According to Ballot Access News, there are currently 631 registered members of the Green Party in Delaware, 22 votes below the state requirement for ballot access this year. The party “has until August to increase its registration.”
The University of North Carolina Asheville Blue Banner has released the full video and transcript of news editor Larisa Karr’s interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, which took place on November 15 during Stein’s North Carolina campaign tour.
Karr writes, “Stein is tireless, fearless, and just won’t stop. In between campaigning in the United States and going to Paris to attend the recent COP21 conference, the Green Party presidential candidate sat down with the Banner last semester to discuss student loans, America’s foreign policy, and why she was handcuffed to a chair for hours during the last presidential debate.”
In other Stein campaign news, Stein is making a push to get on the general election ballot in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Utah. In 2012, Stein was on the ballot in Rhode Island and Utah, but ran as a write-in candidate in New Hampshire. She said, “Getting on the 2016 ballot for New Hampshire’s 873,932 registered voters would be an inspiring demonstration of how our movement is gaining momentum!”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will join Cornel West for an “Un-Block The Vote” rally at Georgia State University in Atlanta this afternoon at 4:00 p.m., followed by another event at Project South at 7:00 p.m.
The organizers write, “For decades, Georgia Republicans and Democrats have protected themselves against third parties with unfair laws that require 50,000 of voter signatures to place a candidate on the statewide ballot, a rule which does NOT apply to them. Without a third party on the ballot, you cannot vote for peace, or the abolition of student and consumer debt. Without a third party on the ballot there is no way to vote against gentrification or Common Core or privatization or mass incarceration. Join us and Cornel West this Friday and help us kick off the drive to get 50,000 and get Green Party 2016 presidential candidate on the ballot in Georgia.”
The Green Party of the United States has unveiled a revamped website at GP.org.
According to a party release, the site features the “latest Green Party statements, press releases, and news on the front page,” links to state and local parties and caucuses and affiliate groups, and also has sections on the party’s history and platform. There are also sections on current campaigns, progress on ballot access, and ways to get involved and donate to the party.
Green Party of Philadelphia chair Glenn C. Davis has been removed from that city’s November ballot for city commissioner, Ballot Access News reports, “on the grounds that he didn’t have enough signatures.” Davis plans to appeal the ruling.
BAN says the judge “was not moved by the fact that last month, the procedure for checking signatures had been held unconstitutional as applied to Green Party nominees. Immediately after the ruling, the judge announced that he is retiring effective immediately and that this had been his last case.”
On July 24, a a U.S. District Court struck down Pennsylvania’s challenge procedures as applied to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian parties.
Ballot Access News reports that Glenn C. Davis, Green Party candidate for Philadelphia city commissioner, is facing a petition challenge “even though on July 24, 2015, a U.S. District Court struck down Pennsylvania’s challenge procedures as applied to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian parties.”
Davis is the chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia.
The National Green Party’s Ballot Access Committee is finalizing a plan to increase our ballot lines from 21 at the end of 2014 to 31 by the end of 2015. The more petition drives we complete in 2015, the more our Presidential candidate can focus on campaigning and building the party instead of fighting just to get on the ballot.
It is our pleasure to inform you that our petition drive has started in Missouri. Our state affiliate in Missouri, which is called the Progressive Party, needs 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot. We hope to complete the petition drive this year and recruit a slate of statewide candidates to run in 2016. read more »
From the Arizona Republic:
After a two-year absence, the Arizona Green Party has regained ballot status.
That means Green candidates will have an easier path to get on the ballot in 2016 and 2018.
The party, which says it has 5,600 members statewide, lost ballot status after the 2012 election, when its nominee for U.S. president failed to receive at least 5 percent of the votes cast in Arizona for that office. As a result, in 2014 any Green Party members seeking office were effectively treated as an independent candidate, which triggers a much-higher threshold for voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. read more »
From Ballot Access News:
The Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states. For purposes of this sentence, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.
The Arizona Green Party submitted 30,000 signatures on November 14, so in all likelihood it will soon be on in Arizona. It has almost finished its Maryland petition drive and expects to submit those signatures in December, so it will probably soon be on in 21 states, the most it has ever had following a midterm election.
Relative to four years ago, the Green Party has gained Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
From Green Party US:
The most closely watched Green races were in Richmond, California, where outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin overcame a $3-million campaign by Chevron to defeat her slate, and New York, where Howie Hawkins challenged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. read more »
Following is a list of Green Party candidates for state wide office from around the nation. (Please send any additions or corrections.) NOTE: US Senate candidates are listed on the previous post on Congressional Candidates.
There are 46 Green Party candidates running for state wide office, including Governor (9), Lt. Governor (7), Attorney General (6), Secretary of State (5), State Treasurer (5), Comptroller (5), and other state wide offices.
