PR mentioned in ChecksandBalances.com
- Proportional Representation mentioned in political newsletter as
possible campaign subject in 2002 Secretary of State's race.
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The Green Party Effect on the DFL
People believe that the Green Party will not field a candidate for the
Senate because they stand solidly behind Paul Wellstone. Should this
be true the party is still faced with an obligation to secure 5% in a
statewide race to maintain their major party status. We expect they will
field candidates in all of the constitutional races, but believe they
have true opportunities in two.
We believe Green Party candidate for Attorney General, who will likely
be pro-marijuana, will doubtfully secure the requisite even if all of
smokers in the state remember to vote. We also doubt the state Auditors
of, which will be in charge of financial oversight is another office
will feel comfortable casting their vote for a Green Party candidate.
Of course there will be the token candidacy for Governor and the cry for
debate inclusion, which occurs in every election, but the place where
Greens might have the best shot at securing their 5% will be in the
Secretary of States race. A candidate that calls for more openness and
opportunities for voting should do well. Questions regarding access and
accountability will move the debate in interesting directions. Topics
proportional voting, electronic voting and voting by mail may become
points of debate. The Green Party has been shutout of major party status
before by mere percentage points and the question of fairness might be
addressed in this election.