It’s a tad easier being Green

For the first* time in recent memory (1968, if I read my history right**), voters in some Tennessee legislative districts will see a party label next to candidates’ names other than (DEM) or (REP). Over objections from attorneys for the State of Tennessee (why?), a federal judge ruled former ballot access restrictions unconstitutional, and granted the Constitution Party of Tennessee and Green Party of Tennessee ballot access.

(For reasons unknown to me, even though the Libertarian Party of Tennessee was a plaintiff in the original lawsuit that challenged ballot access laws, it did not join the other two parties in the latest round of appeals, the ruling on which granted automatic ballot access to the two plaintiffs based on their prior organizing efforts.)

The state Green Party held its convention in Nashville in May of this year and nominated several candidates for state and federal office.

Since the party chose its candidates via convention, these names won’t be on the upcoming August primary ballot, but will appear in the general election along with other parties’ nominees and independent candidates in November.

I’ll be adding the names and related info to the respective voter guide pages (or awesome new capability that replaces them) soon.

*In the 2000 election, some minor president/vice president candidate tickets were given a party label, but this was not considered full statewide ballot access for those parties.

**According to Wikipedia, the last “third” party with fully recognized ballot access in Tennessee was the American Independent Party, later named the American Party, which ran George Wallace for president in 1968. Third party access therefore literally has not been seen in my lifetime, until now. (I was born just after the November 1968 election.)

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