Green Party candidate Jill Stein to campaign in Lawrence
Jill Stein, the presumptive presidential nominee of the fledgling Green Party, will campaign in Lawrence Saturday in hopes of getting her name on the ballot in Kansas for the Nov. 4 presidential election.
Stein will be at the Lawrence Public Library from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. gathering petition signatures to put her name on the ballot.
Stein is a physician and environmental activist from Massachusetts who was also the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. She received 714 votes in Kansas.
According to her campaign website, Stein’s platform calls for enacting a “Green New Deal” that would mobilize national resources on a scale similar to World War II to transition the economy toward 100 percent use of renewable energy by 2030.
She also calls for ending certain energy extraction practices such as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” tar sands, offshore drilling, natural gas pipelines and uranium mines.
Kansas does not recognize the Green Party as an official political party to be listed on Kansas ballots. Therefore, Stein is seeking to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate, which requires petition signatures from 5,000 registered voters in the state.
In order for a party to be recognized, state law requires its supporters to gather signatures from registered voters totaling 2 percent of all the votes cast in the most recent election for governor. Today, that would require 17,390 signatures.
Parties also lose official recognition if they fail to nominate a candidate for any state office, or if their nominee fails to get at least 1 percent of the vote.