HAWKINS/WALKER CAMPAIGN BLASTS DEMOCRATS’ MANUFACTURED CRISIS IN WISCONSIN

From the Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker campaign:

Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered that absentee ballots should not be mailed until it decides whether to place Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker on the ballot. The Court will review the actions taken by the Democrats on the Wisconsin Election Commission in keeping the Green candidates off the ballot. The Court is seeking additional facts to make a decision in this critically important case involving voter choice.

“The courts are right to be skeptical of this manufactured delay caused by the Democrats,” said campaign manager Andrea Mérida, “Had the Democrats on the Elections Commission avoided violating basic due process at the hearing, we would not be in this position. Instead, the hyper-partisan Democrats on the commission denied our campaign the right to present evidence and should have dismissed the challenge from the beginning because our campaign followed the commission staff’s instructions to the letter regarding Angela Walker’s address change.” 

Mérida continued, “There was discussion during the hearing about the potential for us to seek relief via the courts, and prudence would have dictated that the commission communicate to local elections authorities that a lawsuit might be pending.”

The Hawkins/Walker campaign has advocated that vote by mail be available to every voter in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“If the Democrats spent as much effort fighting Republican-led voter roll purges and photo ID requirements to suppress the votes of African Americans in Milwaukee and students in Madison as they do trying to keep the Green Party off the ballot, they wouldn’t lose so many elections to the Republicans, the most openly racist and reactionary party in America since the Democrats violently overthrew the Reconstruction governments in the South under the slogan of ‘White Supremacy.’ Party suppression is the Democratic Party’s form of voter suppression. Green candidates bring voters to the polls that otherwise would stay home,” said Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s presidential candidate.

“Our petition garnered three times as many signatures as is required from thousands of voters who are ready to see a Green Party choice on the ballot, and we intend to go all the way to ensure a fully-inclusive democracy,” said Angela Walker, the Green Party vice presidential nominee and an African-American native of Milwaukee who now lives in Florence, South Carolina.

Link to the order: https://howiehawkins.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020AP1488-OA-9-10-20.pdf

 

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  • Carol Birkland
    commented 2020-09-14 19:48:26 -0500
    Thank God the WI Supreme Court prevailed against these two jerks and they WILL NOT be on the ballot so WI does not have to reprint all of its absentee ballots. If the Green Party wants to come out of this with any shred of credibility, they need to cut these two lose. If not, the Green Party will be a joke. Howie and Angela had no problem with taking help from Trump-backed attorneys. Time to clean house or else, like the Republicans, you need to reinvent yourselves!!
  • Alice Williams
    commented 2020-09-13 22:03:09 -0500
    I am a 68-year old lifelong environmentalist, but I cannot support the Green party of Wisconsin. Apparently, you don’t really care about the environment or you would know better than to insist on your fifteen minutes of fame. You are acting as spoiled and egotistical as Trump. Please drop your lawsuit now, before it’s too late. The earth cannot afford four more years of this president.
  • Sarahfad
    commented 2020-09-13 09:37:15 -0500
    Shame on you. I’ve always been empathetic to the Green party, because (obviously) I care about the environment, and I am progressive. However…

    If you can’t see the bigger picture here, there’s something wrong with you. I do not understand your willingness to sacrifice our state and the rights of Wisconsin voters for something so small, so petty, so useless. Shame on you.

    There are people waiting overseas for their ballots to arrive. There are people in the state who cannot go out to vote for health reasons. There are people who simply want to be able to vote by mail.

    You are holding that up for what…10,000 votes that might give the state to TRUMP??
    HOW IS THAT HELPING????

    The words I would like to say to you are not acceptable in a public forum. I will have no patience for the Green party ever again.

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.
  • Carol Birkland
    commented 2020-09-12 15:24:25 -0500
    I think there is no way to talk sense to these people. They must know what the end game might be here, but THEY JUST DO NOT CARE and that is a disgrace. For all of us who are trying so hard to see that every person gets a chance to vote in the time of Covid, this is just a gut punch. Don’t they also understand that Trump is using them? They are suckers. Okay, I give up….if I say anything more, I am going to vomit on my keyboard.
  • David Clyne
    commented 2020-09-12 15:09:38 -0500
    ugh. . . set the climate fight “back” by decades
  • David Clyne
    commented 2020-09-12 15:07:56 -0500
    Warren – We share the same values, but the main reason we lost in 2000 was because the then Green candidate, Ralph Nader, made exactly the same mistake. He chose to contest Florida and took some 4-5% of the vote. Bush won FL and, as a result, the US by a handful of votes and we all lost for decades. This is not the time for symbolic victories and real losses to human kind. Trump set the climate fight by decades and four more years . . . can’t even begin to imagine. Greens should run in solid blue or solid red states not purple ones. Mostly, Greens need to run at the local level and build an infrastructure rather than continuously losing on the big stage.
  • Carol Birkland
    commented 2020-09-12 14:37:46 -0500
    Keeps the pressure up!!?? What planet are you living on? Do you think Trump gives a rat’s ass about the environment? Every vote for this Green Party duo (and they are a disgrace to what the Green Party should stand for) is a vote for Trump. I hope you are young enough and get to live through the climate disasters ahead because you supported these two fools and gave Wisconsin to Trump.
  • Warren Goodwin
    commented 2020-09-12 14:13:35 -0500
    Donated and am wishing you the best in the ballot access fight. If Democrats want green votes they need to enact pro-environmental pro-peace policies. Having Greens on the ballot keeps that pressure up. Solidarity from the South! (Georgia)
  • David Clyne
    commented 2020-09-12 11:38:55 -0500
    I am saddened that Wisconsin Green Party may give us our next Ralph Nader moment and help throw the election to the worst President of all time, Donald Trump! Pease do not step over the good (any candidate other than Trump) in an effort to achieve the perfect. I am an Oregonian who has from time to time been affiliated with the Green Party. My heart is still there, but for the planet, our children and grandchildren; please drop this matter! Let the election start now.
  • Charles McDevitt
    commented 2020-09-12 11:03:39 -0500
    What is wrong with you people. If you really cared about climate change and other “green” issues… you’d stop trying to give this election to Donald Trump! Unbelievable.
  • Michael Mcdermott
    commented 2020-09-12 10:15:49 -0500
    I am disgusted by your behavior in getting you on the ballot and the fact that you are running at all. You may throw the state to Trump and that will, I hope, haunt you but likely not. You’ve learned nothing since 2016 and this is much worse.
  • Carol Birkland
    commented 2020-09-12 07:23:25 -0500
    If your monstrous and irresponsible egos give Wisconsin to Trump and possibly the nation, how will you live with yourselves? I suggest that you don’t live in Wisconsin.
  • Jana Funk
    commented 2020-09-11 19:02:54 -0500
    Fair and impartial from a respected liberal news source. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/08/22/green-party-denied-ballot-access-at-least-for-now/

    Incompetence not the Democrats kept you off the ballot. What are you possibly thinking? 4 more years of Donald Trump will set the green movement back decades. Cease and desist. What can you possibly be thinking?