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Jill Stein On the Ballot in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon

The Green Party’s Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have added Oregon, New Jersey, and hopefully Pennsylvania to the growing number of states that will get to vote Green in 2012.

Earlier this week from Oregon:

The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.

As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.

The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party’s candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.

“Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda,” said Mr. Driscoll.

The Party’s presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.

Today from the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

The Stein campaign confirmed today that it expects Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to appear on the presidential ballot in the major Mid Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now on the ballot in 24 states, the campaign is petitioning in every state remaining, and aims to qualify for the ballot in at least 40 states.

Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg state capitol building yesterday, and began submitting nearly 40,000 signatures of Pennsylvania voters who wish to see the Green Party on their state ballot in 2012. Just over 20,000 signatures are required to establish a ballot line in Pennsylvania, but the state is infamous in the voting rights community for its draconian petitioning requirements and high disqualification rate of signatures.

Across the river in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Greens are celebrating their success in submitting more than twice the required 800 signatures in order to regain ballot status.

“We were counting on New Jersey to carry their weight, and that they did well,” said campaign manager Ben Manski. “Pennsylvania is the performance trophy in this ballot access drive, and with a lot of money and volunteer effort, we’ve won it. Now we have to take this sense of confidence to the 20 remaining states, some of them tough to win, and make sure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote for the candidates of her or his choice.”

Over 120 Pennsylvanians participated in their state’s ballot access drive, and the Stein campaign and Green Party of the United States rallied financial and volunteer support from around the country.

Now the attention of the campaign’s ballot access efforts, under the custody of Associate Campaign Manager Erika Wolf, shifts to the New England states of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the southern states of Virginia and Alabama, and a swatch of western states ranging from Alaska to Kansas and the Dakotas. A dozen such states will require direct financial and volunteer support from the campaign. Other states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island, among others, are expected to qualify their ballot lines with only regional support. Overall, the campaign expects its total ballot access costs to exceed $300,000.

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Jill Stein announces Cheri Honkala as her choice for VP

CBS News is reporting, in an interview with her, that Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein has announced her choice for the party’s vice presidential candidate, to be approved at this week’s convention in Baltimore.  Cheri Honkala is the Stein campaign’s choice, a poor people’s advocate based in Philadelphia and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

There was some speculation that actress and comedian Roseanne Barr, who is also running for the Green Party’s presidential nomination, would be the vice presidential candidate.  However, Stein has opted instead for Honkala, saying in an announcement, “Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.”

Honkala herself stated, “It’s immoral that children are hungry and homeless in the richest country in the world. It’s time for the 99% to stand united to serve our collective human needs instead of selfish, corporate greed. The Green Party is the only one standing up to Wall Street, and Jill Stein’s Green New Deal is the best plan for saving this sinking ship. I’m honored to fight beside her.”

For the time being, Honkala is also coordinating ballot access efforts for the Green Party of Pennsylvania, which is in the process of working to collect over 40,000 signatures by the end of July. Honkala joined the Green Party in 2011, when she ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia on a platform of turning the Sheriff’s office from the department that evicts people to a social service working to “keep families in their homes,” as well as establishing community land trusts so that people living near vacant and abandoned properties can control them.  Honkala ran for Sheriff after labor organizer Hugh Giordano reinvigorated the Green Party of Philadelphia with his strong run for state representative in 2010.  The campaign proposal of addressing blight and vacant lots is part of a Philadelphia-wide political effort to address vacant land in the city in recent years.  Honkala is also consistently involved in efforts to prevent individual families from losing their homes to foreclosure and other work ensuring the basic survival of some of the most economically oppressed in Philadelphia.  The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign also operates around the United States, and is part of various international poor peoples’ movements.

As mentioned earlier, Honkala has been an activist of one form or another, whether simply to ensure the survival of herself and her son in the Minnesota winter when she was homeless or organizing protests at the Republican National Convention in 2000, for decades.  Several documentaries have been made about her or her efforts, including “Poverty Outlaw,” and she was featured in the book The Myth of the Welfare Queen. Honkala has been named one of the 100 most powerful people in the region by Philadelphia magazine, as well as being named “Person of the Year” once by Philadelphia Weekly. Her son Mark Webber is an actor, director, and playwright who used his celebrity to help her campaign for Sheriff.  In that campaign, Cheri campaigned and organized in Philadelphia, as well as travelling the country to encourage progressives to leave the Democratic Party and encourage Greens to approach politics in a way that is more inclusive of and relevant to poor people.

press conference was held today to make the announcment, which has been posted on Jill Stein’s campaign website.

