by Steven Gilbert | August 9th, 2012
By state law, the Democrats’ Obama-Biden ticket and the Republicans’ Romney ticket will be given automatic ballot slots here after their conventions, and six additional minor-party tickets have been certified. The state Elections Division recently checked petition signatures submitted for six additional tickets and all qualified for the fall ballot.
Mail ballots will go out by Oct. 19 — earlier for military and overseas voters. Ballots may be voted and returned as soon as the voter wishes, with a postmark or dropbox deadline of Nov. 6.
It’s fairly easy for minor parties to get their presidential tickets on the Washington ballot. Organizers need to hold a nominating convention or conventions in Washington during the timeline designated in state law. Each convention must be attended by at least 100 Washington registered voters, with the political organization or independent candidate collecting valid signatures of at least 1,000 registered voters from Washington.
The petition signatures, along with a certificate of nomination, are filed with the Secretary of State’s office where our Elections Division checks to make sure there are enough valid signatures. This year’s deadline for minor-party candidates to submit their paperwork and petitions was Aug. 3.
The Constitution and Green parties were the last of the tickets to qualify, and none was disqualified. All parties submitted a full list of electors. Here’s the full list of minor party candidates and their running mates:
Pres: Gary Johnson PO Box 1858, El Prado, NM 87529
Vice: James P. Gray 2531 Crestview Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Pres: Virgil Goode 90 E Church St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Vice: James N. Clymer 301 Letort R, Millersville, PA 17551
Pres: Jill Stein 17 Trotting Horse Dr, Lovington, MA 02421
Vice: Cheri Honkala 1928 Mutter St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Socialism & Liberation Party
Pres: Peta Lindsay 123 – 1/2 S Edgemont St, Los Angeles, CA
Vice: Yari Osorio 43-15 54th St Apt 1F, Woodside, NY
Socialist Workers Party
Pres: James Harris 3024 S Kenwood Ave #3, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Vice: Alyson Kennedy 2229 W 23rd Pl, Chicago, IL 60608
Pres: Ross C. (Rocky) Anderson 418 Douglass St, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Vice: Luis J. Rodriguez 716 Orange Grove Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340