$րEq4bĹOBkbȊ#T B+ c~Ș)BI1b%cQf'$av |i{93cϱB.x//IO=,sDq@]K6 mـknIȉ\ֺU#o y(+Fc{䌺NC櫫#CMD",WB#zQׅ qBvgJEļҥU }eH:| 4@H,Gd1lb̅( 6: >}vR<ˏԪ*:~ iG|xEā!E5uŠY} zsmV=?w]r)fI'$_O ʏg` 4ijt؍aAyj9B3 g4u -e+D+ULQ߱XG'gձYl=\ )ӝmXce$6mJG {LelA$gFL? Y}70rnHCebLLFBlﳊ7FE/h=ȿͭXƗ.hphəNt@k/^Dz, Yxlb[oBV pmj 'Lsl>*ƾQ3|Q7eŁF y[ /H20p5rOj[HTEɃ>nJwB;D2D>qW|~>/1s|S!m"mmϭ!uwf@ԵisQ}M06mmkW{;(77v&K ȦN睏˩×'Ƨ\x#~|M>A{hv-Dr!aoϝvz93@E? Pp?V>D\ cF#+@n9F vJ=ľH)YsY.1T>mkPU&=Vһ`P(5M.ea撌iqAjf/T)5t`;EdOYvKEe0ޞ\W%۹`:fYof%mx~˵ܚ6F'˨ gX<[.2R=%bPx 3MLFښ>M =jzyi*Qӳ eP̹}RO hOeZD&\>`ML?C/yb >}Rhm o|^T—gtFjpl@ÃђBc @ヸ? x̅RMR|y_Ja#*cc;C؝ J`ʱ8㠔/e[c"ףAyvt=#h YV3V1 6d["rf VYuLllڨ"FlS<BESIS- vh`ah r&v] <|NbQHڋR\R67`NI@yL逶uDYFq9w==@WMx:Ռ4gWF}?xG]Ȗwq#>}?#?ñrH:Ԛ&TÄI'N 6 hW &/;N?/جM޷&n:l &ݛ@L? h%^LBMB.{"5`Oh2ȣ{ɃNN-O;h?}#N l cpmdZ& iVNEL_|07f˥B'y.V|ryl .@xPz EDܣ!jTqcM;C :hR- 'E:ZS"9 $mq+OG`TkJ) Sb]שV@5B(EHNx |I>'áXBO4":[[f"RFoK*L=6(k:Diځ7:BM#Y䗎1 p&09* 0ֺ ٹefc7=sӨ.rCeA+]'KDugo}hK^eToH}wO2,ݞEva:-rY:5e6eN;\vFlJouc_ ly .LXέ5k`t=L\~ N 1 @.KODg8VH:OۤJݹƲ owW0esZˬ//`Y!سXTb$27`)sY+w֦(It xurS1pK]f\g`~ҶZLUJk}]+"GM5M Ex_345iuK?N.eȞ%qZ `WBȱYFܢKmT͕Ip2.#x5\0ӷ4 B9MQl$0^"A±)Gvgwo=d"% XϒZikk:]_r,Dog}nתu$n,vsZAͧzs`B2߳+jgވϠUln~RKטa vg쬥O:jDzw /=6lLF]$p&61Oް (qzY/#cb]. .n<9gc*̮¸XKuJ3{~zZzq5[voV_zw>f齙L 8Z7e݂(,l92mcmĶ8ӋWo.%mG0t]@~RtvJW•u) #NEZ[h}UC-ԊTyNBpNJWa(fH?ϰ To&{UdMjW縯g\vVKr ZS[ M_xtc#5w H^ rC8̀3 mQZ 2+ tu)/SٲY u fE*5< -wB@aF-K}Oi(Y; y A:&rXhXHf܅"vۉ:Hbl ?cDdc2r璟';iL8U WFEh=4Q_ٴ ;$)ɒw=@DҠAb]t-;`` TB񗇯wFu׵qΛ]WV_Tk*(c[TQ4 FTu@{DP܅?c2wWZњ+.JUB Ð/&@@a([b<ꃹԇf2-Ų:zD@E2{ă\H "[H5x8$]jc=oP#Zm]v?P郢,M": I׊" PYL/H*#*:rUelD>hLF 60vJ$hwEptid/V,C$Ζ*}oQpeA_GdG=+h` ѦE=?m/ Y|>d lp,WoBTgdZpȾ K^e)YÀ; r*+fc IICEA H41sqfsԻ2 $J*EY ή%P9H|qXQV.YVOLH^~IWLT˟ vM % JQ7D%b? , %>(-sjK7Е"k?