[Disclosure:  I was involved in Cheri Honkala's campaign for Sheriff on many levels and this summer I have been part of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, working on a farm they are organizing in the neighborhood where Honkala lives.  I am also a member of the Green Party of PA, was active in Hugh Giordano's campaign, and have been collecting signatures to get the Stein campaign on the ballot there.]

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Illinois Ballot Access Laws Pit Third Parties Against Each Other

Illinois has some seriously biased ballot access laws against third parties, i.e. any political party other than Democrats or Republicans. In 2012, a third party candidate for President needed 25,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while the D’s and R’s needed nominal signatures for their party primaries, and it is assumed that home-state favorite Barack Obama (D) will win the state. ,

The petitioning period for third parties and independents in Illinois ended last week, and while the Green Party and the Libertarian Party submitted over 25 thousand signatures, four other candidates submitted less than 20 signatures, three of them submitted less than 5 signatures, and based on Illinois state law, any citizen can challenge petitions.

The National Green Party didn’t challenge any petitions, nor did the Illinois Green Party, but one Rob Sherman, a three time Green Party candidate for office, Chair of the Cook County Greens, and outspoken advocate for separation of church and state, did. He filed a challenge to the nomination papers of:

  • Stewart Alexander (Socialists)- 1 signature
  • Michael Hawkins (Together Enhancing America) – 1 signature (but he did submit 5 blank pages)
  • Rocky Anderson (Independent) – 2 signatures
  • Virgil Goode (Constitution) – approx 200 to 300 signatures (35 pages, 10 lines/page)

The Illinois Green Party spent around $8,0000 and put in countless hours to get the Green Party on the ballot in Illinois.  Other than Virgil Goode, the other three candidates put in less than 60 minutes and no money to get on the Illinois ballot. This double standard is frustrating – on the one hand, the Green Party suffered from harsh challenges by Democrats to get on the ballot in 2006, but on the other hand, taking a chance with just two signatures is a colossal risk for a national presidential campaign that hopes to unite the progressive movements with the Occupy protests for real political change in America.

National Greens have come out against the challenge to the petitions of the Socialist, Justice Party and Independent campaigns. The most notable argument that seems to summarize the typical Green Party opposition to the challenges comes from third party and green party advocate Howie Hawkins here (in a statement posted at Ballot Access News)

I know how hard it is to get on the ballot. I’ve petitioned successfully 17 of 19 attempts for myself and petitioned countless times for other Green candidates, with mixed success because of major party challenges or state official malfeasance. I have been challenged on my own petitions by the Democrats almost every time, most of them utterly frivolous challenges that served only to force me to devote limited time and resources to defend my petition instead of campaign for the office.

The strongest case in favor of the challenges comes from Rob Sherman himself, in a comment left at Independent Political Report:

Unless you have been out there, collecting nominating petition signatures (as I did when I ran for State Rep in 2006 and 2008 and for Village Clerk in 2010), you have no idea how incredibly taxing it is on the legs and feet, and how challenging it is to be out there in all kinds of weather, such as day after day of 90+ degree heat this year, and frigid conditions with frequent blowing snow when I was out there in previous years.  After all of that intense physical suffering by so many, you want me to do what?

Among ballot access advocates and Green Party organizers, this has become a problematic situation. While third parties share in common a complex set of exclusive ballot access laws, there has been a general sense of solidarity on the ballot access front. For an apparently significant Green Party leader to take the lead position to knock possibly four other third party candidates off the ballot in Illinois is significant, and possibly damaging for the Green Party. On the other hand, the greens and Libertarians clearly put together the volunteers and resources to qualify for the ballot in Illinois, far in excess of the number of signatures that the four challenged parties submitted.

So what do you think? Should the Greens have challenged those petitions or not?

