So many factors are at play in Elections
Remember it isn't all about the Presidential race!
Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are your candidates I can vote for in November?
- Can I vote for Greens in November if I voted in a primary of another Party?
- How to strategically help the Green Party get 5% for ballot access in 2018
- Got any videos of candidates?
- Things to know about Winning and Ballot Access
- What Id do I have to have to Vote?
Because of the "straight party" option on Texas ballots, getting 5% is no easy feat, especially when there is both a D and a R in the race. In fact it hasn't happened in 30years.
But you can help us skew these results by voting for Green candidates in statewide offices regardless of how you vote elsewhere.
We know many people ride the fence between Greens and Democrats, but this year, no candidate for statewide office on the Dem Ticket is "progressive" nor anti-establishment. In fact, the Dems helped change the state laws so they could easily run a full slate of Statewide Judicial candidates this year solely for the purpose of trying to kick us off the ballot like they did in 2002*.
Your votes for Green statewide candidates will help us secures 5% so that candidates up and down the ballot can run for office as Greens in 2018.
All of our judicial candidates are worth your vote, and our Railroad Commissioner candidate is not a pawn of the energy industry that controls the commission currently.
So regardless of how you vote, whether for individuals or straight-party, or who you vote for in other races, we hope you will help preserve the right of the Green Party to be on the ballot in Texas for the 2018 election.
*Note this also applies to the Libertarian Party
Here are some:
Martina Salinas – Listen to the Voice of the People
Martina Salinas – Texas Can Be a Renewable Energy Leader
Rodolfo Rivera Munoz – Indian Nations Left Out in 1776
Ashely “Flashe” Gordon 1 – Pushed Out of East Austin by Gentrification
Ashely “Flashe” Gordon 2 – Stop School to Prison Pipeline
Debbie Russell – Stop School to Prison Pipeline
Vanessa Tijerina – We Are in a Revolution and Votes Are Our Muskets
Vanessa Tijerina 2 – Students Included Me in Debates
Vanessa Tijerina 3 – From Bernie to the Green Party
Travis Christal – Greens Win Debates
Gary Stuard – Global Warming Must Be Our First Priority
Kevin McCormick 1 – Real Cost of Fracking
Kevin McCormick 2 – The Time Is Now for Positive Change
A "win" is relative. In Texas, in order for people to run for any partisan race: Justice of the Peace and other county level offices, state legislature, statewide office like Supreme Court, Criminal Court of Appeals, all the way up to Governor and President, a party has to have ballot access. Obtaining ballot access is no easy feat. TX is the fifth most difficult ballot line.
The easiest way is to maintain ballot access once a party obtains it as we did again in 2010. Parties do this by running statewide candidates. Therefore, a "win" is 5% in any statewide race. See: "How to strategically help the Green Party get 5% for ballot access in 2018".
If a party doesn't get 5% in a statewide race, then two years later, they must spend ~$200,000 to collect signatures of registered voters who didn't vote in a primary, or sign the petition of another party, in 75 days - one must collect about 50% more signatures than are required to account for people who have been removed from rolls, or never had their registrations entered by the DMV (a big problem in TX), or never actually registered, but say they are. So it amounts to approximately 75,000 signatures in 75 days. That's 1000 signatures a day.
The hurdles to running for Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, Tax Assessor, State Legislature, etc. should not be this high.
Independent candidates also have high hurdles, and in some cases it is even easier to get a party on the ballot than an Independent, e.g. President.
So if you have great Green local candidates in your area, we hope you will elect them and vote for Statewide candidates so they have the opportunity to run for reelection, and others like them can run at all.
There was a court ruling on TX voter ID law, so what do I need to take with me to vote this year?
If you are not able to get one of the seven forms of approved photo ID listed below, you can vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why you are unable to get one of the forms of approved ID, and (2) providing one of these forms of supporting documentation:
- certified birth certificate (must be an original from the county; hospital certificates are not accepted),
- valid voter registration certificate
- copy or original of one of the following:
- current utility bill,
- bank statement,
- government check,
- or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter,
- original required if it contains a photograph.
After presenting ONE of these supporting documents, you must fill out and sign a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration" - the Election workers SHOULD give you one automatically, but if they don't, make sure you go through the trouble to get one or your vote will be discarded and not counted. If you have an excuse, like "I forgot" they will also discard your vote, you must have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to getting a PhotoID, like not having resources to buy one, etc.
If you encounter any problems with this process, you have the right to speak to the Election Judge. If that person does not follow these rules and provide the proper documentation, please get their full name and a photo of their id, and the name of their supervisor. This will allow you to file a formal complaint that we have a volunteer to help you with. Contact us at 512.551.0310 from the polling station.
Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS (see below)
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
The identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before the day you vote (2012). the only exception is the U.S. citizenship certificate, which shouldn't have an expiration date.