Green Party Polls Enough Votes to Retain or Regain Party Status in Massachusetts and Ohio

The Green Party nominee for Ohio governor, Anita Rios, polled 3.3%. This is enough to give the Green Party qualified status for 2016 and 2018. This is the first time any minor party has polled enough votes to meet the Ohio statutory deadline for ongoing status since 1996, when the Reform Party polled over 5% for President and was thus on the 1998 ballot automatically.

The current Ohio retention law requires 2% for 2014 only, and meeting the requirement is good for four years. However, starting in 2018, the vote test is 3%, not 2%, owing to the strange wording of SB 193 passed in late 2013.

In Massachusetts, several statewide nominees polled 4%, in excess of the 3% required for party status. See GreenPartyWatch for many election returns for all parties at this link.


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Green Party Polls Enough Votes to Retain or Regain Party Status in Massachusetts and Ohio — 1 Comment

  1. Your wording of the 2nd paragraph is confusing. Current law is that enacted by SB 193.

    Previous statute was 5%, though that was enjoined by the federal courts.

    Sb 193 sets a 3% standard, but has a one-time only provision for 2014 of 2%. Presumably this was because of the lateness of the passage of SB 193.

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