Ben Philpott reports at KERA in Dallas:
Texas is considered one of the hardest states in the country for a third-party or independent candidate to get onto the ballot. The stringent ballot access laws have been one reason why the Texas Green Party hasn’t been on the ballot since 2002. But as KUT’s Ben Philpott reports – party activists hope that dry spell ends in 2010.
There were no TV cameras Monday in front of the Texas Secretary of State’s office building south of the Capitol. No crowd of cheering supporters. But statewide coordinator Kat Swift with the Green Party of Texas says the dozen or so boxes filled with signed petitions spoke louder than a roaring crowd.
Swift: “And we have with us – 93-thousand petitions roughly of Texas voters who did not vote in the primary – who want to see the Green Party on the ballot.”