Volunteers with the fledgling Kentucky Green Party have successfully gotten Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the ballot for President and VP in Kentucky.
From the Kentucky Greens:
Friday, September 7 at 3:30 PM, a half hour before the deadline, we submitted 8,370 signatures to the Ky Secretary of State’s office to get Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the presidential ballot in Kentucky. At 6:30 pm, Geoff Young got a call from Mary Sue Helm in that office (working overtime) to say that they had reached 5,000 in their counting and decided to list our candidates on their web site:
Jill, Cheri, and the Green Party will appear on every ballot in Kentucky unless one of the other parties files and wins a lawsuit to disqualify enough of our signatures to bring us below 5,000.
The Green Party joins the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independent candidate Randall Terry on this fall’s Presidential Ballot in Kentucky. There are also three official Write In candidates.
The Green Party will now appear on at least 36 state ballots while petitioning continues in remaining states.
Last weekend, three more state Green Parties determined their Delegate support for the Presidential Nominating Convention:
- The Iowa Green Party has four Delegates, and the results of their presidential preference ballot was a slight lead for Jill Stein, resulting in two Delegates each for Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr.
- The Green Party of Florida has eight Delegates. The proportional distribution of their ranked choice ballot gave Jill Stein 5 Delegates, Roseanne Barr two Delegates, and Kent Mesplay one.
- The Green Party of Washington State’s ballots led to Jill Stein winning all four of their Delegates.
According to our *Unofficial Delegate Count*, Jill Stein now has 149 Delegates of the 201 determined thus far, Roseanne Barr is in second with 36 Delegates, Kent Mesplay is at 7.5 Delegates, and Harley Mikkelson is at 1.5. There are 7 Delegates that are “uncommitted”.
This weekend (June 2-3), the Green Parties in Michigan and Georgia will be holding state conventions to determine their Presidential Delegates. Georgia has 4 Delegates, Michigan has 16.
- The Green Party of Michigan is meeting at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and besides the Presidential Preference process they will be nominating candidates for Congress and State Legislative races. the GP of Michigan has a long history of running a strong slate of candidates.
- The Georgia Green Party is meeting at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library in Tucker, GA on Saturday June 2. Despite having one of the worst ballot access laws in the Nation, the Georgia Greens will be looking to run candidates nonetheless.
Also of note, this last week Kent Mesplay officially became (re-)recognized as a Presidential Candidate for the Green Party after raising over $5,000 for his campaign. This is Dr. Mesplay’s third run for the Presidential nomination, and thus far he is significantly behind in Delegates.
And finally, there is some action in South Dakota, North Dakota and Kentucky to meet and send Delegates to the Green Party PNC. None of the three states have currently accredited State Green Parties, but there is a process by which this can happen. The Green Party has not been on the ballot in the Dakotas since 2000.
Aware of the odds stacked against them, it was reported that 35 people met to formally organize the Kentucky Green Party last weekend.
Kentucky’s laws for becoming a “Political Party” rather than a “political organization” requires obtaining 20% of the vote in a Presidential Election, a nearly impossible task.
Presumably the next step for the Kentucky Greens will be to become a formally accredited and recognized state chapter of the Green Party of the United States.
This article from the Courier-Journal covers the Kentucky Green Party’s organizing meeting and the state of third party politics in Kentucky:
Tired of Democrats and Republicans who don’t speak to the issues or solve the problems important to them, about 35 people gathered Saturday in Anderson County to form the Green Party of Kentucky.
But if that group’s experience is anything like third parties that have struggled for recognition in Kentucky before them, the Greens will learn that the state political system is stacked against them.
The problem according to John Longmire, who was the state chairman of the Reform Party when it formed in Kentucky prior to the 1996 presidential election, is a state law that requires that groups that want to be certified as parties get 20 percent of the vote in a presidential election.
He said the system is “slanted to keep down the advent of third parties.”
Under the law, all parties that can’t get 20 percent of the presidential vote are officially designated as “political organizations” and “political groups,” which means they aren’t allowed to conduct primary elections and their candidates often must spend thousands of dollars obtaining signatures on a petition just so they can file to run.
Before Saturday’s vote to become a state chapter, the Green Party had 498 people registered as members, according to the state Board of Elections — possibly the residual effect of past efforts to form the party in Kentucky, members who have relocated from other states or as a result of support for presidential candidates
Read the entire article here.
This news comes from kygreenparty.org:
Kentucky Green Party Founding Convention – Don’t Miss It!
The first and founding statewide convention of the Kentucky Green Party
When: Saturday, July 23, 2011, Registration & snacks starting at noon. Decision-making time from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Where: The home/farm of Susan Carson Lambert, 1317 Pigeon Fork Road, a few miles northwest of Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 (phone: 502-839-4811)
The convention will be open to all, including the media, but only Kentuckians who are registered members of the Green Party will be able to vote on decisions, and there are several important decisions to be made! Continue Reading
In a message to supporters of the McKinney/Clemente ticket, National Party secretary Holly Hart reported that eight people in Kentucky have signed paperwork so that write-in votes for our candidate will be counted in that state.
The Green Party does not have a state chapter in Kentucky, but the McKinney/Clemente ticket is doing what they can to have their supporter’s votes count. As a write-in candidate, the campaign still needs to list the electors who would cast the votes if our ticket wins that state’s votes.
If you live in Kentucky and are willing to sign up as a McKinney/Clemente elector, please write: secretary at gp.org. or post a reply here.