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Cobb/LaMarche Campaign Ramps Up Write-In Efforts.
Recognizing the importance of write in votes, the
Cobb-LaMarche campaign is mounting write in efforts in 20 states where
draconian ballot access laws have prevented the Green Party ticket from
qualifying for the ballot.
“You can win an election as a write in candidate.
Eight members of Congress have been elected as write-ins, including
three from California alone,” said Richard Winger, editor and
publisher of Ballot Access News and the country’s preeminent authority
on third parties.
The Cobb-LaMarche campaign will be on 28 ballots
this year and will mount write in campaigns in every other state where
the campaign is not on the ballot, except South Dakota and Oklahoma
which do not allow write ins. In three other states, Kentucky, North
Dakota and Missouri, voters can write in the Cobb-LaMarche ticket but
write in votes won’t be counted by election officials.
“Greens have been working for years to make the
voting process more democratic and to reform unnecessary and restrictive
ballot access laws. And though we’ve been successful from Florida to
Oregon, we still have a ways to go. Laws which restrict voters’
choices and limit participation in the electoral process have no place
in a democratic society,” said Blair Bobier, Media Director for the
"Unfortunately, our electoral system is
designed to prevent alternative voices and to reduce voter
choices," said Holly Hart, Ballot Access Coordinator for the Cobb-LaMarche
campaign. "Despite these draconian ballot access laws, voters in 45
states can vote the Green Party ticket for President and know their
votes will be counted."
The Cobb-LaMarche website has complete and
authoritative information on how voters in each of the 20 "write in
states” can write in Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb on
their ballot: www.votecobb.org/writein.
“In some states, a write in ballot is a voter’s
last chance to participate in the democratic process. There are many
people who won’t vote for candidates who support the war in Iraq or
who ignore the millions of people living in poverty or without health
insurance in this country. The Green Party offers hope and a write in
ballot may be the only way that millions of people get a chance to
express that hope by voting for peace, for a living wage, for universal
health care and for a party who cares about them,” said Blair Bobier.