Like candidates for all other political parties, our Green Party candidates must collect signatures from voters in order to actually appear on the ballot. Unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, we generally must collect many more signatures but do get a longer timeline to do so. We must therefore collect a minimum number of signatures (depending on the office) and submit them by August 1st each year in order to meet state filing deadlines, so we need volunteers to help!
Ballot access for 2018 is over but we'll be starting up again for 2019 candidates around March 2019. If you're interested in volunteering to help get Greens on the ballot, please Contact Us and we'll keep you in the loop!
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! 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.