Bob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor, reports some problems at the primary polls in the state.
During early voting, a A Franklin County Board of Elections absentee ballot official incorrectly informed an Election Protection worker that the Green Party did not have a ballot, and “an incumbent Franklin County Green Party Central Committee member and candidate on the Green Party primary ballot went in the Franklin County BOE early voting site and asked for a Green Party ballot. She was initially told there was no Green Party ballot. She had to demand they find and give her a Green Party ballot.”
Today, an Election Protection observer “reported that a high school student was told at her high school that 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the general election this year were NOT permitted to vote in the primary, despite the court ruling last week that these 17-years-olds ARE allowed to to vote,” while a Franklin County Green Party voter “went to her polling site at Whetstone and was told there was no Green Party ballot by a pollworker. She had to go to the presiding judge to obtain the Green Party ballot.”
There are Green Party primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and other races in Ohio today. There is no Green presidential primary in the state.
Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch reports that though “the Green Party, Ohio’s only officially recognized minor party, has no contested primary races this year,” party leaders are urging members to take part in Tuesday’s primary.
Ohio Green Party activist David Ellison said, “People are swept up in these primary races whether or not they want to choose between [candidates within a party]. For the Greens, it’s the only way we can identify our members. … When we’re circulating petitions for a candidate, we need signatures from party members or people who are unaffiliated with a political party. It’s much easier once a person has identified themselves as a member of [the Green Party] to get our candidate’s name on a ballot.”
The Dispatch says the Ohio Greens are “running one statewide candidate — Joe DeMare for U.S. Senate” — in 2016. “Other candidates include Joe Manchik for 12th Congressional District representative, Dennis Lambert for 15th Congressional District representative, Constance Gladwell-Newton for 18th District State representative and Bob Fitrakis for Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge.”
From Rios For Governor:
TOLEDO, OH – On Tuesday night, Latina activist Anita Rios achieved enough votes in the Green Party primary to receive that party’s nomination for Governor. With Charlie Earl of the Libertarian Party off the ballot, Rios stands to be the only third-party candidate for Governor on the ballot in November. President of the Ohio National Organization for Women, Rios says she is running because “the insights of ordinary people are absent in politics.”
She is joined on the ticket by candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Columbus-area professor and lawyer Bob Fitrakis. Fitrakis acted as her attorney in 2004 when she filed suit against then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to demand a state-wide recount following the Presidential election.
“Neither major party has done enough to defend women, workers, and the natural resources that we depend on. It’s time to stand up and declare that an economy which generates low-wage part-time jobs over living-wage jobs is not acceptable.” Continue Reading
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Two Libertarian Party candidates, including the party’s chairman, and a team from the Green Party have qualified as write-in candidates for the statewide primary election with the hope of reaching the November ballot.
The Green Party’s Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis filed as write-ins for the gubernatorial race. Rios is the candidate for governor, while Fitrakis is her lieutenant governor running mate. Rios, of Toledo, previously has run for local offices in that city and for U.S. Senate in 2012. Fitrakis, from Columbus, ran as a Green Party candidate for governor in 2006 and for Congress in 2012…
These candidates will have to reach a 500 vote threshold to qualify for the November ballot, said Matt McClellan, Husted’s press secretary.
In a message posted at the Ohio Green Party website, Bob Fitrakis explains that the Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has interpreted a new Ohio law to mean that the Green Party no longer has a right to do battle in the voting booth.
In an August 5, 2011 letter written to the Libertarian Party of Ohio, Husted made it clear that his interpretation of the draconian Ohio House Bill 194, passed by the Republican-dominated legislature, means that all minor parties have lost their official statewide party status effective September 30, 2011.
On Tuesday 4 May, the Ohio Green Party will have its first statewide primary. Several Greens are running for Congress as write-in candidates, meaning that they need at least 25 votes in Tuesday’s primary to appear on the November ballot.
These candidates need 25 or more votes in the primary tomorrow:
- Rich Stevenson – 1st Congressional District (Cincinnati and surrounding areas in SW Ohio)
- Bob Fitrakis – 12th Congressional District (Columbus and surrounding areas)
- Elaine Mastromatteo – 17th Congressional District (NE Ohio including Kent, Ravenna, Warren and Youngstown)
Other Ohio Green Party candidates include Dennis Spisak for Governor, Anita Rios for Lieutenant Governor, Pat Saunders for State Senate District 13, Corey Ansel for State Representative District 22, Dennis Lambert for State Representative District 89, and Ty Collinsworth for State Representative District 92.
You can invite your friends and family in Ohio to vote in the Green primary on facebook.
The Akron Beacon Journal recently published an in-depth look at minor parties on the ballot in Ohio, including interviews with Elaine Mastromatteo and OHGP spokesperson Russ Buckbee.