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Federal judge strikes down restrictive Georgia presidential ballot access requirement

downloadU.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story ruled Thursday that Georgia’s requirement that political organizations seeking to put a presidential candidate’s name on a statewide ballot have to get signatures from one percent of registered voters is unconstitutional.

The Green Party of Georgia and the Constitution Party of Georgia has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp over the requirement, which in 2012 required 50,334 signatures for presidential ballot access. Story ruled that a presidential candidate must submit 7,500 signatures on a petition that otherwise complies with state law to be put on the ballot.

Georgia Green Party co-chair Bruce Dixon said, “You can’t vote for an antiwar candidate, a peace and justice candidate if state laws keep peace and justice candidates off the ballot. You can’t vote for a candidate opposing Common Core and school privatization, if those are not allowed on the ballot. Up till now, Georgia’s Democrats and Republicans have colluded to restrict the choices of voters by keeping other parties and candidates off the ballot.”

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Stein interview with North Carolina university publication released

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!”

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Stein, Cornel West to protest Georgia’s restrictive ballot access laws today

20151120-jill-n-cornel-halfpageGreen 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.”

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Green Party launches new GP.org

gporgThe 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.

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Green Davis removed from Philadelphia ballot despite court ruling

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.

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Philadelphia Green Party candidate faces petition challenge despite court ruling

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.

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Green Party starts ballot access drives in Missouri, Arkansas

p Green Party US new logoFrom the Green Party US Ballot Access Committee:

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. Continue Reading

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Arizona Green Party regains ballot status

angeltorresFrom 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. Continue Reading

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Green Party makes progress on ballot access in 2014

From Ballot Access News:

p Green Party US new logoThe 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.