The Arizona Green Party is having its first state run presidential primary on Tuesday. With 5,000 registered Greens, the Party is hoping for a high turnout. Press release from the Arizona Greens:
Arizona Green Party encourages all registered Greens to vote in Presidential Preference Election
For the first time in party history, the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) will participate in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election (PPE), scheduled for this Tuesday, February 28, 2012. AZGP was founded in 1990, but has never held ballot status in time to participate in a Presidential Primary. In 1996 and 2004, AZGP did not have a ballot line. And, in 1992, 2000 and 2008, the party did not achieve ballot status until after the Presidential Primary. State party leaders are encouraging all registered Greens to vote in the PPE.
Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair says, “For the first time in our 22-year history, Arizona Greens will have the opportunity to vote in a Presidential Primary. This is a big deal for us, and I ask my fellow Greens to remember to vote on Tuesday, February 28.”
The Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC) and AZGP hosted the Green Party Presidential Debate on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at the Glendale Public Library (Foothills Branch). Green Party presidential candidates Dr. Kent Mesplay (http://mesplay.org) and Dr. Jill Stein (www.jillstein.org) were invited to speak. Mr. Torres says, “In order to be an officially-recognized candidate for President, the Green Party-US has certain benchmarks and qualifications that need to be achieved. For this reason, we only invited candidates Mesplay and Stein to our Arizona debate. We encourage our registered Arizona Greens to research the candidates before voting.” The actor Roseanne Barr is also an officially-recognized candidate for President by the Green Party-US. However, she did not file a nomination form by the January 9th, 2012 deadline, and will not appear on the ballot in Arizona. For this reason, she was not invited to the Arizona debate. Per Arizona state statute, write-in votes are not permitted in the PPE.
The official canvass (www.azsos.gov/election/2010/Primary/Canvass2010PE.pdf) of the 2010 Primary Election stated that Arizona Greens had the highest participation of any political party, with 56% casting a ballot. Currently, the Arizona Green Party has about 5,000 registered voters. Mr. Torres says, “We would love to be able to improve on that percentage for the PPE. It is very important that all of our registered Greens vote on Tuesday, February 28.”