éu$֫닋Krur}IN޾y 9"GI=9̷P o97j#?ds"ƞ^owgx¥]T $րEq4bĹOBkbȊ#T B+ c~Ș)BI1b%cQf'$av |i{93cϱB.x//IO=,sDq@]K6 mـknIȉ\ֺU#o y(+Fc{䌺NC櫫#CMD",WB#zQׅ qBvgJEļҥU }eH:| 4@H,Gd1lb̅( 6: >}vR<ˏԪ*:~ iG|xEā!E5uŠY} zsmV=?w]r)fI'$_O ʏg` 4ijt؍aAyj9B3 g4u -e+D+ULQ߱XG'gձYl=\ )ӝmXce$6mJG {LelA$gFL? Y}70rnHCebLLFBlﳊ7FE/h=ȿͭXƗ.hphəNt@k/^Dz, Yxlb[oBV pmj 'Lsl>*ƾQ3|Q7eŁF y[ /H20p5rOj[HTEɃ>nJwB;D2D>qW|~>/1s|S!m"mmϭ!uwf@ԵisQ}M06mmkW{;(77v&K ȦN睏˩×'Ƨ\x#~|M>A{hv-Dr!aoϝvz93@E? Pp?V>D\ cF#+@n9F vJ=ľH)YsY.1T>mkPU&=Vһ`P(5M.ea撌iqAjf/T)5t`;EdOYvKEe0ޞ\W%۹`:fYof%mx~˵ܚ6F'˨ gX<[.2R=%bPx 3MLFښ>M =jzyi*Qӳ eP̹}RO hOeZD&\>`ML?C/yb >}Rhm o|^T—gtFjpl@ÃђBc @ヸ? x̅RMR|y_Ja#*cc;C؝ J`ʱ8㠔/e[c"ףAyvt=#h YV3V1 6d["rf VYuLllڨ"FlS<BESIS- vh`ah r&v] <|NbQHڋR\R67`NI@yL逶uDYFq9w==@WMx:Ռ4gWF}?xG]Ȗwq#>}?#?ñrH:Ԛ&TÄI'N 6 hW &/;N?/جM޷&n:l &ݛ@L? h%^LBMB.{"5`Oh2ȣ{ɃNN-O;h?}#N l cpmdZ& iVNEL_|07f˥B'y.V|ryl .@xPz EDܣ!jTqcM;C :hR- 'E:ZS"9 $mq+OG`TkJ) Sb]שV@5B(EHNx |I>'áXBO4":[[f"RFoK*L=6(k:Diځ7:BM#Y䗎1 p&09* 0ֺ ٹefc7=sӨ.rCeA+]'KDugo}hK^eToH}wO2,ݞEva:-rY:5e6eN;\vFlJouc_ ly .LXέ5k`t=L\~ N 1 @.KODg8VH:OۤJݹƲ owW0esZˬ//`Y!سXTb$27`)sY+w֦(It xurS1pK]f\g`~ҶZLUJk}]+"GM5M Ex_345iuK?N.eȞ%qZ `WBȱYFܢKmT͕Ip2.#x5\0ӷ4 B9MQl$0^"A±)Gvgwo=d"% XϒZikk:]_r,Dog}nתu$n,vsZAͧzs`B2߳+jgވϠUln~RKטa vg쬥O:jDzw /=6lLF]$p&61Oް (qzY/#cb]. .n<9gc*̮¸XKuJ3{~zZzq5[voV_zw>f齙L 8Z7e݂(,l92mcmĶ8ӋWo.%mG0t]@~RtvJW•u) #NEZ[h}UC-ԊTyNBpNJWa(fH?ϰ To&{UdMjW縯g\vVKr ZS[ M_xtc#5w H^ rC8̀3 mQZ 2+ tu)/SٲY u fE*5< -wB@aF-K}Oi(Y; y A:&rXhXHf܅"vۉ:Hbl ?cDdc2r璟';iL8U WFEh=4Q_ٴ ;$)ɒw=@DҠAb]t-;`` TB񗇯wFu׵qΛ]WV_Tk*(c[TQ4 FTu@{DP܅?c2wWZњ+.JUB Ð/&@@a([b<ꃹԇf2-Ų:zD@E2{ă\H "[H5x8$]jc=oP#Zm]v?P郢,M": I׊" PYL/H*#*:rUelD>hLF 60vJ$hwEptid/V,C$Ζ*}oQpeA_GdG=+h` ѦE=?m/ Y|>d lp,WoBTgdZpȾ K^e)YÀ; r*+fc IICEA H41sqfsԻ2 $J*EY ή%P9H|qXQV.YVOLH^~IWLT˟ vM % JQ7D%b? , %>(-sjK7Е"k?