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Ballot Status History: Green Party of Alaska

1990: The Green Party of Alaska qualified for statewide ballot status in November 1990.

In Alaska, the state defines a ballot status party as a "Recognized Political Party" that is an "organized group of voters that represents a political program and either nominated a candidate for Governor who received at least 3% of the total votes cast for Governor at the preceding General Election or has registered voters equal to 3% of the votes cast for Governor in the last election."

In 1990, Jim Sykes ran for Governor and received 3.3%and 6,563 votes. The 3.3% supassed the 3% required to qualify the Green Party of Alaska for the ballot, the first U.S. state in which the Green Party achieved ballot status.


1994: The Green Party of Alaska retained statewide ballot status in November 1994.

Jim Sykes received 3.9% and 7,221 votes for Governor. The 3.9% surpassed the 3% required for the Green Party of Alaska to retain its statewide ballot status.


1998: The Green Party of Alaska retained statewide ballot status in November 1998.

Desa Jacobson received 3.0% and 6,608 votes for Governor. The 3.0% reached the 3% required for the Green Party of Alaska to retain its statewide ballot status - but just barely - Jacobson passed the 3% threshold by 12 votes.


2002: The Green Party of Alaska lost its statewide ballot status in November 2002.

Diane Benson received 1.6% and 2,926 votes for Governor. The 1.6% did not reach the 3% required for the Green Party of Alaska to retain its statewide ballot status.

 

2003: The Green Party of Alaska filed a lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court on July 29, 2003, against the state law that requiring a party to receive at least 3% of the vote in every gubernatorial race to maintain ballot status. The party aruged that results from any statewide race in Alaska should be used to reach this threshold. In the 2002 General Election, Jim Sykes received 7.24% of the votes for U.S. Senator and Russell DeForest received 6.34% for U.S. House of Representatives

The Green Party of Alaska regained its statewide ballot status on November 3rd, 2003 when an Alaska Superior Court ordered the State of Alaska to put the Green Party back on the ballot.

 





 


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