Suspend Physical Petitioning For Minor Parties In MN Require A Filing Fee Instead

 

URGENT POLICY CHANGE REQUEST ~ TO ACCOMMODATE THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY 
DECLARATION MADE FOR MINNESOTA HEALTH SAFETY ~ AS IT APPLIES TO 
CURRENT MINOR POLITICAL PARTY PETITIONING PRACTICES AND REQUIREMENTS*

TO: Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan; Secretary of 
State Steve Simon; the State Senate’s Government Finance and Policy 
and Elections Committee; and the State House’s Subcommittee on Elections

On March 11 the World Health Organization designated coronavirus, or 
COVID-19, a global pandemic. On March 13 President Trump declared a 
U.S. national emergency. Additionally, on March 13, Governor Walz 

announced a peacetime emergency here in Minnesota. As of today, March 
14 the Minnesota Department of Health has so far confirmed 21 cases of 
positive test results for people having coronavirus.

Gov. Walz has put forth a series of “community mitigation strategies” 
which include asking Minnesotans to avoid large gatherings, to do 
their work from home if possible, and to avoid being within six feet 
of contact of others at smaller gatherings to limit interactions as 
much as possible.

In exactly 60 days the state’s three minor political parties (the 
Libertarian, Independence-Alliance, and Green Parties of Minnesota) 
are given their limited two-week ballot access nominating petition 
signature gathering window. Each party must collect several thousand 
signatures during the last two weeks of May (only) to place candidates 
onto the fall general election ballot, something these three parties 
have done consistently every election cycle for decades.

The environment suddenly exists that makes this process an inherent 
health risk to not only the individuals who do the petitioning but 
also to the citizens being approached who get asked to sign a 
nominating petition. Petitioning requires constant and voluminous 
face-to-face interaction.

For scope, each of the 3 minor parties in Minnesota intends to dispatch dozens of volunteers 
to go door-to-door to gather 2000 signatures for President, 2000 
signatures for US Senate, 500 signatures for each of the 6 Minnesota 
legislative races we have planned, plus a 50% cushion. To find these 
10,000 willing signatures often requires knocking on over 5 times as 
many doors. We are already seeing in other states where petitioning is 
currently underway, people are avoiding petitioners (rightly so) which 
is doubling or tripling the number of door knocking interactions needed.

With the health and safety of all Minnesotans being paramount during 
this outbreak, as well as to maintain fair elections, we hereby make a 
formal request to Governor Walz, Secretary Simon, the State Senate 
Elections Committee, and the State House Elections Subcommittee to act 
immediately to suspend the physical petitioning requirement and/or the 
current filing deadline which is currently set as June 2, 2020.

An efficient solution already exists, if acted on, in proposed bills 
SF752 (companion HF708). Introduced in 2019 and amended in 2020 (via 
H0708A2) these bills remain stuck in the listed committees. If passed 
it would allow our political parties who have achieved over 1% in the 
last state wide vote to put candidates onto ballots using internal 
party process, such as by convention endorsement, or by filing fee, or 
with a deadline extended to mid-August (around the time of the state 
primary, 77 days prior to the general).

Enacting these proposals will change behaviors for (the only) three 
minor parties that exist in Minnesota. This will result in preventing 
hundreds of thousands of face-to-face interactions soon.

Please act now to preserve public health alongside fair elections. 
Let’s not hurt one in the name of the other. We look forward to 
working with the Governor, the Secretary of State, and other state 
officials to prioritize the rights and the well being of all 
Minnesotans.

Signed March 14, 2020;
Chris Holbrook, Libertarian Party of Minnesota Chair
Phil Fuehrer, Independence-Alliance Party of Minnesota Chair
Trahern Crews, Green Party of Minnesota Chair

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Dario Hunter Wins Green Party of Minnesota Presidential Caucus

MINNEAPOLIS – On Tuesday, February 25, the Green Party of Minnesota held its 2020 Presidential Caucus, which was the first of the Green Party Presidential caucuses in the country in this election cycle. Rank Choice Voting was the voting method, however, Dario Hunter won in the first round with 81% of the vote. Candidates were encouraged to send in a 2-minute video about their campaign platform Dario Hunter appeared in person and spoke about his vision for America.