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Green Party is ON THE BALLOT in Illinois

In yet another historic feat, the Illinois Green Party submitted over 25,000 signatures to get back on the ballot in 2012, and this time the Democrats did not challenge the petitions. This means that Illinois joins California, Texas, New York and Florida to have the Green Party on the ballot this fall in the five most populous states. The next most populous state, Pennsylvania, is currently petitioning. The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 22 states, and petitioning in 18 more.

Also, two Green Party Congressional Candidates Nancy Wade (5th Congressional district) and Paula Bradshaw (12th Congressional district) submitted over 5,000 signatures each to appear on the ballot. According to the DuPage County Greens, Paula Bradshaw’s petitions were challenged. Nancy Wade announced that she is on the ballot without challenges.

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Seven Days Left for Illinois Ballot

The Jill Stein campaign is calling for help as Greens have just 7 days remaining to secure the thousands of signatures necessary to get on the ballot in Illinois. Illinois is significant as it is the most populous state left that the Green Party is not on the ballot yet. The Green Party is already on the ballot in California, Texas, New York, and Florida.

From the Stein Campaign:

7 days to win Illinois, with your help

The temperatures are near 100 in Illinois this week. In the Carbondale area, they’ve been working the local fairs. In Chicago, they are sleeping 10 to a room and putting in long days across the city. From Rockford to Champaign Urbana, volunteers for Jill Stein and the Green Party are pushing hard to put Illinois on the ballot.

We are closing in on the minimum signature threshold right now. But we need many more signatures to guarantee the Illinois Greens a ballot line. This is after all, still Illinois, and still 21st century America, where different rules apply to different people. We must have a large safety margin to make sure that partisan election administrators don’t deny us the ballot.

Your donation right now will help win Illinois. We are sending volunteers from across the country to Chicago and other cities. We are providing a minimal daily stipend for food and public transportation expenses. We have rented an apartment for two weeks so that volunteers are in one place and have a place to stay. And we will bring in additional paid petitioners if we can afford to do so. Your donation can put Illinois on ballot. Please donate now.

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Green Party Ballot Access Drives Needs Your Help

Green Party
Dear Supporter,

The Green Party is fighting to be on the ballot in 44 states for the first time since the year 2000. We’ve already secured access to ballots in the four largest states – California, Texas, New York and Florida – for the first time in over a decade. Illinoisand Pennsylvania are the next two largest and just two of the states where volunteers and funds are urgently needed to get our candidates on the ballot.

The Illinois Green Party is facing a critical deadline in just a few weeks. Click here for more information!

In a true democracy, it shouldn’t be a political struggle to be on the ballot in every state, to simply give voters a choice, and to allow them to exercise their basic rights. But it is a struggle, and a challenge that thousands are rising to meet.

Can you help with a contribution today?

Volunteers in every state are collecting thousands of signatures from registered voters who demand that their government place Green candidates on the ballot. Recent court cases in several states have challenged the unjust laws that limit political diversity and discourse. We work with coalitions of political parties and advocacy groups to introduce legislation to make laws more fair. But we need your help.

The Green Party needs your support in the struggle for real multi-party democracy in the United States. Rise to the challenge with us. Please donate today to give voters a choice this November.

Ballot access in all 50 states is about more than having a strong national party. It’s fundamentally essential for running local candidates. So far over 150 Green candidates are campaigning for local, state, and federal office.

Just think of how many great candidates we could run with permanent ballot access in every state. Please support our efforts today.


Spring 2012 Green Pages Available for Purchase

The Spring 2012 issue of Green Pages, our national newspaper, is now available! Click here to purchase a bundle of 100 issues, or here for a bundle of 50.

The latest edition includes stories on our 2012 Presidential candidates, continued Green Party support for the Occupy movement, and an analysis of how Greens run successful campaigns and influence their communities once in office.

Click here to order the latest issue today!

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Ballot Access – Segneri Interviews Huckelberry

Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Green Party often has to struggle to get on the ballot in a country that claims “Democracy” as a core value. In some states, Greens have no barriers to the ballot, but in many others state laws make it extremely hard for alternative political parties to get on the ballot.

