Indiana Ballot Access Campaign
In light of the declaration of a state of emergency in Indiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the INGP and various local Green groups and candidates have made requests to Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and/or the Indiana Election Commission to waive the petitioning requirement of signatures for ballot access. You can read many of these requests here:
- Request from the Indiana Green Party (HTML | PDF)
- Request from the Circle City Greens - Green Party of Greater Indianapolis (PDF)
- Request from the Monroe County Green Party (PDF, taken from pages 90-91 of the April 22 Public Comments on the Election Commission's website)
- Request from Randy Paul, Green Party Candidate in Monroe County (PDF, taken from page 173 of the April 22 Public Comments on the Election Commission's website)
- Comments from Randy Paul directly to the Election Commission during their April 22 meeting (PDF, taken from pages 17-19 of April 22 Meeting Minutes on the Election Commission's website)
- Request from Sarah Dillon, former Green Party Candidate in Terre Haute (PDF)
- Request from a concerned Indiana resident (PDF)
- Acknowledgement by Chairman Okeson of requests from the INGP before March 25 (PDF, taken from page 17 of the March 25 Meeting Minutes on the Election Commission's website)
The Constitution Party of Indiana has also requested the signature requirements be waived for 3rd parties as has been done in other states such as Vermont. (PDF, taken from page 152 of April 22 Public Comments on the Election Commission's website)
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In the 2016 elections- Indiana was 1 of only 6 states nationwide without the Green Party on the presidential ballot. Jill Stein was a registered write-in candidate and received 3,638 votes, placing her 4th, directly behind the 3 parties with ballot access in this state (Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians). We're actually one of only 4 states that has never been on the ballot for the presidential election, not even when Ralph Nader was running.
In Spring 2018- We attempted to petition for 27,000 signatures to grant us a spot on the ballot, but the Election Division never counted our signatures, so we were forced to continue as a write-in on election day.
In Fall 2018- Our candidate, Dr. George Wolfe, was registered as an official write-in candidate for Secretary of State. We were campaigning for a win, but if we reached at least 2% of the vote, this ultimately would have granted the Indiana Green Party future ballot access automatically for all major positions across the state. The official vote count on from the November 6, 2018 elections showed that the 2% mark was not reached. There were some major inconsistencies with the results, and after prodding the Secretary of State's office, they added hundreds of votes to the official count after the election. We still believe many were missed. If you had any issues voting for George Wolfe or if your vote did not get counted, please let us know.
In 2019- We fielded 6 candidates across the state in local city-council elections. We again had to petition registered voters within each district for hand-written signatures to be on the ballot in that district.
For the 2020 Presidential Election- We have to petition for nearly 45,000 hand-written, verified signatures across the state by July 2020 to be on the Indiana ballot in November 2020. The Green Party likely won't officially nominate their Presidential candidate until July 2020, after petitions are due in Indiana.
2019 Legislative Updates
Senate Bill 571 progressed through the Indiana legislature to address ballot access laws for political parties in Indiana. This bill would have reduced the 2% threshold down to 0.5% for political parties to attain ballot access and be recognized as an official party with the state. It would have also redefined "major" and "minor" parties under a blanket "standard" political party. Former Indiana Green Party candidate, Dr. George Wolfe, testified to the Indiana Senate Elections Committee in support of this bill in January 2019. The bill was defeated in the state Senate on February 14, 2019, by a vote of 16-31. Read more here:
Senate Bill 306 defines and permits Ranked Choice Voting in the state of Indiana. This bill never advanced in the Senate Elections Committee.
GPUS released a good guide: A Green's Guide to Getting on the Ballot