The Covid-19 crisis continues to unravel and put a heavy strain on our society, critical medical care system and overall resources. On March 19th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 105, allowing for Democratic and Republican Parties to submit their petitions online, in addition to in person, and the Secretary of State to create an online form that allows voters to submit their signatures on petitions electronically.
The Green Party is a political party seeking ballot access for races this November. We are facing the same dilemmas the two mainstream parties faced recently with regards to collecting ballot petitions and signatures. We have two candidates Madelyn Hoffman- Hoffman For Senate and Craig Cayetano- Cayetano4council Hawthorne Ward 3 that are campaigning for the general election on November 2nd, and will be petitioning for our presidential candidate.
We have reached out to and have support from the Libertarian Party of NJ, the Socialist Party of New Jersey, the Green Party US Steering Committee and even Democratic Party candidates running this year. We have drafted a letter to send to Governor Murphy and NJ Secretary of State Tahesha Way Esq. In fairness, we request the same rule changes afforded to the two major political parties to protect the health and safety of petition gatherers and petition signers be applied to all independent candidates running for political office in 2020. We ask that this be announced now:
Set up for independent candidates the same protocol for filing electronically that was established for the Democrats and Republicans for the rest of the campaigns that will take place this year, including the presidential race.
Craig Cayetano, State Co-Chair said, “This battle isn’t just in New Jersey. Greens across the country are facing a stone-wall on this critical issue. We want equal and fair consideration for all parties and Independents especially during this pandemic. We have to work 2-3 times as hard to get signatures and are losing out on our main pathway which is door-to-door. For the safety of our signature gatherers, candidates and the populace I hope each state, especially New Jersey comes around on this immediately!”
Madelyn Hoffman, NJ Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020 who garnered 25,150 votes in 2018 and came in third in that U.S. Senate race added, “All too often, those outside the two mainstream political parties get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to applying principles of democracy. I urge Governor Murphy to address the issue of independent political parties in the same way he addressed the difficulties and obstacles faced by Democrats and Republicans during these uncertain and potentially dangerous times. It is impossible for the Greens to safely gather the signatures needed to be placed on the ballot, either by going door-to-door or at large events or gatherings.We had to shut down that part of our campaign weeks ago. For our health and the health of people who would sign our petition, and to allow us to compete on at least a somewhat level playing field, we ask that you do the right and the fair thing — allow all independent candidates to file their signatures electronically.”
Governor Phil Murphy
125 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Tahesha Way, Esq.
New Jersey Secretary of State
Dear Governor Murphy and Tahesha Way, Esq.:
We are writing to you as independent political parties and candidates because recently
you wisely revised regulations and provisions for submitting petition signatures to qualify
for the June 2nd primaries. The environment we are all currently living under makes it
impossible for electoral campaigns to collect signatures in the usual way.
We believe it was proper to change the rules for Democratic Party and Republican Party
candidates for office in the June 2nd primary in order to safeguard the health of those
petitioning and those signing the petitions. While we are pleased that you are allowing
voters and candidates to collect signatures electronically, you left out a whole group of
candidates – those from independent political parties.
We believe that during this crisis, independent political parties should not be treated as
second class citizens in preparation for the November elections. Instead of waiting
until the current shut down provisions have been lifted, we ask that your office change
the rules for independent candidates now and afford us the same privileges.
In fairness, we request the same rule changes to protect the health and safety of our
petition gatherers and petition signers for all independent candidates running for political
office in 2020. We ask that this be announced now:
Set up for independent candidates the same protocol for filing electronically that
was established for the Democrats and Republicans for the rest of the campaigns
that will take place this year, including the presidential race.
In a state and country that is supposed to value inclusion and democracy, this is the
least your office can do. Thank you!
Green Party of New Jersey
Green Party of New Jersey Candidates:
Madelyn Hoffman- Hoffman for Senate 2020, US Senate NJ
Craig Cayetano- Cayetano4Council, Green Party Candidate, Hawthorne Council Ward
Green Party of the United States Steering Committee:
Anita Rios, co-chair Ohio
Gloria Mattera, co-chair New York
Justin Beth, co-chair Maine
Kristin Combs, co-chair Pennsylvani
Margaret Flowers, co-chair Maryland
Tony Ndege,co-chair North Carolina
Trahern Crews, co-chair Minnesota
Green Party of the United States- Recognized Presidential Nomination Candidates
Howie Hawkins for President 2020, Green Party and Socialist Party
Dario Hunter for President 2020, Green Party
David Rolde for President 2020, Green Party
Socialist Party of New Jersey
New Jersey Libertarian Party
Murray Sabrin-NJ Libertarian Party, Candidate for US Senate 2018
Gregg Mele, Esq.-NJ Libertarian Party, Candidate for Somerset County Surrogate
Daniel A. Krause, Chair-NJ Libertarian Party
Amy Mason, Chair, Central Jersey Libertarian Party
Herb Tarbous- Former Independent Candidate for US Congress
2020 Democratic Candidate for Middlesex County Clerk