The presidential and vice-presidential nominees will be chosen at the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from August 4 to 7.
The five candidates are:
In the 2012 election, the Green Party had presidential ballot lines in 37 states including the District of Columbia, reaching 82% of voters. As of January 1, 2016, the Green Party is already on the ballot in 22 states, is actively petitioning in eight other states, and is aiming for ballot lines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
As of December 30, the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee determined that all five had sufficiently met the requirements to be officially recognized by the party.
Requirements for recognition include evidence of support from at least 100 party members across the country, completion of a questionnaire stating the campaign’s main issues and strategy, and a pledge to appear on all available state Green Party ballot lines.
Green presidential contenders must also file with the FEC and meet
fundraising milestones in order to maintain recognized status.
The requirements for recognition are meant to show a candidate’s level of campaign organization, campaign strategy, and positions on issues, and help the party determine which candidates are seriously seeking the nomination.
The process helps state Green Parties decide which candidates to place before their members during the 2016 primaries and at statewide conventions and caucuses in preparation for the nominating convention. Each state Green Party has its own procedure for apportioning delegates.
The Green Party has demanded that Green presidential nominees be allowed to participate in post-nomination debates and is currently a plaintiff in two lawsuits against the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).
The green party may be a pointless exercise in reason but it would be cynical to conclude that Americans will always vote for the corruption and incompetence of the Democrat and Republican parties. Perhaps some day Americans really could wake up and vote intelligently.
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