Connecticut Representative Timothy Bowles (D-Preston) has introduced HB 6098, to lower the statewide minor party and independent candidate petition from 7,500 signatures to 5,000 signatures. The Green Party is responsible for the existence of this bill.
The Green Party tried and failed to get its presidential nominees on the Connecticut ballot in both 2008 and 2012; also the Libertarians failed to get on for President in 2008. Connecticut petitioning, like petitioning in all the New England states, is more difficult than petitioning in other parts of the country, because the signatures must first be taken to the town clerks for checking and then collected and submitted to the state. Therefore, the existing 7,500 requirement is more difficult than it appears. Thanks to Ken Krayeske for this news.