From the California Green Party:
What: Signature drive to overcome new election rules designed to keep traditionally qualified parties like the Greens and others off the ballot
Who: Luis Rodriguez, Green Party endorsed candidate for governor, is collecting signatures to ensure being on the June 2014 ballot.
Where: Hollywood, in front of the Farm Fresh Ranch Market, 5520 Sunset Blvd.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 1pm-2pm
In the face of an almost seven-fold increase in the number of signatures to be on the ballot because of the Top Two, Green-endorsed candidate for Governor Luis J. Rodriguez
will be signature gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hollywood, in front of the Farm Fresh Ranch Market at 1pm.
Under California’s new Top Two law, statewide candidates from the minor parties must collect 10,000 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot or pay the fee, which ranges from $2,600 to $3,500 per office. The old signature threshold was just 150 signatures from party members. The signature deadline is Thursday, February 20th.
“Although we have risen to this challenge with dozens of unpaid, mostly young volunteer petition circulators, we regard the 10,000-signature requirement to be an undemocratic impediment to the ballot.,” says Rodriguez
, who is waging a grassroots campaign on issues of ending poverty and the schools-to-prison pipeline. “The Top Two favors moneyed interests at the expense of diverse voices, that have every right to be heard. We call upon the legislature to amend this law in favor of more fair ballot access for the people of California.” read more »