Cynthia McKinney to Run for Congress as a Green

Below is a press release from the National Green Party. Note it quotes Richard Winger regarding Georgia’s onerous ballot access requirements.

Georgia Greens Welcome McKinney’s Entry to Race
Green Party to meet in Nominating Convention June 2nd

Following weeks of rumors and media reports about her intentions,
Stone Mountain, Georgia resident Cynthia McKinney, a six term member
of the U.S. Congress and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of
the United States has filed an FEC-2 “Statement of Candidacy.” In
this filing she declares her intention to seek the nomination of the
Georgia Green Party for Congress of the United States.

“Greens welcome Ms. McKinney’s entry into the race,” said Adam
Shapiro, chair of the Georgia Green Party. “We hope we can work
together to restore to the Fourth Congressional District leadership
committed to expeditiously ending this nation’s illegal and immoral
wars.”

The Georgia Green Party will convene its Nominating Convention on
Saturday June 2nd, 2012, from 10am till 4pm at the Tucker-Reid H.
Cofer Public Library; 5234 LaVista Road; Tucker, GA 30084. This
Convention is expected to consider endorsing former state party
cochair Denice Traina in her bid for election to the nonpartisan
Augusta-Richmond County commission. In addition, the Party
anticipates considering the nominations of both Ms. McKinney in her
bid for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District and Kwabena Nkromo who
has announced his intention to seek the Party’s nomination for the
State Assembly in District #57.

In addition to securing the support of Delegates to the June 2nd
Convention, in order to appear as Greens on the Georgia ballot, these
partisan candidates are also required to file petitions with
signatures representing 5% of the number of voters who are registered
and eligible to vote in November’s General Election. This ballot
access standard is ten times the national average and according to
Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, constitutes the highest
barrier to participation in the world, when comparing all countries
which conduct contested elections. The filing deadline is in 76 days.

“We will not succeed in placing Green candidates on the Georgia ballot
without the participation of citizens willing to carry our ballot
access petitions,” said Al Herman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia
Party. “We face an near-impossible barrier and a short timeline.
We’re inviting Greens and others from around the nation to come to
Georgia to help us surmount these barriers. We’re asking Greens in
Georgia to open their homes to host our out-of-state volunteers.”

The Georgia Green Party has organized since before its first filing
with the Secretary of State in 1996. The Party organizes to inject
Green values of peace and non-violence, social justice, grassroots
democracy and ecological wisdom into the public policy making process.

26 thoughts on “Cynthia McKinney to Run for Congress as a Green

  1. Oranje Mike

    Are petitions in Georgia open to be signed by anyone or is the restrictions as they have in Arizona? While Georgia may set the bar high it would be a bit easier if any registered voter can sign.

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  3. Sia

    Cynthia McKinney will not get the signatures. Not to say she doesn’t have a right to be on the ballot (she does) but there is an impossible number of signatures that must be obtained to get on the ballot for US Congress and it has never been done. Maybe this will help lefties realize how gov’t regulations are designed by bureaucrats to hurt the grassroots. Not help! They always have unintended consequences that are worse than the original problem the regulation attempted to solve.

  4. Deran

    Georgia’s, and many other states, onerous ballot access laws make it clear to me that at the very least, ballot access for all federal offices should be a controled by a single set of federal rules.

    I would even suggest that restrictive ballot access laws for state and local should be challenged under the federal Voting Rights Act.

  5. paulie

    I’d be concerned with the feds coming up with a draconian standard. At least some states have relatively sane ballot access.

  6. Deran

    @6 paulie. More draconian than most states have now? I don’t see how things can get any worse except by banning all other political parties except the two corporate parties?

    I realize they could set up laws requiring a hundred thousad signatures per state, but I can’t help but think that standardized rules for federal office ballot access would make it so all parties and independents know exactly what they need to do because it’s all the same per state. I would think a set percentile. .25% of voters in the last election for that federal office in that state.

    Even better, a flat rate of 1,000 signatures per state for president!

  7. Jimmy

    Never been a McKinney fan but I admire her. She joined the Greens, ran for its presidential nomination, won, promised to stay in the Green Party and helped build it even if she lost the general, and kept her word. Are you listening Bob Barr, et. al.?

  8. Richard Winger

    #1, in all states, any registered voter can sign for a petitioning candidate who is trying to get on the November ballot for Congress. The only exception is Texas, where people who vote in a primary can’t sign.

    Arizona once had a law that said only registered independents could sign, but that was held unconstitutional in 1999 in Campbell v Hull.

  9. Jason

    @Paulie

    Greens don’t have a ballot line in Georgia, as they haven’t petitioned for statewide ballot access. She’ll be listed as an Independent.

  10. Oranje Mike

    #10, for clarification you are saying that any registered voter can sign for anyone seeking a seat in the US House in AZ?

    I was told registered Republicans and Democrats could not sign a petition for a Libertarian candidate.

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  12. Nick Kruse

    A former member of congress trying to reclaim her seat in congress as a third party candidate. If she can get on the ballot, it could be a very interesting race. She could even win this election if she can get the signatures.

  13. paulie

    Greens don’t have a ballot line in Georgia, as they haven’t petitioned for statewide ballot access. She’ll be listed as an Independent.

    She could petition as either Green or independent just for the district, I think it’s the same number of signatures unless I’m mistaken. Is there a law that she would have to qualify the party statewide? I tried to get deals with LP for congressional races there a couple of times, but they do have statewide, so maybe there’s a law that you can’t just qualify one district for a party like you can in other states…is there?

  14. paulie

    I was told registered Republicans and Democrats could not sign a petition for a Libertarian candidate.

    I think that’s for precincts, not Congress.

  15. Jed Siple

    I never even see any petition circulators. Must be because I live out in the sticks, but I’d gladly sign any party and/or candidate’s papers who came to my door.

  16. paulie

    Going door to door is too slow for most petitioners,especially in places where the houses and spread out. It’s just the luck of the draw whether you run into a petitioner while you are out and about, and it’s more likely in a major metro area than a smaller town or rural area.

  17. Jason

    @Paulie

    I don’t believe so. If I recall, a Green tried to run for the Georgia House a few years ago and said he’d be listed as an Independent if he got on the ballot.

    In order to have their own ballot line, Greens would need to petition for statewide ballot access, which they haven’t done.

  18. Curt Boyd

    It will be hard for her to get on the ballot, but I think she could make a big impact on the race if she does.

  19. Oranje Mike

    #18, I’ve gone out trying to collect signatures in Phoenix 3 or 4 times in the past week. It’s hard everywhere (especially if your seeking qualified signers for partisan petitioners). Most people don’t answer the door. Can’t say I blame them. I managed 3 signatures, an additional 3 or 4 human contacts that wouldn’t sign for one reason or another and the rest were no answers.

  20. paulie

    I doubt it would be door to door. That’s just way to slow. Public places are much better in most cases.

    There may be some door to door but I would expect the bulk would not be.

    Haven’t heard about a law saying a party can’t qualify districts. Anyone know for sure?

  21. Krieger

    Great news. I voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008, because she was the most anti-imperialist candidate on the ballot in my state. As Neocon war criminal Barack Obama massacred civilians in Libya last year, McKinney visited Tripoli to document NATO war crimes as the bombs fell down around her. McKinney puts her life on the line for what what the vast majority of humanity knows is just: ending the US empire. Neocons hate her for this.

  22. Paulie

    BTW, does anyone know why she moved to California and then back to Georgia?

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