Green Party pe­ti­tions

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The de­ci­sion was in er­ror to declare the Texas Green Party in­el­i­gi­ble for bal­lot ac­cess based on the 92,000 pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures be­ing paid for by a cor­po­rate en­tity as an in-kind con­tri­bu­tion. Pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures are not prop­erty with a mar­ket value. They are pub­lic state­ments by the sign­ers, not the prop­erty of any­one, any more than are the sig­na­tures on the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

Even if con­sid­ered con­sti­tu­tional, con­trary to the re­cent U.S. Supreme Court case of Cit­i­zens United v. FEC, the only sanc­tions au­tho­rized would be statu­tory penal­ties against the in­di­vid­u­als know­ingly in­volved, as donors or re­cip­i­ents, and not dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the sig­na­tures, which the Texas Elec­tion Code makes the qual­i­fy­ing con­di­tion for bal­lot ac­cess, re­gard­less of how or by whom they might have been gath­ered, or how they might have been paid for, pro­vided only that they be valid sig­na­tures of qual­i­fy­ing cit­i­zens, duly cer­ti­fied.

Jon Roland nom­i­nee for Texas at­tor­ney gen­eral of the Texas Lib­er­tar­ian Party jon@jon­roland.org

austin

As­ser­tions have been made that the Greens are in the pocket of the Repub­li­cans, who al­legedly funded the sig­na­ture drive for bal­lot ac­cess. This is com­pletely un­true. The fact is, who­ever funded the sig­na­ture drive is anony­mous, beg­ging the ques­tion: How could an anony­mous source in­flu­ence the Green Party? The an­swer: It can’t by virtue of the fact that it’s anony­mous.

As his­tory shows, the Greens, un­like their blue or red coun­ter­parts, have stri­dently main­tained in­de­pen­dence from cor­po­rate in­flu­ence.

The Greens have at­tempted to se­cure a place on the bal­lot so as to en­able Tex­ans to as­sert their in­de­pen­dence from for-profit cor­po­rate con­trol per­vad­ing elec­toral pol­i­tics; to se­cure the in­ter­ests of work­ing-class folks whose trust has been be­trayed by the two elit­ist par­ties; to pro­vide a choice free from the spe­cial in­ter­ests and give voice to the de­mand for an ac­count­able, rep­re­sen­ta­tive govern­ment for the peo­ple of Texas.

alex HalveR­son alex.r.halver­son@gmail.com

austin

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