Delegates will be chosen and awarded at the Green Party of Minnesota Summer meeting in June. Greens from across the Twin Cities participated in this festive event. The Resolutions that were adopted are as follows: The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee proposal to Make Minnesota a Sanctuary State. Minneapolis city council member Cam Gordon proposal on Rank Choice Voting Local options and Statewide Legislation. Community Activist Lee Parker proposed renaming a stretch of the I94 Freeway to the Rondo Corridor. Green Party member Henry Helgen from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light proposed 100% Clean Energy in Minnesota by 2030.

Dario Hunter with Vice President of the Minneapolis Park Board Latrissa Vetaw and Minister Toya Woodland.
Dario Hunter, Vice President of the Minneapolis Park Board Latrissa Vetaw and Minister Toya Woodland

Two Green Party elected officials spoke including Minneapolis city council member Cam Gordon talked about how Green Policies are gaining ground like a Green New Deal for the city of Minneapolis. Minneapolis Park Board Vice President Latrissa Vetaw spoke of working toward 100% pesticide-free parks throughout the city.

Candidates seeking the Green Party endorsement also delivered powerful messages. Darnella Wade who is running for state representative in District 65B, Minister Toya Woodland who is a candidate for U.S. representative in the 5th district and Scott Raskiewicz who is running for U.S Senate against Tina Smith.

We congratulate Mr. Hunter on his victory and are excited about all the candidates running as Greens in Minnesota during this 2020 election cycle.

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Ballot Access For Third Parties

On February 20th, 2020 The Chair of the Minnesota Green Party came together with the Chairs of the Independence Party of Minnesota Phillip Fuehrer and the Libertarian Party Chris Holbrook who organized the day's events with the help of MN State Senator Scott Jensen in effort to get more ballot access for third parties. A press conference was held before the committee hearing on the issue at the Minnesota state capital. 

Trahern Crews explained that voters want more choice on their November ballot and that this bill will cause more people to participate in our democracy.

CHIEF AUTHOR NOTICES User: Paul Carlson Hearing Date: 02/20/2020 Time: 1:00 p.m. Room: Minnesota Senate Bldg. 1200 From Cmte: State Government Finance and Policy and Elections (Committee) Bill Author: Senator Jensen Bill Number: S.F. 0752 Subject of the bill: Major political party designation thresholds modification; nominating petition requirements modification; political party.

Watch the MN Senate Hearing Here: Ballot Access Minnesota Senate Hearing

 

 

 

   


MN Greens Join Fight To End Political Oppression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: MN Green Party Darnella Wade

[email protected]

 

February 04, 2019

The Minnesota Green Party is partnering up in the fight to end political oppression!

In a state with some of the worst disparities, we need ballot access that allows for the participation of all independent political voices. We can’t be the change we want to see if we must compromise by running with parties that don't share our values. The strength of the two-party system isn’t earned - it's only due to the many laws which have been written over time to create barriers to participation, eliminate opportunities to challenge established power, and built up a system that has primarily served to provide a disproportionate political voice for monied interests at the expense of the people forced to live under the unequal and unjust laws it imposes.

The Ballot Access Inclusiveness Bill, which has been proposed for years, was officially authored, sponsored, and filed on January 30 in the Senate by Sen. Jensen (R-47) and on February 1 in the House by Rep. Elkins (D-49B)!

This bill would do the following:

  • Reduce the threshold for major party status from 5% currently to 1% or 2%
  • Expand the minor party ballot access petition window from 2 weeks to 2 months
  • Modernize the petition used by minor party candidates to collect signatures

 

How You Can Help

Be there with us! A press conference to announce the Ballot Access Inclusiveness Bill will take place at the State Capital this Thursday, February 7 from 12:30 - 1:00 PM in Conference Room B971. Let's pack the room with supporters!

