Last updated: 12/29/2020
The Illinois Green Party wants to thank all of our candidates, their campaign staffs, and their supporters for continuing the struggle to bring peace and economic, social, racial, environmental, and democratic justice to all the people of Illinois.
Note that while the deadline for your County Clerk to receive your mail-in ballot is November 17th, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.
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The Illinois Green Party has candidates across the state and up and down the ballot in 2020! From our Presidential and Vice Presidential ticket (Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker) to US Senate and Congressional candidates to State House candidates ranging from Lake County to the Chicago-land area to Springfield to Carbondale and county level candidates in Jackson County, voters across the state will have multiple Greens candidates to choose from in 2020. (Learn about our Illinois Green Candidates here.)
Here's why the Illinois Green Party recommends voting YES on the Fair Tax Amendment.
2020-08-16: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee Endorses the Fair Tax Amendment
The Illinois Green Party believes the proposed change in the State Constitution to allow a graduated income tax structure is an idea that is long overdue and should be supported by the voters.
Today, only about one third of the states have a flat income tax as now exists in Illinois. Such taxes impose the same percentage tax on a multi-millionaire as on a janitor. Furthermore, the legal deductions and credits that are usually available to those in higher income brackets often make tax rates for the wealthy actually lower than those of the middle income and poorest citizens.
In the spring of 2019, the General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, legislation that would leave it up to the voters to approve fairer tax rates. When you vote on November 3rd, 2020, vote “Yes” to allow this change to become legal.
The Cook County Green Party stands in solidarity with peaceful protesters and joins with them in condemning the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. We acknowledge the festering pain and rage that this killing brought to the surface and the vital need to vent and voice the unbearable frustration that little has changed.
We recognize civil disobedience as a powerful tool to gain attention and awareness, as well as to demand change in a criminal justice system that displays such remarkable injustice.
The two corporate parties never make it easy for Greens to get on the ballot, and Illinois has some of the worst ballot access laws in the nation. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was extremely difficult for third-party candidates to satisfy the high petition-signature requirements that the duopoly parties had established to qualify for the November ballot. After the pandemic, it went from extremely difficult to impossible -- until the Green and Libertarian parties successfully sued state officials to lower those requirements and allow electronic petitioning in this election cycle.
Even after our legal victory, it was still quite a challenge to meet the lower requirements. But thanks to a lot of hard work by our candidates and volunteers, voters in Illinois will be able to cast a ballot on November 3rd for candidates who stand for real social progress -- not just for President and U.S. Senate, but, in many parts of the state, Congress, State Rep and local candidates as well.
Justice is something for which we constantly struggle but only occasionally obtain in the U.S. legal system. Once in a while, though, we get a measure of it. And we are pleased to announce that this just occurred in the lawsuit we recently filed in the Northern District of Illinois.
As many of you know, Illinois has among the most repressive ballot access laws in the nation, requiring so-called “new” parties to gather 25,000 petition signatures from registered voters, in just 90 days, in order to get their candidates’ names on the November ballot. We have achieved that monumental task a number of times in the last 20 years. However, the public-health measures now in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic made petitioning virtually impossible.
Accordingly, on April 2nd, the Illinois Green Party joined with the Libertarian Party of Illinois and two independent candidates seeking ballot access in a lawsuit filed against Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Elections, seeking emergency injunctive relief from the petitioning requirement during the 2020 election cycle.
Thanks to great legal work by attorneys Oliver Hall of the Center for Competitive Democracy and Ohio attorney Mark Brown (with an assist by our own Scott Summers), we not only persuaded the court, but even the defendants, that the petitioning requirements were unconstitutional under the current conditions. After some negotiating, the parties came to an agreement that was entered into this preliminary injunction order, accompanying an opinion and order by Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, explaining the legal basis for the injunction.
We have less than 3 months (March 24th – June 22nd) to collect 50,000 signatures from registered Illinois voters. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking legal action to seek relief from these petitioning requirements. In the meantime we are circulating the petition following social distancing guidelines.
You can go to the following webpage where you can do many things to help with the ballot petition campaign, but at least please click on the link to download the petition. Then, please follow the instructions on how to sign the petition, circulate it within your home, scan the petition or take a picture of the petition with your signatures, email it to us, and what to do going forward to eventually get the notarized original to us. Here’s that link.
Illinois Green Party Ballot Petition Drive
Also, check out these repeating events during the petition drive at ilgp.org/events:
This petitioning process is like no other. Stop on by the meeting via zoom on Saturdays at 3pm to go over any questions. We will also have online training.
Ballot access coordination, strategy, and updates.