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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
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Green Party joins state’s recognized parties

Greens submit sufficient petition signatures; candidates eligible for 2010 ballot

PHOENIX – The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that the Arizona Green Party has filed enough petition signatures to be recognized by the state as a political party.

As such, the Arizona Green Party will be represented by an official party ballot at the next primary election, Aug. 24, 2010. Green Party candidates also will be eligible to qualify for the general election ballot on Nov. 2, 2010.

“Voter choice is at the heart of our democracy,” said Secretary of State Ken Bennett. “I applaud the Arizona Green Party for its hard work in getting the party and its candidates recognized in time for this year’s elections.”

To qualify for recognized party status, the Green Party filed signature petitions with each of the state’s 15 counties. County recorders verified those signatures, 24,020 of which were found to be valid and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday. In order to qualify as a recognized political party in this state, the Green Party was required to file at least 20,449 valid signatures from Arizona voters, as well as the affidavits of 10 registered Arizona voters requesting that the Green Party be recognized.

The Green Party joins the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties as recognized political parties in Arizona.

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