Save the Green Party Ballot Line
For more than 80 years, political parties in New York have been required to obtain 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidate every four years in order to achieve and maintain ballot status. The Green Party of New York achieved ballot status in 2010, and has since maintained it.
But to quash any future challenges from his political Left, Cuomo has raised the ballot access threshold from 50,000 votes to the greater of 130,000 votes or two percent of all votes cast, and a party must qualify every two years, at both the gubernatorial and presidential elections. At the same time, signature requirements for independent nominating petitions were recommended to be increased threefold.
Combined, the two provisions make it extremely difficult to
1) maintain ballot status and 2) regain ballot status once it is lost.
The Green Party is the only party that is against fracking, supports reparations, LGBTQ rights, Medicaire for all, and a Green New Deal. Cuomo is trying to silence any progressive action that challenges his administration. These issues are what make the Green Party more important and nessessary than ever.
We estimate higher than usual voter turnout and that we will need about 200,000 votes to maintain our ballot line. Please vote for Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker on the Green Party line!