Stein makes presidential ballot in Kansas
Topeka — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has earned a spot on the presidential ballot in Kansas, although she will be listed as an independent candidate.
The Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed Tuesday that the Stein campaign submitted enough valid petition signatures to be listed as an independent. She will be one of four candidates listed on the ballot, along with Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republican Donald J. Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. Kansas does not currently recognize the Green Party as an official party to be listed on state ballots.
To be recognized as a party, political organizations must gather petition signatures from registered voters in a number equal to at least 2 percent of all the votes cast in the last gubernatorial general election.
After that, parties can lose their status if none of their candidates for a statewide office receives at least 1 percent of the vote in a general election or if they fail to nominate at least one candidate for a statewide office.
But candidates can run as independents if they submit petitions with signatures from at least 5,000 registered voters.
Bryan Caskey, director of elections in the secretary of state’s office, said the Stein campaign submitted petitions with more than 10,000 signatures before the Aug. 1 deadline.
But it took several days for those signatures to be verified by county election officers.
Stein was also the Green Party candidate in 2012 and appeared on the Kansas ballot as an independent. But she received only 714 votes.
The most successful Green Party candidate in Kansas in recent elections was Ralph Nader, who was also listed as an independent. In 2008, he received 10,527 votes, or 0.8 percent of the total.