We also need you to call or email your State Representative and State Senator to tell them this bill deserves a committee hearing and to be voted on by the full bodies of each legislative branch. To find your representatives, look them up at https://www.gis.leg/iMaps/districts/.

Numbers speak volumes. Tell a friend and any press contacts you have. It's time to level the playing field. You can be part of it.

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Green Party Black Caucus supports probe into MLK assassination

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of over 60 prominent American citizens called for a full investigation into Reverend King’s assassination.

 

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Megan Kuhl-Stennes Files as Candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner

Green endorsed candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner District 4 Megan Kuhl-Stennes filed as a candidate Friday, June 1st. Filing took place at Hennepin County Elections (downtown Government Center).

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Rhoda Gilman - Grandmother of the MN Greens Passes

It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of Rhoda Gilman earlier this week at the age of 91. Rhoda was quite simply the Grandmother of the Green Party of Minnesota and was an important Minnesota historian and committed radical political activist to the end.

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1927, Rhoda came to Minnesota in 1952. She became a researcher at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958 and held positions there in the publications, education, and research divisions. Among the projects she accomplished was a textbook of Minnesota history for schools statewide, which was separately published as "The Story of Minne-sota's Past".

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Platform, Constitution Amendment Process Opens

The GPMN Platform can be revised every even-numbered year. The party’s Constitution can be amended each year. At the summer membership meeting on June 23, 2018, members will have the opportunity to decide on proposed changes to the Platform and the Constitution.

Revision proposals for both documents will be accepted through May 8.

Proposals can be made by an individual or a group. Those submitted by groups usually demonstrate broader support and result in better proposals. A group could be a local, an issue-based caucus, or any informal gathering of Green Party members.

Please follow these guidelines in submitting proposed changes.

Read the document you want to change first, and become familiar with its style and content.

Write your proposal to fit in with the rest of the document.

  • Make sure what you are proposing isn’t already there.
  • Be concise, not wordy.
  • Identify the paragraph and sub-paragraph number in the existing document where your change would fit. You can find the full Platform and Constitution on the website, mngreens.org, under About GPMN.
  • If you want to replace a whole section, include the original language as well as the new language in your proposal. If you want to change some words within a section, use strike-out for the words you want to take out and underline for the words you want to add. Make sure it reads!
  • Include your name, email address and phone number, in case the Core Documents Committee needs to contact you.
  • Send your proposal by May 8, 2018, to GPMN, 4200 Cedar Ave S #8, Minneapolis, MN 55407, or attach it to an email to [email protected]

The Constitution is the foundational legal document that shapes the structure and operation of the party. Amending it must be done with care. The Platform is a living expression of what Greens in Minnesota want to see as public policy, and it changes as social, economic, environmental and political knowledge changes.

The Core Documents Committee will review the proposals to make sure they are not repetitive, have good style and grammar, and are intended for the appropriate document. By May 23, the proposals will be available to read on the website so members know ahead of time what they will be voting on at the summer meeting.

Questions? Contact Betsy Barnum, 701-610-3432 or [email protected]


GPUS Reparations Working Group Elects Co-Chair from Minnesota

The Green Party of the United States Black Caucus is proud to announce that it has nominated and elected two co-chairs to its Green Party of the United States Reparations Working Group to secure full and complete reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States of America.

Anika Ofori is a cultural artist, social entrepreneur and activist. She currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a US Navy veteran. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Ministry Leadership from Geneva College and a Master of Divinity from The Virginia Union University. She is a member of the Green Party of Louisiana and the Green Party US Black Caucus.

Trahern Crews is a community organizer, activist and socially responsible entrepreneur who organizes with urban youth around sustainable food access. Mr. Crews currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Green Party and Green Party US Black Caucus, and is the spokesperson for the Minnesota Green Party of the 4th Congressional District.

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