Green Party presidential candidate not to appear on the ballot

Arizona Green Party misses deadline to file presidential electors

For Immediate Release
June 7, 2016


Matt Roberts, Director of Communications 
Phone: (602) 542-2228
[email protected]

State law requires that in order for the presidential nominee to appear on the ballot, the 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.  Consequently, their nominee will not appear on the General Election Ballot.

“In consultation with the Attorney General’s office we could not identify any statutory authority to waive that deadline or accept late nomination papers,” said Secretary Reagan.  “The only remedy seems to be through the courts where a judge could direct our office to print the name of the Green Party nominee 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.