AJ Segneri interviewed Phil Huckelberry, Chair of the Green Party’s Ballot Access Committee, and published it at Dissident Voice. You can also read the interview here, below the fold. If you don’t know much about ballot access issues for third parties you might find it quite enlightening.

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Pennsylvania Greens Need Your Help!

Greens in Pennsylvania are off and running, seeking over 30,000 signatures to get the Green Party’s candidate for President on the ballot. If you live in or near Pennsylvania – you can help!

From the GP of PA:

Green Party Petition Update – April 10, 2012

If you want to help get the Green Party on the ballot for this November, please contact Hillary at hillarya@pobox.upenn.edu.

Upcoming events

Please send me information about any events that might be good for collecting signatures. This is what I know about so far. More details are in the GPPA Events Calendar.

Philadelphia – Sat, 4/14 – 99% Action Training at Arch Street Methodist Church
Altoona area – Sat. 4/21 – Logan Township Mall event
Philadelphia – Sat. 4/21 – Clear Air 5K and 4th Annual Earth Uprising
Wilkes-Barre – Sat. 4/21 – Restoring Freedoms event
Altoona – Sun, 4/22 – Penn State Altoona Earth Day
Statewide – Tues, 4/24 – Primary Day

Primary Day is one of our best petitioning days of the year. Please plan to take off work or do whatever you can to spend some time at the polls on election day. This is also great practice for our Get Out the Vote efforts in November.

We’re also planning a big weekend in Philadelphia May 5-6. There are two big events in NW Philly that weekend — Mt. Airy Day on Sat., May 5, and the Chestnut Hill Garden Festival on Sunday, May 6. We can arrange for home stays for anyone who can come to Philly and spend the weekend petitioning. Might also get together a fundraiser on Sat. night…stay tuned for details.

Your local Presidential Caucus is also a great place to petition — and more importantly, recruit attendees to join you as petitioners. Bring plenty of blank petitions to your caucus and even do a mini petition training after the caucus if you can. Read more about the caucuses here: http://www.gpofpa.org/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=14

Going Door-to-Door

Going door-to-door with street lists is a great way to petition and campaign at the same time. If you’re able to knock on doors in your own neighborhood, let me know so I can email you a street list. A street list has the names of all registered voters in a particular area and is sorted by house number so you can just walk up and down the street with it and know whether you’re talking to registered voters or not.

Getting more petitioners

We’re up to 69 people actively collecting signature (or planning to) and we need many more people to make this a success. Can you help reach out to Greens and other potential volunteers in your area? Please let me know. Please also forward this email to your local lists.

Inspiration

Just a reminder as to why we’re doing this…
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=496

Thanks and Happy Petitioning!

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The Urgency Is Now For Greens!

This is an urgent time for the Green Party. Specifically, right now is a time of great urgency for achieving ballot access and matching funds in 2012. Yes, the general election is more than seven months off, and even our national convention is three months off. But the urgency is here, and Greens need to understand that NOW is the time to get fired up about making a difference in 2012.

The following was sent to us from Phil Huckelberry, Chair of the Green Party’s Ballot Access Committee. Every Green should read this and take action.

This is an urgent time for the Green Party. Specifically, right now is a time of great urgency for achieving ballot access and matching funds in 2012. Yes, the general election is more than seven months off, and even our national convention is three months off. But the urgency is here, and Greens need to understand that NOW is the time to get fired up about making a difference in 2012.

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Merriam-Webster defines URGENCY as “the quality or state of being urgent”, and URGENT as “calling for immediate attention”. An EMERGENCY is “an urgent need for assistance or relief”, or “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action”.

The distinction between an urgent situation and an emergency situation, then, is what attention is needed. If it’s truly an emergency, the “attention” needed is generally fast action, often in the form of some kind of “relief”. Think of the difference between going to Urgent Care and going to an Emergency Room. The situation doesn’t need to be an emergency to warrant a state of urgency. And, often times, a situation becomes an emergency because the prior urgency of the situation wasn’t sufficiently regarded. Everyone knows of a story where someone put off medical care, only to have the situation turn into an emergency.

I go through this long semantic distinction because we are experiencing a phenomenon right now which I have seen repeatedly in our party. At a time when we are confronting a series of urgent situations, the urgency is disregarded, because it does not feel like an emergency.

