Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett

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For Immediate Release
November 20, 2013

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Arizona's Green Party Loses Recognized Status

PHOENIX -  One of Arizona's five recognized political parties has failed to attain the required number of registered voters to qualify for continued representation on the ballot.

Arizona's Green Party was recently notified by the Secretary of State's office it did not attain 21,499 electors to preserve continued recognition on the ballot. The Americans Elect party also failed to meet this number, however it retains new party status for next year's election cycle.

According to state law, a political party is required to have at least five percent of the total number of votes cast for governor or presidential electors. In addition, parties are entitled to continued representation on the ballot if they maintain two-thirds of one percent of the total number of registered voters.

To qualify for recognized party status, new parties must file 23,041 valid signatures with the Secretary of State by February 27, 2014.

"Political parties play an important role in our system of elections," said Secretary Bennett. "While the Green Party has fallen off the list of Arizona's recognized parties, we're told it have already begun circulating petitions seeking recognition for 2014. We look forward to its return."

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