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Green Party debates philosophy vs practicality issue

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:01:46 CDT
By: IPR

Illinois election officials have removed four relatively unknown presidential candidates from the ballot for not having enough signatures. They faced objections from an unlikely source. The Illinois GREEN Party normally finds itself on the receiving end of challenges to election paperwork, but some of its supporters are going on the offensive. Lawyer Andy Finko says like most Greens, he dislikes the stateís election rules, because itís hard for anyone other than Democrats or Republicans to get on the ballot. Still he came to this conclusion.

   
"It's about winning elections, basically, and if the rules allow it then we should certainly avail ourselves of those rules if we want to be a successful political party."

But Illinois Green Party chair Phil Huckleberry says the party should not be pulled into what he calls a 'bogus' ballot system.

   
"I don't think it's good for us to engage the challenge system that much. That is a matter of debate within the party."

The Greens collected enough signatures to get THEIR presidential candidate on the ballot. She will be listed along with the Libertarian nominee, and the Democrat and Republican.

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