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Every state has different laws about how parties and candidates can get on the ballot. In some states ballot access is very easy, or the Green Party has had it for so long that people don’t ever think about it. But in other states, oppressive laws designed to keep parties like ours from existing have meant that no Green Party candidate has ever been on the ballot in those states. The Green Party is more experienced than ever before, though, and we have the potential to put our presidential ticket on the ballot in states where people have never been able to vote Green. To accomplish this, we’ll need a lot of hard work, and a lot of money. And we need to be acting NOW.

The problem is that across the country there is an absolute lack of urgency on the part of state parties in achieving ballot access. Sure, there’s more activity in some states than others. But as of right now – I’m typing this on April 11 – there are about 15 states where we could be collecting signature right now, and yet the petition has not even been prepared yet!

Think back about the person who put off medical treatment and wound up in the Emergency Room. In the long run, that person probably absorbed far more expenses, and worse overall health, by not taking care of the situation early on. In much the same way, when state parties drag their feet on ballot access drives, it often sets up emergency situations down the road which cost more to fix than it would have cost if there was effective collaboration from the outset.

So achieving ballot access right now is truly an URGENT situation. In the majority of states, there are ballot drives which require immediate attention. That means that Green Party leaders everywhere have the responsibility to lead by example and prioritize these ballot drives – and not just the ones in their own states.

A common, gigantic misconception is that we can’t really think about ballot access in most places until we hold our convention and formally nominate a presidential ticket. The reality, though, is that several states impose deadlines which precede our national convention, or which are so soon thereafter that we couldn’t possibly start after the convention. BALLOT ACCESS CANNOT WAIT!

Our credibility as a party in the eyes of the electorate hinges largely on our being on the ballot across the vast majority of the country. In 2000, Ralph Nader made it onto 44 ballot lines. But since 2000, we haven’t been on the ballot in more than 32 ballot lines in any given year. Some state parties which failed to achieve ballot access in 2004 have not run a single candidate for any office in the last eight years. That’s how huge this issue is for the Green Party. Where we do not have ballot access, to a very real extent, we do not exist as a political party – even in the eyes of our own members.

2012 is shaping up to be different. We can be on 45 or more state ballot lines for the first time ever. Doing this would be the biggest accomplishment of the party as a national political force that we’ve experienced since 2000. For this to happen, we must all accept the inherent urgency of the situation!

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In order to reach and exceed 45 ballot lines, we absolutely must achieve federal matching funds. And we must achieve matching funds as soon as possible. You can read here [a link will go here] an explanation of some of the rules of how federal matching funds work. Here is a short version:

There are two types of matching funds. There are primary matching funds and general election matching funds. General election matching funds, which could mean several million dollars for the Green Party come the year 2016, can only be achieved by our presidential ticket winning 5% of the vote this November. But winning 5% of the vote is not realistically possible unless our ticket is on at least 45 ballot lines. So before we can really talk about general election matching funds, we’ve got to get on the ballot everywhere first.

The goal right now, then, is to achieve PRIMARY MATCHING FUNDS. This is achievable not by the party itself, but instead by individual presidential campaigns. A campaign can achieve primary matching funds by receiving aggregate qualifying contributions of $5,000 or more in at least 20 different states, if this is done before the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention (July 12-15 in Baltimore).

This is the most important thing for people to understand: ONLY DONATIONS GIVEN PRIOR TO THE NOMINATION COUNT! Donations after the convention are great, but they won’t count toward the threshold, and they won’t be matched! So for Greens, NOW IS THE URGENT TIME FOR FUNDRAISING!

And it’s not just about receiving the donations before the convention. The Federal Elections Commission has to verify that the threshold has been reached. So realistically, all of these contributions need to come in weeks in advance – probably no later than mid-June!

Besides that, the earlier we get over the top, the better, for three huge reasons. First, the earlier we get there, the longer a period of time we have in which donors can be told that funds are already being matched – that will make fundraising that much more effective at that point. Second, it only stands to reason that if you hit a fundraising threshold earlier, you’re going to do even better for fundraising along the way because there’s more time involved.

