The Green Party of Illinois has just two weeks left to collect and submit enough petition signatures to have their candidates appear on the November General Election ballot in Illinois. In 2012, Illinois Greens collected enough signatures. But they didn’t have the money or resources to fight off a strategic challenge to those petitions by Illinois Democrats and were left off. They hope this year will be different.
Illinois Greens, along with the state’s Libertarians, Veterans, and Constitution Party, must each collect 45,000 valid petition signatures by June 27th to have their candidate slate printed on the November ballot. That’s double the number of signatures the Democrats and Republicans must submit for their candidates. Some consider that ‘Exhibit A’ in what they call the rigged election system.
“Do you believe voters in Illinois should be able to vote for Jill Stein, the only presidential candidate who is talking about global warming?” Illinois Green Party petition coordinator Nancy Wade urgently asked two weeks ago in an email to supporters, “If you think Illinois voters should have a real choice for real change we need your help now! We have only four weeks left to collect the rest of the 45,000 signatures of registered voters needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in Illinois. They must be delivered to the Board of Elections on June 27.”
A separate appeal from the Illinois Green Party announced, “If you want to see real candidates for peace, progress, prosperity and the PEOPLE on the ballot this November, we need YOU to help make it happen.”
The announcement went on to say, “The Bernie Sanders campaign has shown that there are a LOT of disenchanted voters out there who are pining for a real progressive option on the ballot. But they won’t get one from the Democratic Party! Only the Green Party is putting up real candidates for positive social change – against global warming and for renewable energy, against student debt and for tuition-free higher education, against constant war and for genuine peace, against all forms of oppression and for economic and social justice, including a $15 per hour minimum wage nationally!”
Some of the 2016 Green Party candidates referenced above include; Jill Stein for President, Bill Kreml for Vice President, Scott Summers for US Senate, Tim Curtin for Comptroller, Christopher Anthony for Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, David Green for State Senate in the Champaign-Urbana area, and Dan Silver for State Representative in Southern Illinois.
And speaking of Bernie Sanders, the Greens presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein shocked political pundits from all parties this week when she invited Sanders to take her place as the Green Party candidate for President now that Hillary Clinton has locked up the Democratic Party nomination. Sanders has yet to react to the invitation.