- Josh Drake – Governor
- Luis Rodriguez – Governor (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Jena Goodman – Lt. Governor (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- David Curtis – Secretary of State (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Ellen Brown - State Treasurer (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Laura Wells – State Controller (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Harry Hempy – Governor
- Scott Olson, Lt. Governor
- Mike DeRosa – Secretary of State
- Stephen Fournier – Attorney General
- Rolf Maurer - State Comptroller
- David Chandler – State Treasurer
- Scott Summers – Governor (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- Bob Pritchett Jr. – Lt. Governor (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- David Black – Attorney General (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- Sheldon Shafer – Secretary of State (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- Julie Samuels – State Treasurer (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- Tim Curtin – Comptroller (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
- Andy Dawkins – Attorney General
- David Gibson – Governor
- Timothy Reinhardt – Secretary of State
- Howie Hawkins – Governor
- Brian Jones – Lt. Governor
- Ramon Jimenez – Attorney General
- Theresa Portelli – Comptroller
- Anita Rios – Governor
- Bob Fitrakis – Lt. Governor
- Isa Infante – Governor
- Brandon Parmer – Governor
- Chandrakantha Courtney – Lt. Governor
- Jamar Osborne – Attorney General
- Deb Shafto – Comptroller
Ulises CabreraValerie Alessi – State Land Commissioner
- Kenneth Kendrick – State Agriculture Commissioner
- Martina Salinas – State Railroad Commission
- Charles Waterbury for Texas Supreme Court
- Jim Chisolm for Texas Supreme Court
- Judith Sanders-Castro for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
- George Joseph Altgelt for Texas Court of Criminal Appeal
- Ron Hardy – State Treasurer
Following is a list of Green Party candidates for Congressional office in 2014. This includes the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. (Please share any corrections or additions to this list.) At this count, there are 9 Green Party candidates for US Senate, and 45 Green Party candidates for the US House.
- Mark Swaney – Arkansas
- Andrew Groff – Delaware
- David Schwartzman – District of Columbia
- Omar Lopez – Illinois (Democrats challenged the ILGP nomination papers and Lopez was removed from the ballot)
- Chris Wahmhoff – Michigan
- Chistina Lugo – Oregon
- Martin Pleasant – Tennessee
- Emily “SpicyBrown” Sanchez – Texas
- Bob Henry Baber – West Virginia
US House of Representatives
- Barry Hermanson – California D.12 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Michael Powelson – California D.30 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Michael Ian Sachs – California D.33 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Gary Swing – Colorado D.6
- Jeff Russell – Connecticut D.1
- Bill Clyde – Connecticut D.2
- Bernard August – Delaware
- Eliot Barron – Louisiana D.5
- Ian Schlakman – Maryland D.2
- George Gluck – Maryland D.6
- Jason Lowenthal – Massachusetts D.7 (Kicked off the ballot due to the color of his petition papers)
- Ellis Boal – Michigan D.1
- Tonya Duncan – Michigan D.3
- Pat Timmons – Michigan D.4
- John Lawrence – Michigan D.6
- Jim Casha – Michigan D.8
- John McDermott – Michigan D.9
- Harley Mikkelson – Michigan D.10
- Stephen Boyle – Michigan D.14
- Ray ‘Skip’ Sandman – Minnesota D.8
- Jason Strom – New York D.1
- William Stevenson – New York D.2
- Hank Bardell – New York D.11
- Daniel Vila Rivera – New York D.13
- William Edstrom - New York D.15
- Matt Funiciello – New York D.21
- Michael Meo – Oregon D.3
- Michael Beilstein – Oregon D.4
- Robert Smith – Tennessee D.1
- Norris Dryer – Tennessee D.2
- Mark Roberts - Texas D.2
- Paul Blair – Texas D.3
- Don Cook – Texas D.13
- Remington Alessi – Texas D.18
- Antonio Diaz – Texas D.21
- Michael D. Cary – Texas D.28
- kat swift – Texas D.35
- Hal J. Ridley Jr. – Texas D.36
- Joe Galdo -Virginia D.11
- Doug Milholand – Washington D.6 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
- Larry Dale - Wisconsin D.7
Two Illinois Green Party candidates who were on a statewide slate that was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.
Scott K. Summers will run for governor as a write-in, and Sheldon Schafer will run for secretary of state. read more »
From the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:
Secretary Galvin Sued over Rejection of Voter Signatures; Rejection of Ballot Petitions Clears Way for Democratic Incumbent to Run Unopposed
State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal, who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term. read more »
Scott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.
On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.
“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”
The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:
* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.
* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.
* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.