Green Party Fail in Arizona


For all of you who have been posting comments that you will vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party in November, too bad for you!

The incompetent Green Party failed to qualify its presidential electors before the deadline, so Jill Stein will not appear on the ballot in Arizona. Green Party fails to meet deadline for naming presidential electors:

Jill_SteinThe secretary of state’s office said Tuesday the party had not met the June 1 deadline for nominating electors for the Nov. 8 election. Those are the people who will come to the Capitol following the election to cast the state’s 11 electoral votes for the Green Party candidate were that person to get the most votes here.

The party holds its national convention in August in Houston. Jill Stein, who won the Arizona primary in March, is the presumptive nominee.

But all that is irrelevant under state law. Instead, it requires whoever chairs each recognized party to choose 11 electors no later than 90 days ahead of the primary election.

That deadline passed at 5 p.m. June 1. And while the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties all managed to submit a slate, the Green Party was conspicuous by its absence.

[T]he failure effectively means there is no chance for Arizona to cast its electoral votes for the Green  Party nominee, even if that person outpolls Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

The Green Party, with just 4,480 registered voters out of more than 3.35 million in the state, has had a history of problems in Arizona meeting deadlines.

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A spokesman for Secretary of State Michele Reagan said there is no legal way to waive the deadline, with the only option now for the Green Party to seek a court order.

Good luck with that, now that Arizona requires strict compliance with its election laws.

Maybe all those purported Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders but now say that they will vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party should, oh I don’t know, actually join the Green Party and show them how to professionally manage a political party in the way that you all demand. Hijacking the Green Party should be easy for you.

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  1. so now I am stuck with dope smoker gary johnson or sociopath donald trump great. and no donna gatehouse I will not be voting for war criminal hillary clinton.

  2. Purported Democrats?

    Do I have to swear a loyalty oath or something?

    Is there a purity test I can take?

    I usually agree with you, Blue, but I don’t get the hate on Bernie supporters the day after HRC locks things up.

    Starting as of last night, Clinton supporters need to be reaching out to Sanders supporters, because, oh, I don’t know, down-ticket races?

    HRC will have a very lonely 4 years in the White House if Dems don’t retake the Senate, and improve in the House.

    Clinton supporters who think getting the White House is the end game need to wake up.

    • The UNDESERVED hatred for Bernie has been there since the day it became apparent that Bernie could pose a serious challenge to the Queen, which he did. Had he been treated fairly by mainstream media, he would have done a great deal better, perhaps even handing the Queen’s ass on a platter back to the DNC.

      As expected, we will proceed with the Lesser of Two Evils election. The electoral college has relieved Arizona voters who do not like either candidate of voting for the lesser evil. Unless God opens up the earth and allows it to swallow the right wing voters in Maricopa County, this state will be solid red.

      Mr. Meanie here is apparently reveling in Hillary’s super delegate victory and his own sarcasm. But make no mistake, the Hillary supporters will get what they deserve if she wins in November. Unfortunately, we get it too. And so will a lot of other folks who deserve better.

    • I am not feeling particularly generous today towards the people who regularly post comments on this blog that they will vote for a Green Party candidate who will not even be on the ballot. Am I not entitled to occasionally be cranky like everyone else who posts comments on this blog? I thought this was a minor dig. Who knew that we had so many super-sensitive readers.

      I find the purity test comment fascinating — hasn’t that been the drumbeat criticism of Hillary Clinton from Sanders supporters, that she is not sufficiently progressive enough to pass your purity test? (see Liza).

      I don’t have a horse in this race, I have not actively worked for either candidate. And I don’t “hate” Sanders supporters, that is an uninformed and unfair supposition on your part. I am annoyed by some of our regular trolls. Don’t be so sensitive. You’re better than that.

      • Cranky! Okay, maybe things have gotten a tad bit heated lately.

        Don’t let us internet commenters/trolls get you down, Blue, BforAZ is a great site, and agree or not, we all appreciate the work you folks do.

        My pledge to vote Green in the general was driven partly by the desire to use my vote (my only real voice) for a candidate that shares my values, and mostly to send a message to the DNC.

        I stand by that. The competence of the Green Party, having a paucity of funding and support, is beside the point.

        I’m tired of Dems acting like Republicans just to keep their jobs. I’d like to submit Kirsten Sinema as Exhibit A.

        Sanders supporters are going to want something in return for our support, that’s how politics works, and speaking for myself, I want Clinton to not just move left for the election, I want her to be the next FDR after she takes office.

        Because Progressive Values Are Traditional American Values, right?

      • Well, since I’m just an internet troll I guess I’ll have to say adios to all of you fine people. Enjoy the Hillary or the Trump presidency as we are not sure who will win.

        • Being strident in your views because you care strongly about something isn’t being a troll.

          Trolls intentionally try to get people angry, or to distract them from real issues.

        • Tom, it doesn’t bother me even slightly that Mr. Meanie thinks I’m an internet troll. He is not particularly receptive toward those who do not agree with him. Who cares?

          What I expect going forward is for these “realists” to hammer away at “Party Unity, Trump Must Be Stopped” and not much else. Bernie will do the best he can, but no one can unify diametrically opposed positions very easily. How do we “unify” the old establishment politics, the old political fossils like the Clintons, super delegates, the bought and paid for Congress, corporate rule, protection of the wealthy class, biased and complicit mainstream media, hawkish foreign policy, etc…WITH believing in social and economic justice, protection of the planet, concern for future generations, diplomacy before war, etc… There is no intersection.

          The people who chose Bernie Sanders want a change in leadership and still hold out hope for reforming the Democratic party, I suppose. I admire youthful optimism, I just happen to be more cynical.

          And the elephant in the room, of course, is the presumptive nominee herself. Such a terrible choice, but the DNC has rammed their party royalty down the voter’s throats and they intend to see it through. Her dismal record is out there, totally accessible, yet the die hards keep playing this “emperor is wearing no clothes” game with us. I’m just tired of it.

          So, onward to the Lesser of Two Evils general election. It is historic, in a way. Have there ever been two worse candidates at once? Not in my lifetime, that I recall and I go back to Nixon/McGovern. There is a documentary about McGovern called “One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern.” Yes, indeed, those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.

          • For the record, Liza, I have never said that you are an internet troll (this captain*arizona, on the other hand, is a regular). Once again, when you assume you make an ass out of you and .. well, just you. I cite your comment to Tom only as an example of the purity test for progressives that he was making.

          • Okay, got it. Captain Arizona is a troll and I am an ass (second time you’ve said that). Thanks for clarification.

    • A candidate who filed by the June 1 deadline cannot later file as a write-in candidate. The slate of electors for the electoral college is an entirely separate statutory requirement.

      • Thank you, AzBlueMeanie! You are a realist, unlike some here. Not only are the Greens incompetent, they and Stein are a joke.

        The whiners here would eventually become disillusioned with Bernie as they did with Obama. No one, no matter how progressive, will get anything done with the asshats we have in Congress.

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