But the other reason for heightened urgency is this: the sooner we hit the threshold, the sooner the FEC will send tens of thousands of dollars in matching funds, a great deal of which will be applied to ballot drives which will end before the national convention. The difference between achieving matching funds at the end of May and the end of June is literally that the first $100,000 in matching funds will arrive a month earlier, in time for the last month of critical ballot drives in Illinois and Indiana. Indiana is one of those states in which the Green Party has never been on the statewide ballot – their only realistic shot lies in achieving matching funds as soon as possible!

The lesson here is that we cannot wait on ballot access, and that means that we cannot wait on matching funds. State parties simply have to get moving now.

Phil Huckelberry is Chair of the Illinois Green Party and Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States Ballot Access Committee.

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Jill Stein’s campaign has made a huge priority of ballot access and matching funds. These pages include maps showing state by state breakdowns of party ballot access and the campaign’s quest to reach the 20 state threshold for matching funds:

http://www.jillstein.org/ballot
http://www.jillstein.org/funding

At this point the Stein campaign is the major force in establishing Green Party ballot lines across the country. The Utah ballot drive was entirely funded and administered by the campaign, and the New Mexico drive was largely funded and organized by the campaign.

Roseanne Barr’s campaign has also declared a priority of achieving Green Party ballot access across the country. Because of a self-financing limit her campaign may not be seeking matching funds. Her campaign website is:

http://www.roseanneforpresident.com/

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Green Party of New Mexico Submits Signatures for Ballot Access

According to the Jill Stein Campaign, who partnered with the Green Party of New Mexico to coordinate the petition drive to get the Green Party back on the ballot in New Mexico, volunteers have submitted over 4,500 signatures to surpass the 3,000 signature threshold needed. That puts the Green Party at 21 States, with 11 more currently petitioning. From the Stein Campaign:

This morning, the Stein campaign announced that nearly 4500 signatures of registered New Mexico voters have been collected and submitted to place the Green Party on the ballot in that state. This represents an excess of 50% over the minimum required for ballot status.

The signatures were collected by volunteers and staff organized by the Stein campaign in cooperation with the New Mexico Green Party. The campaign provided a full time field organizer on the ground as well as travel money for volunteers who came from California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut to put New Mexico on the ballot.

On hearing the good news, Dr. Stein said that, “That is terrific work for which we should all congratulate the New Mexico Greens. I’m proud of what they’ve done, and very happy that my campaign could play the role it did in making this happen. New Mexico is back on the Green map.”

The Stein campaign has already put the Utah Greens on the ballot, and assisted the Hawai’i Greens in securing their ballot line. The campaign has also already, sometimes in cooperation with existing parties, sometimes on its own, launched new ballot drives in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont, with many more to come. Jill Stein is also party to an Alabama lawsuit intended to reform ballot access rules in that state.

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Georgia Greens Welcome Barr’s Commitment to 50 State Ballot Lines

In a press release from the Georgia Green Party, they note that the Green Party has never been able to achieve more than 44 state party lines in the same year. Georgia is one of the worst states in terms of ballot access for third parties, and the Georgia Green Party is clearly frustrated with this. Given the potential success that a Cynthia McKinney campaign for Congress could have, and McKinney’s support for Roseanne Barr, this is an interesting statement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

For further information, contact:
Bruce Dixon, 678-298-9463 x3
bdixon@GeorgiaGreenParty.org
Press Secretary, Georgia Green Party

Greens Welcome Candidates’ Commitment to Ballot Access
Barr’s commitment to 50 State Ballot Lines unprecedented

“We welcome Roseanne Barr’s commitment to running on fifty ballot
lines,” said Adam Shapiro, chairman of the Georgia Green Party. “We
invite all Greens and others concerned with creating a just and
sustainable future to rally to our ballot access efforts so we can
offer Georgia voters a meaningful way to cast their ballot this
November.”

