N.Y.'s Green and Libertarian political parties in peril as Working Families Party avoids disaster

ALBANY, NY — It's not easy being Green. The Green Party of New York is feeling blue but vowing to fight on after failing to get enough votes in the presidential election to remain on the ballot in the Empire State. An election law overhaul related to New York's soon-to-be-implemented public matching funds program significantly increased the threshold needed for parties to retain their line on the state ballot ― a blow to a liberal third parties. Continue reading

On day after the election, protesters across Pennsylvania demand that each vote be counted

Protesters from various organizations march along Grant Street Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Rallies across the state wanted to see every vote counted for the presidential election before a victor was named. Photo by Sally Maxzon As election workers in Pennsylvania continued to sift through mail-in ballots Wednesday night, rallies across the state drew protesters demanding that each vote is counted. Continue reading

Paglino offers takeaway from third-party bid

Green Party of Connecticut retains ballot status Green Party candidate Justin Paglino, a physician from Guilford, challenged incumbent Democrat Rosa Delauro for Connecticut's third House district. DeLauro beat back Paglino and her Republican challenger, real estate developer Margaret Streicker, with 54.7 percent of the vote. Continue reading

I couldn't bring myself to vote for Trump or Biden – so I went Green

I'm an American living abroad in the UK, so for this year's election I filled out an absentee ballot. Following the rules to 'fold here' and 'tape there', I was prepped and prepared to fulfil my civic duty and tick the Biden/Harris box. After all, we've been told countless times that voting for the candidates best poised to beat Donald Trump and Mike Pence is the first step to saving America. Continue reading

U.S. third-party candidate fights for party's survival, urging election reform

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Harry R. Burger, who is running for Congress under less-known Green Party in New York's 2nd congressional district, recently carried several yard signs for himself and his party's presidential candidates and placed them around an early voting site at Babylon Town Hall Annex on Long Island of New York State. In a dark green jacket, Burger lamented somebody stole his yard signs which were placed there a few days ago. Continue reading

Progressives need to look to the Green Party for real change

Let me say that I am in support of Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and the platform that he represents. Unfortunately, nobody knows Howie because of the two major parties blacklisting him and other minor parties. Sad to say, the upcoming election has become a good example of identity politics: The Trump personality is seen as narcissistic and obnoxious. Joe Biden is seen as the nice guy who relates to the average person with compassion and humility. This is probably a pretty accurate description of both. Continue reading

Sometimes considered spoilers, third parties keep focus on policies

Robin Laurain, co-chair of the Michigan Green Party, thinks of voters like pie. Half of the pie is made up of those who don't vote at all, and the other half is mostly split down the middle between Democrats and Republicans. "Then there's that little sliver on the side," Laurain said. "That's the third-party people." Continue reading

'Stop voting from a place of fear' – the other candidates deserve a hearing

"Which candidates are actually talking about measures that will change the system that enables police to continually murder Black people and other people of colour with impunity? The system, this system, is inherently flawed. And we are the only party talking about that." That's Angela Walker, Green Party candidate for vice-president. She's on the ticket in thirty states, yet most voters have never heard her name. Continue reading

Democratic Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen breaks ranks to endorse Green Party candidate Franca Muller Paz

Zeke Cohen, a Democratic member of Baltimore City Council, is endorsing Green Party candidate Franca Muller Paz in her bid to join the board. Muller Paz, a public school teacher, is trying to unseat Democratic Councilman Robert Stokes for the seat representing Baltimore's 12th District which covers areas of Central, East and North Baltimore. Continue reading

Green Party candidate shakes up state rep race

CHERRY VALLEY, Pa. – Michael Bagdes-Canning, a retired teacher and resident of Cherry Valley, has shaken up what was expected to be a sleepy re-election for State Representative Lee James. Written off by many at the start as a perennially third party candidate — his previous runs for the same seat had failed to break 3 percent of the vote — has unexpectedly captured the public conversation as the race enters its final days. Continue reading