FAQStaff answers Frequently Asked Questions
Compiled by staff
Q. What is the status of the national Green Party?
A. Nationally, the Green Party has almost 300,000 registrants. See www.gp.org for information.
Q. Explain to me what Green voter registration means in the March 2004 primary election.
A. In primary elections, unlike general elections, the ballot you receive depends on your voter registration. In order to vote for Green candidates for partisan office (in other words, the local Green Party County Council, federal offices, or state constitutional offices, such as statewide offices or seats in the State Assembly or State Senate), you must be registered Green. Also, in order to run as a candidate for any of these offices, you must have been registered Green for a full three months before the due date to file your nomination papers, and you must not have been registered in any other party for 12 months before the due date.
Q. What if I want to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary?
A. As Jo Chamberlain (co-chair of the Green Party of the United States steering committee) says, "Many Greens are very concerned about a viable Democratic candidate being elected in the March 2004 primary. I agree that every effort needs to be made to remove Bush from office, but how can we do this without injury to the Green Party? First, consider staying Green, since the Green Party needs to grow in order to improve the political system for the future. If you are inclined to change your registration (again, not what I recommend), consider registering Decline to State on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2004. At that time we will have a good idea as to the likelihood of a progressive candidate like Dennis Kucinich receiving the Democratic nomination. Decline-to-State allows you to request a Republican or Democratic ballot. Then on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 re-register Green to send a strong message about your values, and about your non-support of the two-party system. Again, please consider staying Green."
Q. Who is running for President as a Green?
A. Please see "Presidential Candidates" by Stuart Bechman on page one.
Q. How do I contact the Greens?
A. See www.cagreens.org. Call 916/448-3437. Mail P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812. ###
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