After election cycles of being ignored as unobtainable, the Georgia
Green Party leaders welcomed a statement made this weekend by Roseanne
Barr, a candidate for the Green Party Presidential Nomination, in her
address to an Assembly of the DC Statehood Green Party. Following up on
a question about her support for DC Statehood, Ms. Barr told the
Statehood Green Party event, ” . . . part of why I am involved in
running as President, running as a nominee for the Green Party
candidate for the Presidency is for more ballot access, all across the
board, in all fifty states.”
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Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

The Maryland Green Party will be back in court to defend their 15,000 ballot access signatures as the Maryland State Election Board tries to deny them ballot access. From the Green Party:

Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

Maryland Green Party members will be in attendance at the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis on Friday, March 2, 2012 as their ballot access lawsuit goes before the state’s high court. The case of Libertarian Party of Maryland and Maryland Green Party v. State Board of Elections will be heard by the court that morning.

The Green Party filed suit in conjunction with the Libertarian Party in March 2011 after the State Board of Elections rejected thousands of signatures intended to extend the party’s status as a recognized political party. An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge decided in favor of the parties in June 2011 and ordered them placed on the ballot. The Court of Appeals will hear the Board of Elections’ appeal next Friday.

Green Party members are prepared to begin circulating new petitions to meet the 10,000 signature requirement to extend the party’s ballot status. The Green Party is currently ballot-qualified but will have to collect approximately four thousand new valid signatures if the Court of Appeals rules against the two parties.

“We worked for over a year to collect nearly 15,000 signatures,” notes party co-chair Brian Bittner, “and although the Board of Elections was able to identify significantly more than ten thousand voters who had signed the petition, the majority of them were rejected because they had signed without their middle initial or used a nickname like Bill or Betty. We went to court to win Marylanders’ right to place a new political party on the ballot and eventually vote for those candidates. It will be a major disappointment if that win is overturned and we have to go back out on the streets for more signatures, but we are willing to do that to keep what we have struggled for over the last decade.”
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Jill Stein Campaign Puts Green Party on Ballot in Utah

The Jill Stein Campaign reported this afternoon that it has collected over 3,000 signatures to put the Green Party on the ballot in Utah.


For the past week, volunteers and staff for Jill Stein for President have been working day and night in Salt Lake City and neighboring communities. With Utah, the Green Party of the United States has secured 19 ballot lines, and has not missed a single deadline in working towards the goal of winning ballot access in almost every state.

“We succeeded in Utah through the hard work of our volunteers and campaign workers,” said Jill Stein. “I am committed to winning the right of voters to vote Green in every state in the union, and I am thankful to our supporters for donating the money and time to bring Utah voters into a fuller democracy.” Utah law required 2000 registered voters to signature their intention to join a new party in order for that party to win ballot access.

The Stein Campaign has also noted that these ballot access drives cost money, on average $6,000 per state, and is asking for your support to continue their efforts. The Stein Campaign has already helped kick start a new State Chapter of the Green Party in New Hampshire, and helped launch petition drives for ballot access in Indiana, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Campaign volunteer Sarah Manski put this video together about the Utah petition drive:

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PA Democrat convicted of using state resources against Green Party for political purposes

Hat tip to Ballot Access News for this story:

On February 6, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania jury convicted State Representative H. William DeWeese of using state resources to work on partisan political activity during the period 2000-2006. DeWeese was in the Democratic leadership in the House during those years. He directed staff to use government employees and government computers to help challenge the 2004 petition of Ralph Nader, and the 2006 statewide Green Party petition. See this story. DeWeese is currently in the legislature, and has been a state legislator since he was elected in a special election in May, 1976.

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Green Party Wins Ballot Access in Tennessee

According to Ballot Access News, the Green Party and Constitution Party in Tennessee have won access to the Ballot in Tennessee via lawsuit:

On February 3, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Haynes invalidated Tennessee’s new ballot access law for minor parties. The case is Green Party of Tennessee and Constitution Party of Tennessee v Hargett, 3:11-00692. The decision is 90 pages. It strikes down the early April petition deadline, and also strikes down the 40,029 signature petition requirement. And, it says that it is unconstitutional to force minor parties to nominate by primary, at least in the context of an open primary state that doesn’t have party registration. It strikes down the 2011 law that reserves the best positions on the ballot for the two major parties.

The decision also puts the Constitution and Green Parties on the 2012 ballot, based on the evidence that in the recent past, both parties did collect several thousand signatures on petitions to get on the Tennessee ballot.

This is very big for the Green Party, which would have had a very difficult time getting on the Tennessee ballot if the new ballot access law remained in place.

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