Maine’s ballot-access laws ruled unconstitutional. What will we do about it?

We all know that Maine is peculiar in all sorts of ways, so it should be no surprise that we are out on an island in terms of the way we allow access by political parties to our ballots: “Maine’s statutory scheme is almost entirely unique in the nation,” says Oliver Hall, legal counsel for the Center for Competitive Democracy, “in that the only way to become a ballot-qualified party is to have enough enrolled members.”  Specifically, you need to launch your political party and get to 10,000 members within two elections. Before recent legal revisions, it was even worse: You had to have 10,000 enrollees actually vote in that election!  Continue reading

The Green Party of Philadelphia denounces corruption of local elected officials

Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon joined the long list of local elected officials who have been convicted of corruption. In 2015, Councilmember Henon was in discussions about renewing an agreement between Comcast and the City of Philadelphia. The agreement would, among other things, increase internet access for low-income Philadelphia residents and students. Continue reading

Occupy Biden: Day 3 – Demanding Executive Action

Seasoned activist at the occupation site from the fracking front lines in Western PA tells his story I live in the shale fields of western Pennsylvania. Butler County is one of the most heavily fracked counties in one of the most heavily fracked states in the country. We have fence line communities that have suffered health and financial hardship due to the industry. Continue reading

Pa Green Party endorses shut down of berks county detention center

Meeting virtually on November 14, elected delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) unanimously endorsed the Shut Down Berks Coalition. The coalition is a group of organizations and individuals demanding the closure of the Berks County Family Detention Center (BCRC) in PA and an end to the practice of imprisoning immigrant families in the U.S. The endorsement was requested by Jay Walker (Allegheny County), a member of the GPPA Steering Committee. Continue reading

Montana ballot access law unconstitutional

HELENA, MT — Part of a Montana election law that states how many signatures minor parties must gather for their candidates to appear on ballots is unconstitutional, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The Montana Green Party in 2018 challenged the rules that require minor parties to gather signatures equal to at least 5 percent of the total votes cast for the winner in the most recent gubernatorial election in at least 34 of 100 state House districts. Continue reading

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Montana’s Unequal Distribution Requirement for the Petition to Create a New Party

The above quote is taken verbatim from a court recording during a hearing held by the Montana First Judicial District County of Lewis and Clark on May 17, 2018. On November 8, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Montana Green Party v Jacobsen, 20-35340. It struck down the unequal distribution requirement that has existed for Montana petitions for new party recognition ever since 1981. The unequal distribution requirement was responsible for the Green Party’s petition failure in both 2018 and 2020. It requires signatures from one-third of the State House districts. The fatal flaw is that it requires almost three times as many signatures from some districts as from others, even though all districts are approximately equal in population. Continue reading

Nevada Green Party starts petitioning for 2022

The Nevada Green Party has launched its party petition for the 2022 election. It needs 13,557 signatures. If it can get the job done before January 1, 2022, the old law will be in effect. The old law does not require a distribution requirement. Continue reading

UN General Secretary Declares Climate Emergency — Green Party Responds

PressTV news has Green Party Communications Manager Michael O'Neil speak on the United States' obligations to avert a global climate catastrophe. Original clip: TAKE ACTION Sign the petition for an ecosocialist Green New Deal! Continue reading

Howie Hawkins on the Freedom to Vote Act

The Freedom to Vote Act is the newest effort by Democrats in Congress to pass a bill that can attract at least some GOP vote. Howie Hawkins, the recent Green Party candidate for President, says while the voting reforms in the bill need to be adopted, the provisions killing the Presidential campaign matching funds need to be rejected. With Mark Dunlea for the Hudson Mohawk Radio Network. Continue reading

Amicus Brief filed in U.S. Supreme Court in Case over Exclusion of Minor Parties from Ohio Election Commission

On September 15, the Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE), and the Green Party, the Constitution Party, and the national committee of the Libertarian Party filed this amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Crites, 21-226. This is the case over the composition of the Ohio Elections Commission. Ohio law says it must have three members of each of the two largest parties, and one member who is not a member of any party. Thus a minor party member can never serve on the commission. Continue reading