After we left last night a fax from the ACLU rolled in announcing it would file its lawsuit on third-party ballot access this morning in federal court. This suit should get Jim Lendall on the ballot as a Green Party candidate under the same rules that applied yesterday to independent Rod Bryan. A four-way test looms, to borrow from Rotary. Note that the suit is for the Green Party in general, which labors under a higher signature deadline to qualify as a party on the ballot than an independent candidate.
UPDATE: Lendall sent us a statement, which you can read after the jump.
STATEMENT FROM JIM LENDALL:
Between 1891 and 1971, any party could get on the ballot in Arkansas, just by requesting to be on. In the 80 years with total easy ballot access, Arkansas never had more than 6 parties on the ballot.
Also independent candidates in Arkansas only needed 50 signatures (no matter what they were running for) until 1955. According to the Secretary of State's office, there has not been an independent candidate for governor on the ballot since 1940.
Over 30 years ago, I started working to re-open ballot access. In the 1970s, I filed a series of lawsuits challenging filing deadlines and petition requirements as high as 15% of the total vote for Governor.
Green Party Convention - call for candidates
The Green Party of Arkansas is inviting people to run as Green Party candidates for local, county and general assembly positions in the November election. The Green Party of Arkansas will have its nominating convention on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at the University Mall, 300 South University Ave., in Little Rock from noon to 6pm. To inquire about becoming a candidate, call or email any member of the State Executive Committee listed on the Networking Contact page of the Green Party of Arkansas website www.arkgreens.org.
Green Party of Arkansas
Candidate for Governor