Chicago Sun-Times columnist writes (you can read the full column here):
Huckelberry, 33, chairs the Illinois Green Party, and he sees a tide slowly turning its way.You might think that sounds ridiculous but hang on.
Illinois has had only a short courtship with the Greens since they fielded their first slate of statewide candidates in 2006. And their candidate for governor that year (and this year), Rich Whitney, did well enough against Rod Blagojevich and Judy Baar Topinka to pick up 10.4 percent of the total vote.
That was more than double the 5 percent minimum vote threshold to become a legally established political party in Illinois. That’s why, if you were one of the precious few who voted two weeks ago, you could request not only a Republican or Democratic ballot — you could have pulled a Green one instead.
As many as 5,000 voters did so, according to the Green Party, even though their candidates, unlike the Dems and the GOP, were in uncontested races.
“Those voters were more interested in an outright protest vote,” Huckelberry said.