éu$֫닋Krur}IN޾y 9"GI=9̷P o97j#?ds"ƞ^owgx¥]T$րEq4bĹOBkbȊ#T B+ c~Ș)BI1b%cQf'$av |i{93cϱB.x//IO=,sDq@]K6 mـknIȉ\ֺU#o y(+Fc{䌺NC櫫#CMD",WB#zQׅ qBvgJEļҥU }eH:| 4@H,Gd1lb̅( 6: >}vR<ˏԪ*:~ iG|xEā!E5uŠY} zsmV=?w]r)fI'$_O ʏg` 4ijt؍aAyj9B3 g4u -e+D+ULQ߱XG'gձYl=\ )ӝmXce$6mJG {LelA$gFL? Y}70rnHCebLLFBlﳊ7FE/h=ȿͭXƗ.hphəNt@k/^Dz, Yxlb[oBV pmj 'Lsl>*ƾQ3|Q7eŁF y[ /H20p5rOj[HTEɃ>nJwB;D2D>qW|~>/1s|S!m"mmϭ!uwf@ԵisQ}M06mmkW{;(77v&K ȦN睏˩×'Ƨ\x#~|M>A{hv-Dr!aoϝvz93@E? Pp?V>D\ cF#+@n9F vJ=ľH)YsY.1T>mkPU&=Vһ`P(5M.ea撌iqAjf/T)5t`;EdOYvKEe0ޞ\W%۹`:fYof%mx~˵ܚ6F'˨ gX<[.2R=%bPx 3MLFښ>M =jzyi*Qӳ eP̹}RO hOeZD&\>`ML?C/yb >}Rhm o|^T—gtFjpl@ÃђBc @ヸ? x̅RMR|y_Ja#*cc;C؝ J`ʱ8㠔/e[c"ףAyvt=#h YV3V1 6d["rf VYuLllڨ"FlS<BESIS- vh`ah r&v] <|NbQHڋR\R67`NI@yL逶uDYFq9w==@WMx:Ռ4gWF}?xG]Ȗwq#>}?#?ñrH:Ԛ&TÄI'N 6 hW &/;N?/جM޷&n:l &ݛ@L? h%^LBMB.{"5`Oh2ȣ{ɃNN-O;h?}#N l cpmdZ& iVNEL_|07f˥B'y.V|ryl .@xPz EDܣ!jTqcM;C :hR- 'E:ZS"9 $mq+OG`TkJ) Sb]שV@5B(EHNx |I>'áXBO4":[[f"RFoK*L=6(k:Diځ7:BM#Y䗎1 p&09* 0ֺ ٹefc7=sӨ.rCeA+]'KDugo}hK^eToH}wO2,ݞEva:-rY:5e6eN;\vFlJouc_ ly .LXέ5k`t=L\~ N 1 @.KODg8VH:OۤJݹƲ owW0esZˬ//`Y!سXTb$27`)sY+w֦(It xurS1pK]f\g`~ҶZLUJk}]+"GM5M Ex_345iuK?N.eȞ%qZ `WBȱYFܢKmT͕Ip2.#x5\0ӷ4 B9MQl$0^"A±)Gvgwo=d"% XϒZikk:]_r,Dog}nתu$n,vsZAͧzs`B2߳+jgވϠUln~RKטa vg쬥O:jDzw /=6lLF]$p&61Oް (qzY/#cb]. .n<9gc*̮¸XKuJ3{~zZzq5[voV_zw>f齙L 8Z7e݂(,l92mcmĶ8ӋWo.%mG0t]@~RtvJW•u) #NEZ[h}UC-ԊTyNBpNJWa(fH?ϰ To&{UdMjW縯g\vVKr ZS[ M_xtc#5w H^ rC8̀3 mQZ 2+ tu)/SٲY u fE*5< -wB@aF-K}Oi(Y; y A:&rXhXHf܅"vۉ:Hbl ?cDdc2r璟';iL8U WFEh=4Q_ٴ ;$)ɒw=@DҠAb]t-;`` TB񗇯wFu׵qΛ]WV_Tk*(c[TQ4 FTu@{DP܅?c2wWZњ+.JUB Ð/&@@a([b<ꃹԇf2-Ų:zD@E2{ă\H "[H5x8$]jc=oP#Zm]v?P郢,M": I׊" PYL/H*#*:rUelD>hLF 60vJ$hwEptid/V,C$Ζ*}oQpeA_GdG=+h` ѦE=?m/ Y|>d lp,WoBTgdZpȾ K^e)YÀ; r*+fc IICEA H41sqfsԻ2 $J*EY ή%P9H|qXQV.YVOLH^~IWLT˟ vM % JQ7D%b? , %>(-sjK7Е"k?éu$֫닋Krur}IN޾y 9"GI=9̷P o97j#?ds"ƞ^owgx¥]T

