Green Party candidate Jill Stein would get two percent of the vote in Arizona if the presidential election was held today, according to a Public Policy Polling survey. Libertarian Gary Johnson would receive six percent. Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 40% to 38%.
Stein received 0.34% of the Arizona vote in 2012, the second-best Green Party performance in the state in a presidential election. In 2000, Ralph Nader received three percent.
Courthouse News Service reports a panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals “expressed doubt Wednesday over the Arizona Green Party’s claim that a 180-day signature-gathering deadline makes it unconstitutionally difficult for minor parties to qualify for the primary ballot.” During oral arguments, “the three-judge panel pointed to the Green Party’s lack of evidence showing that Arizona’s election rules cause a substantial burden.”
Attorney Julia Damron, arguing for the Greens, “said that while the Arizona Green Party has qualified for the 2016 ballot and the 2020 ballot, ‘the live controversy is ongoing.'” But Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown “noted an absence of evidence in the record to show that the rule illegally burdens minor political parties.”
The state committee for the Arizona Green Party has recommended a “no” vote on Proposition 123, the education finance constitutional amendment that will be on the statewide ballot on May 17. The AZGP says the proposition “is not necessary, since there is a $600 million budget surplus in the state treasury to properly fund K-12 public education,” and that “a recession, a rise in unemployment, lower tax revenues, and a 49% cap on K-12 education funding from the state general fund” could “pull money away from public education.”
The AZGP says most state legislators want to use the surplus “for more corporate tax cuts, as opposed to properly funding K-12 public education.” State co-chair Maritza Broce said, “We have the necessary funds to properly fund K-12 education here in Arizona. Unfortunately, what is lacking is the political will with the majority of our state legislators. Instead of performing their constitutional duty to properly fund public education, our state legislators decided to put the unnecessary and confusing Proposition 123 on the ballot during a special election, when voter turnout is expected to be very low.”
With 85% of precincts reporting, Jill Stein has easily won the Arizona Green Party presidential primary, receiving 567 votes, or 82% of the total, to Kent Mesplay’s 125 (18%). Stein and Mesplay were the only candidates on the Green primary ballot.
Mesplay wrote on Facebook during the day Tuesday, “Doing handyman work in Arizona, and I’m on the ballot for president!”
UPDATE: Final results show Stein with 609 votes (81%) to Mesplay’s 139 votes (19%).
The two Green Party candidates on the Arizona presidential primary ballot, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein, will appear at a town hall/debate on Saturday, March 12 in Mesa.
The 1:00 p.m. event at the Mesa Public Library is hosted by the Arizona Green Party and the Green Party of Maricopa County. State co-chair Angel Torres said, “This will be the third Green Party presidential candidate debate that we have hosted [following 2008 and 2012]. Our registered Greens should take advantage of this opportunity to attend, and find out where the candidates stand on the important issues facing Arizona, our nation, and our world.”
Mesplay and Stein will both be campaigning in Arizona March 10-12. The primary is on March 22.
This is a partial list of Green Party state-level presidential nominating events. This list will be updated when possible, and all available results will be posted on Green Party Watch.
- Arizona: Primary (March 22)
- California: Primary (June 7)
- Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
- Delaware: Convention (May)
- District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
- Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
- Maine: Primary (June 14)
- Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
- Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
- Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
- New York: Convention (June 11)
- Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
- Texas: Convention (April 9-10)
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.
Two candidates will appear on the Green Party presidential primary ballot in Arizona.
Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein will be listed. The primary is on March 22.
From Green Party US:
Spring is the time for annual conventions of many of our affiliated State & Local Green Parties. A partial list of upcoming meetings is listed here, including New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maine, and California.
Conventions have already been held in New Jersey & Illinois. Our hardy Greens in Maine held their annual meeting in January.
Campaign School and Spring Nominating Convention Syracuse, New York
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17th
Saturday, May 30 in Flagstaff
The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) invites all registered Greens & guests to attend our next General Membership meeting & 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, May 30 in Worcester
Our theme, Healing Our Communities, is intended to set the tone of positive engagement and particularly encouraging and empowering people to run for elected office.
Saturday, May 30 in Swarthmore Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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.