As of 5 pm CDT today, July 5, it's official. We WILL be able to vote for the Greater Good in Illinois.
On the ballot in Illinois for the November 8th election:
- Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party U.S. presidential candidate
- William P. Kreml, Illinois Green Party U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate
- Scott Summers, Illinois Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate
- Tim Curtin, Illinois Green Party candidate for Illinois Comptroller
As you know, on June 27th we submitted more than 50,000 signatures of registered Illinois voters who want Green Democracy in Illinois. There were five business days, until 5:00 pm today, for challenges and there were none.
Let's take this success and roll with it right into campaign 2016 in Illinois for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, and our Illinois candidates! We can't let the momentum slow down. Please donate to help us get the word out: there is another choice in Illinois!
Illinois Ballot Access Coordinator Jill2016
Statement by Illinois Green Party Executive Committee on Ballot Challenges to the Socialist and Constitution Parties in Illinois
The Illinois Green Party has been made aware that an individual member of our party has filed an objection to the candidacy of Socialist Party presidential candidate Emidio Soltysik, Constitution Party presidential candidate Frank Fluckiger and Constitution Party U.S. Senate candidate Chad Koppie, seeking to block these candidates from appearing on the November 8th general election ballot in Illinois. The Executive Committee of the Illinois Green Party wishes to make it clear in no uncertain terms that we did not solicit, suggest, or approve of any such action. This action was taken on the sole initiative of the individual. Under Illinois law, any Illinois voter may file such an objection.
We recognize that, in light of the heroic and extraordinary sacrifices made by Illinois Greens to collect approximately 50,000 petition signatures from Illinois voters on behalf of our own presumptive presidential candidate, Jill Stein, some members of our party may feel that it is unfair for other minority parties, that did not make a comparable effort, to appear on the ballot. This is understandable. We support fair, reasonable and very low threshold ballot access requirements in our state. We do not support the proposition that there should be no requirements at all. However, the Illinois Green Party states that it is not the role of our party to police the ballot when all minority parties face a fundamentally unfair electoral system that is heavily stacked against them, all to the benefit of the two corporate parties. We recognize the Socialist Party and the Constitution Party as allies in the broader struggle for fair and reasonable ballot access laws. We reject the fiction that exists under Illinois law that these parties, and our party, are "new" parties that must repeatedly meet ridiculously high petition signature requirements, election after election, just to have our candidates on the ballot. We also recognize that the Socialist Party, the party of Eugene V. Debs, an historic agent of social progress in America, is a potential ally of the Green Party in the struggle for further social progress.