Hartford, CT – August 31 – This afternoon the Executive Committee of the Green Party of Connecticut was contacted by the Secretary of the State’s (SOTS) Election Division with the exciting news that Dr. Jill Stein had garnered enough signatures from state residents to be included in the presidential ballot.
Committee co-chair Mike DeRosa (who is expecting written confirmation shortly) reported that of the approximate 15,000 signatures submitted by the August 10 deadline, more than 7,600 were reported as qualified by the SOTS’s office. Seven thousand, five hundred signatures from registered voters is the stipulated minimum required according to current Connecticut law.
Following on ballot access victories in Alabama, Tennessee and Delaware earlier this week, the efforts of hundreds of Greens, volunteers and non-profit supporters in Connecticut now bring the total number of states listing Stein on the ballot to 40 (the Stein campaign aims to be on the ballots of at least 46 states by November 8).
After visiting with Livingston Parish residents, the latest victims impacted by climate change-induced devastation striking Louisiana for the second time since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Stein spoke in Denver on Colorado’s robust use of ballot initiative as a model for local democracy across the country and, most recently, attempted to meet with the mayor of Los Angeles with members of Black Lives Matter to demand the dismissal of Police Chief Charlie Beck "for overseeing the kinds of tragedies that take place here, (as) with Richard Rishner," and other victims of deadly force by police.
About the Green Party of Connecticut and Jill Stein
A unity of local Green Party chapters, the CTGP (www.ctgreenparty.org) is committed to grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom. These are the Four Pillars of all Green parties worldwide and are the first four principles of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party (including decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, future focus and sustainability). We do not accept contributions from corporate PACs.
Dr. Jill Stein (www.jill2016.com) was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President and holds the record for most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President of the United States in the general election. She is a mother, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate and has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism, strengthen local green economies and revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs and power plant toxic remediation. She was an organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.