Court allows AZSOS to accept Green Party presidential electors

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016


Matt Roberts, Director of Communications 
Phone: (602) 542-2228

State law requires that in order for the presidential nominee to appear on the ballot, the state party chairman must submit its presidential electors’ nomination papers to the Secretary of State’s office at least 90 days before the primary election.  Arizona’s Green Party failed to submit its presidential electors’ by the June 1st deadline.

Today, a federal court judge has granted a motion allowing Secretary Reagan to accept Green Party electors after the deadline and place Jill Stein's name on the general election ballot.

"Over the last few weeks we've been working with the Green Party to find a solution," said Secretary Reagan.  "As we said from the start, we could not find any statutory authority to waive that deadline.  We now can move forward and accept their electors and place their presidential candidate on the ballot."

The President of the United States is selected by presidential electors through the Electoral College.  The Electoral College is the body that formally casts votes for the president and vice president.  The only way for any presidential candidate to be represented on the general election ballot is through those presidential electors.   The meeting of the electors takes place on the December 19, 2016.

The General Election will be held on November 8, 2016 with early voting beginning October 12th.