The latest issue of The Militant reports on Socialist Workers Party ballot access efforts. In New York, supporters “celebrated July 27 after collecting 29,480 signatures — nearly double the requirement — to place Roger Calero, SWP candidate for U.S. president, and his running mate Alyson Kennedy on the New York state ballot. Campaigning in Buffalo, Albany, and the greater New York City metropolitan area, the campaigners wrapped up the drive in two weeks.” The SWP also reports success in gathering signatures for New York U.S. House candidates Maura DeLuca and Martin Koppel.
The Militant further reports, “Iowa socialists began petitioning July 28 in Postville, the town where almost 400 workers at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant were arrested by immigration cops May 12. The socialists are also petitioning in Waterloo, Iowa City, the Quad-Cities area, and in Des Moines. Their goal is to collect more than 2,250 signatures for Calero and Kennedy and 450 for Frank Forrestal, the SWP candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd District. In Vermont, campaigners are petitioning in Burlington and Montpellier August 2-3, shooting to gather 1,500 signatures for the SWP presidential ticket. Petitioning will also take place later this month in Minnesota, and campaigners will shortly be filing for ballot status in Louisiana and Florida.”