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Jill Stein Gains Ballot Access For Greens In New Mexico

A few weeks ago, the Rocky Anderson for President campaign reversed course. Although Rocky Anderson had previously spoken out against the influence of corporate money in politics, he suddenly announced that he had submitted himself for approval to the Americans Elect political party – a political organization that was established with, and continues to draw financial support from, money from Wall Street hedge funds. Americans Elect is a pro-corporate political party that employs corporate methods, with a top-down, anti-grassroots structure while refusing to disclose the identities of its many secret donors. Americans Elect is all about expanding the influence of corporate money in politics.

Rocky Anderson said that joining the corporate machine of Americans Elect was necessary to gain attention for himself, and to gain ballot access. Since he joined Americans Elect, though, Rocky Anderson’s presidential campaign has languished there, far below the threshold for gaining ballot access.

A better presidential candidate took another course. Jill Stein has been running for President with the Green Party. As part of her campaign, she’s been travelling across the United States, visiting local Green Party organizations, and asking how she can help them in their efforts. A big part of her work has been ballot access: Getting a Green Party line on the ballot on Election Day. That doesn’t just help her own presidential campaign. It helps Green Party organizations field other candidates in state and local campaigns as well.

green party 2012Yesterday, Jill Stein announced that, in cooperation with the New Mexico Green Party, her campaign had successfully gathered more than enough signatures to get the Green Party on the ballot in New Mexico. She did so without accepting any corporate support. Jill Stein is showing that Rocky Anderson was wrong – an alternative presidential candidate does not need to run into the arms of big corporate money to gain ballot access.

Will the Green Party gain ballot access in absolutely every state? Probably not. They’ll probably not succeed in North Carolina, where ballot access requirements are unreasonably high. But, take a look at this map, provided by the Stein for President campaign, and you’ll see that Stein and the Greens are making pretty good progress.

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6 comments to Jill Stein Gains Ballot Access For Greens In New Mexico

  • I am coming to the conclusion that J Clifford is not a fact-based reporter. We don’t know yet if the Green Party has enough valid signatures in New Mexico. The party submitted 140% of the legal requirement. I hope the party has enough but it hasn’t been determined yet. Generally it is not a good idea to submit fewer than 150% of the legal requirement.

    I am somewhat reluctant to start off my comment the way I did, but a few days ago J Clifford said Jill Stein had won the “primary” in Colorado, when it was actually a state convention. “Convention” is not the same as “primary”.

    • Stephen Kent Gray

      Yes, J Clifford just basically does a copy and paste from the Jill Stein campaign site for some of his articles!

      • Stephen, my purpose here is to point people toward the news on the Jill Stein web site, which wasn’t widely reported, and to present the contrast of that news to the news coming from the Rocky Anderson campaign. You’ll find that the words are all mine, not one phrase copied and pasted.

        • Stephen Kent Gray

          There are more alternative parties than just the Green Party and Justice Party, but you have exlusively honed in on two out of a dozen third parties that will be on atleast one state ballot in 2012. (Americans Elect is not a party so I’m not refering to it.)
          America’s Party
          Boston Tea Party
          Constitution Party
          Libertarian Party
          Party for Socialism & Liberation
          Prohibition Party
          Reform Party
          Socialist Equality Party
          Socialist Party USA
          Socialist Workers Party

          Also, the Stein site isn’t an objective source of news. She says she got over 66% of the DC primary, but the elections results say she only got over 50%.

          http://www.voteresults.org/?STATE=DC
          56.81% versus the 67% she claims!

  • Okay, Richard, look. When people refer to the “primary season”, they are talking about primaries and caucuses, and funny combinations of caucuses and conventions. Besides being a specific term for a specific kind of statewide or local nomination process, “primary” is the general term that’s used for election processes through which a nominee is chosen by a political party.

    As for the New Mexico process of ballot access, you’re technically correct that the final certification of all those signature has not yet taken place, so ballot access is not yet officially granted. But, you know, on Election Day in November, when a presidential candidate “wins” and is described as being the next President, well, the election isn’t really over yet, is it? No, extra procedures need to be gone through, but people say that the election is over, and call the person President-Elect, anyway.

    You write about the fine details of ballot access at your web site, Ballot Access News. That’s a fine service you provide – for those readers who want to sift through the fact that so-and-so submitted a lawsuit on ballot access issues in a state before then going ahead and actually overcoming the obstacles that were cited as too cumbersome. That’s great.

    I’m writing about the more general story, and I feel quite confident in the “reality” of it. Has ballot access been gained for the Green Party in New Mexico? Yeah. If the signatures were just 50 above the required limit, I’d be more reluctant to state it this way.

    The chances that Stein’s Green Party ballot access signatures are going to be challenged at all is low. The chances that huge numbers of signatures are going to be illegitimate, even if a challenge takes place, is even lower. Could it happen? Yeah, but the delegates at the Electoral College could also vote for someone different than they were sent to vote for. It’s not likely enough to me to suspend judgment about the outcome of the election, though.

    Not fact-based? Yes, the article is based on facts, just not a microscopic resolution of facts.

    For goodness sakes, I wrote in the article that “Jill Stein announced that, in cooperation with the New Mexico Green Party, her campaign had successfully gathered more than enough signatures to get the Green Party on the ballot in New Mexico.” A headline is a headline. What do you want me to write as a headline: Jill Stein Gets Far More Than Enough Signatures For Ballot Access In New Mexico, But There Is A Tiny Chance That Ballot Access Will Not Be Finally Verified?

    Jill Stein is stating that the Green Party has ballot access in New Mexico. Are you going to go over to her campaign web site and start declaring that her campaign is not “fact-based”? These matters need to be kept in perspective.

    I could be dying of cancer right now. The fact is that I don’t know whether I have cancer. Am I a liar who isn’t living in a fact-based world if I state that I don’t have cancer? No, I’m just working with the facts as I can reasonably state them.

    If you want to get upset with the way that I describe reality, that’s okay. I just don’t think it’s that big a deal.

  • John Andrews

    JCClifford is giving his readers some useful information. The number of excess signatures you need depends on how carefully you trained your petitioners and validated their petitions. In my own petitioning efforts, I’ve only needed 120%. So the Stein campaign’s 140% is certainly justifies their feeling that they’ve made it. And it stands in contrast to all those other parties and pseudo-parties who talk a lot but can’t manage to produce any results. Stein says she hopes to be on the ballot in over 42 states that represent over 94% of the voting population. That gives progressives a real vehicle for speaking up in the 2012 elections.

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