MN ballot will show wrong Green Party veep candidate

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein spoke at a press conference inside First Universalist Church in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.  Evan Frost | MPR News

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be on the general election ballot in Minnesota, along with the name of someone who is not actually her vice presidential running mate.

Stein’s running mate is Ajamu Baraka. But the Minnesota ballot will show a Green Party ticket of Stein and Howie Hawkins. That’s because Green Party of Minnesota members began their petition process for ballot access well before the national party nominated its candidates. They used the name of Hawkins, a Green Party activist from New York, as a vice presidential candidate on the petition.

Green Party of Minnesota officials complained about the name issue in a news release.

“We believe the current inability to substitute our stand-in for our endorsed candidate is unfair in light of the arduous and time consuming ballot access process,” they wrote. “It is our hope that the Secretary of State Steve Simon will work with the Green Party of Minnesota to enable our stand-in vice presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins, be replaced by our official endorsed candidate Ajamu Baraka.”

Simon’s press secretary, Ryan Furlong, said there will not be any changes.

“The secretary of state’s office does not have any legal authority to substitute the name of a candidate on a petition,” Furlong said.

State law requires minor parties to collect 2,000 signatures before Aug. 23 to get ballot access.

The Socialist Workers Party and the Legal Marijuana Now party have also petitioned to have their presidential candidates on the ballot in Minnesota.

  • aa0145

    As a Democrat, Steve Simon has a vested interest in limiting third party ballot access in any way possible, something Democrats and Republicans have collaborated to restrict for decades.

    • Because it’s Steve Simon’s fault that the Greens couldn’t figure out their ticket before they started the petition process? Many states have far earlier deadlines than Minnesota does. It’s up to the party to be aware of and plan for these things.

      • X.A. Smith

        …because that’s the way the major parties want it.

    • ARCC Guy

      Are you saying an unaffiliated SoS would break the law, and that’s what you want?

  • Vintage59

    They aren’t actually a serious political party. They just want a higher platform to whine about everything in life that isn’t fair.

    • Todd Klatt

      Yes they are a serious Political party. And we don’t whine, but you sure do.

  • RandomHorizons

    What law is Steve Simon breaking by changing the name of the vice presidential candidate? What was done when Paul Wellstone was on the ballot and Walter Mondale stepped in as a substitute? What is going to happen to add Donald Trump to the ballot after the GOP had a slight misstep and getting Trump’s name on the ballot? The big question here is—does Steve Simon have the discretion to substitute the name of the vice-presidential candidate, and what has happened in the past when there have been substitutes on election day such as Wellstone/Mondale, and if Simon does have the discretion to make the substitute, why is he not doing so?

  • steinpiaz

    No big loss. Leaving Ajamu Baraka off the ticket probably improves their chances in Minnesota.

  • GOP Watch

    This really doesn’t make any sense. The Green Party had already received ballot access in several states before Ajamu was even announced as Jill Stein’s running mate. I assume Ajamu’s name will be on the ballot for all those early ballot access states. This has the stench of corruption all over it.