FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thousands of signatures submitted for placing Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein on Nebraska’s ballot
Lincoln, Nebraska – August 3, 2016
As the U.S. Green Party gathers in Houston, Texas, for its presidential nominating convention, the Nebraska Green Party took a major step toward placing presumptive nominee Dr. Jill Stein on Nebraska’s ballot this November.
On Aug. 1, Nebraska Greens submitted 7,656 signatures to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office seeking ballot access for Dr. Stein. The petition seeks to place her on the Nebraska ballot as a nonpartisan candidate, a measure requiring 2,500 signatures.
“We are excited that Nebraska voters may soon have another choice – a progressive choice – for president this November,” said Mark Zimmermann, Treasurer of the Nebraska Green Party. “We encourage people who had hoped to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders to consider Dr. Jill Stein. Her proposals and Bernie’s have a lot in common.”
The Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office will now review the signatures to verify that signers are registered to vote in Nebraska and that they signed forms for their county of residence. The process is expected to take until Aug. 10. While it’s common for a significant number of signatures to be invalidated, Green Party organizers are confident that they have collected far more than necessary to qualify Stein for the fall ballot. Aug. 1 was the filing deadline for the petition.
Dr. Jill Stein is a practicing physician, a community organizer, mother, and environmental-health advocate. She is currently the U.S. Green Party’s presumptive nominee; her official nomination is anticipated at the party’s national convention, which begins this Thursday, Aug. 4, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Stein also ran as the Green candidate in 2012, earning more votes than any previous woman candidate for president.
Voters can learn more about Dr. Stein and her presidential campaign at www.jill2016.com.
The Nebraska Green Party organizes citizens in support of progressive causes and fights for broader access to the ballot. The party has fielded candidates in several elections, including in 2004 Steve Larrick (U.S. House District 1), Dante Salvatierra (District 2), and Roy Guisinger (District 3), in 2006 Doug Paterson for Secretary of State, and in 2008 Larrick for U.S. Senate.
Dr. Jill Stein, the U.S. Green Party, and the Nebraska Green Party are committed to 10 Key Values, centered on grassroots democracy, local decision-making, equality, environmental wisdom, and social justice. Voters can read more about the Nebraska Green Party and its values at www.nebraskagreens.org.
Nebraska Green Party Contact Information:
- Mark Zimmermann, markalanzimmermann at gmail.com
- Steve Larrick slarrick1 at msn.com