Greens fighting to be heard in Special Election Assembly race; New rules meant to keep Green Party candidates off ballot

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS RELEASE

SACRAMENTO (Jan 26, 2011) - A potential Green Party candidate in an Assembly special election said today he is considering a lawsuit after he and at least one other potential candidate were prevented from running in the election because there was an extremely short time period - only two days after Gov. Brown declared the special election - and a unusually large number of signatures needed to qualify.

Gary Blenner, a registered Green Party member, former Center Unified School District board trustee and teacher at Rio Americano High School, said the time limits made it impossible for him to run for the seat as planned.

He said he and other rejected candidates are considering a lawsuit.

"It was barely 48 hours from the time Gov. Brown called the Special Election until the time signatures were due. When I inquired about filing my candidacy the next day, I was told the only way to file was by paying an outrageously high filing fee," said Blenner.

"There was no way anyone without a huge campaign war chest can participate in our so-called democracy under these conditions. It severely limits the choices for voters," he added.

Election law expert Richard Winger of Ballot Access News confirmed that nine federal courts have ruled, during the last 30 years, that states cannot force candidates to complete ballot access petitions in tiny amounts of time.

Further, he said, smaller parties previously have had to only collect a maximum of 150 signatures, not 1,500 under new rules.

"California elections officials have been careless and inconsiderate of the rights of candidates and voters by assuming they can force candidates in special elections to complete hefty petitions for themselves in less than a week," said Winger.

Daniel Frederick, Peace and Freedom Party nominee for State Assembly from District 4 in 2010, also said he was turned down when he tried to run because he could not collect the 1,500 signatures.

-30-

Contacts:
Cres Vellucci, Press Secretary, 916.996.9170,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437
Web: http://www.cagreens.org
EMail:

