote for the governor, the more difficult it is for independents and non-duopoly parties to obtain ballot lines.

    Also, Texas does have candidates for various federal, state, & county offices: See http://txgreens.org/drupal/Candidates. Of particular note is Ed Lindsay for Comptroller, in a race with no Democratic nominee. If Ed receives at least 5% of the vote against a Republican and a Libertarian, the Texas Greens are assured ballot access in 2012 without the necessity of a petition drive.

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