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Ballot Access

Like candidates for all other political parties, our Green Party candidates must collect signatures from voters in order to actually appear on the ballot. We must therefore collect a minimum number of signatures by July 15th in order to meet state filing deadlines, so we need volunteers to help!

Ready to Volunteer Now?

Great! Please Contact Us and we'll put you in touch with your coordinator that can give you further instructions.

Or if you already know what to do and are ready to get started, you can download the petition forms here!

2018 Ballot Access

  • District 23 form (for Jay Walker and statewide candidates)
  • District 45 form (for Garret Wassermann and statewide candidates)
  • Everywhere else (statewide candidates only)

Remember that they must be printed on LEGAL SIZE paper or the state will not accept them. If you have any questions or would prefer us to send you hardcopies, Contact Us or sign up on the state party website. Completed forms should be turned into the state Green Party of Pennsylvania first before we submit them to the state office, so contact us to learn more who to send it to.

For more instructions, see the sections below.

Find out more about current candidates on our Candidates page.

What signatures do we need? Why?

Pennsylvania requires candidates in normal elections to gather signatures in order to appear on the ballot. Republicans and Democrats need signatures to be on the ballot in the primary election in May, while Greens gather signatures for the general election in November. This means we have more time to gather signatures but also typically have to collect more. This number is significantly reduced this year compared to past years (pre 2017) due to some wins in state court by the Green Party to fight unfair election laws.

The signatures for Green Party candidates can come from any registered voter that lives in the candidate's district (or anywhere in PA for statewide offices like governor). These voters do not have to be Green Party members to sign, they can be from any party or even independent. The signature is also not a commitment to vote for the Green Party candidate, it just tells the state that you'd like to see a Green choice on the ballot in November when you make your final decision who to vote for.

How do we collect them?

However you want! Just get voters to sign the proper paperwork.

You can ask friends and family and neighbors directly. You can bring the paper to work to ask coworkers. Bring it to a church or other organization meetup. Also look for political activism events that support Green Party values and stand with a clipboard near the entrance asking if people are voters that would like to help get a candidate on the ballot. You can even stand in a public space like a street corner or near a bus stop and ask people. Whatever you are comfortable with!

The important thing is that each voter lives in the district and fills out the form correctly. The form requires a signature and a printed name, a home address, and the date.