$րEq4bĹOBkbȊ#T B+ c~Ș)BI1b%cQf'$av |i{93cϱB.x//IO=,sDq@]K6 mـknIȉ\ֺU#o y(+Fc{䌺NC櫫#CMD",WB#zQׅ qBvgJEļҥU }eH:| 4@H,Gd1lb̅( 6: >}vR<ˏԪ*:~ iG|xEā!E5uŠY} zsmV=?w]r)fI'$_O ʏg` 4ijt؍aAyj9B3 g4u -e+D+ULQ߱XG'gձYl=\ )ӝmXce$6mJG {LelA$gFL? Y}70rnHCebLLFBlﳊ7FE/h=ȿͭXƗ.hphəNt@k/^Dz, Yxlb[oBV pmj 'Lsl>*ƾQ3|Q7eŁF y[ /H20p5rOj[HTEɃ>nJwB;D2D>qW|~>/1s|S!m"mmϭ!uwf@ԵisQ}M06mmkW{;(77v&K ȦN睏˩×'Ƨ\x#~|M>A{hv-Dr!aoϝvz93@E? Pp?V>D\ cF#+@n9F vJ=ľH)YsY.1T>mkPU&=Vһ`P(5M.ea撌iqAjf/T)5t`;EdOYvKEe0ޞ\W%۹`:fYof%mx~˵ܚ6F'˨ gX<[.2R=%bPx 3MLFښ>M =jzyi*Qӳ eP̹}RO hOeZD&\>`ML?C/yb >}Rhm o|^T—gtFjpl@ÃђBc @ヸ? x̅RMR|y_Ja#*cc;C؝ J`ʱ8㠔/e[c"ףAyvt=#h YV3V1 6d["rf VYuLllڨ"FlS<BESIS- vh`ah r&v] <|NbQHڋR\R67`NI@yL逶uDYFq9w==@WMx:Ռ4gWF}?xG]Ȗwq#>}?#?ñrH:Ԛ&TÄI'N 6 hW &/;N?/جM޷&n:l &ݛ@L? h%^LBMB.{"5`Oh2ȣ{ɃNN-O;h?}#N l cpmdZ& iVNEL_|07f˥B'y.V|ryl .@xPz EDܣ!jTqcM;C :hR- 'E:ZS"9 $mq+OG`TkJ) Sb]שV@5B(EHNx |I>'áXBO4":[[f"RFoK*L=6(k:Diځ7:BM#Y䗎1 p&09* 0ֺ ٹefc7=sӨ.rCeA+]'KDugo}hK^eToH}wO2,ݞEva:-rY:5e6eN;\vFlJouc_ ly .LXέ5k`t=L\~ N 1 @.KODg8VH:OۤJݹƲ owW0esZˬ//`Y!سXTb$27`)sY+w֦(It xurS1pK]f\g`~ҶZLUJk}]+"GM5M Ex_345iuK?N.eȞ%qZ `WBȱYFܢKmT͕Ip2.#x5\0ӷ4 B9MQl$0^"A±)Gvgwo=d"% XϒZikk:]_r,Dog}nתu$n,vsZAͧzs`B2߳+jgވϠUln~RKטa vg쬥O:jDzw /=6lLF]$p&61Oް (qzY/#cb]. .n<9gc*̮¸XKuJ3{~zZzq5[voV_zw>f齙L 8Z7e݂(,l92mcmĶ8ӋWo.%mG0t]@~RtvJW•u) #NEZ[h}UC-ԊTyNBpNJWa(fH?ϰ To&{UdMjW縯g\vVKr ZS[ M_xtc#5w H^ rC8̀3 mQZ 2+ tu)/SٲY u fE*5< -wB@aF-K}Oi(Y; y A:&rXhXHf܅"vۉ:Hbl ?cDdc2r璟';iL8U WFEh=4Q_ٴ ;$)ɒw=@DҠAb]t-;`` TB񗇯wFu׵qΛ]WV_Tk*(c[TQ4 FTu@{DP܅?c2wWZњ+.JUB Ð/&@@a([b<ꃹԇf2-Ų:zD@E2{ă\H "[H5x8$]jc=oP#Zm]v?P郢,M": I׊" PYL/H*#*:rUelD>hLF 60vJ$hwEptid/V,C$Ζ*}oQpeA_GdG=+h` ѦE=?m/ Y|>d lp,WoBTgdZpȾ K^e)YÀ; r*+fc IICEA H41sqfsԻ2 $J*EY ή%P9H|qXQV.YVOLH^~IWLT˟ vM % JQ7D%b? , %>(-sjK7Е"k?éu$֫닋Krur}IN޾y 9"GI=9̷P o97j#?ds"ƞ^owgx¥]T