The Green Party of Arkansas today submitted 14,300 signatures today in an attempt to get their party on the ballot. 10,000 valid signatures are required in order to qualify a party for the ballot in Arkansas.
If the petition is approved, that will be the third election year in a row in which the Green Party has completed this petition. The only other party that has ever qualified by petition in Arkansas is the Reform Party, which completed the petition once, in 1996.Before 1971, Arkansas allowed any party to be on the ballot with no petition.
Arkansas allows parties to be on the ballot for President only with a petition of 1,000 signatures, and many parties have completed that petition. Arkansas is the only state in which no Libertarian Party member has ever been on the ballot for partisan office other than President.
Arkansas is a state where the Green Party has made significant inroads recently. In 2008 the party elected its first member to the state legislature, Richard Carroll. The party has also been the sole opposition of many Democratic incumbents in recent years.