Because of COVID-19, we're doing the presidential nominating process a bit differently this year. There are 3 aspects:
- Presidential Preference Vote by Absentee Ballot
- April 29th Presidential Candidates Forum Livestream
- May 16 "Virtual" State Committee Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention
Presidential Preference Vote by Absentee Ballot
All GPNY Members (enrolled New York State Greens and GPNY Supporting Members legally barred from registering to vote) were invited to participate in our presidential preference by absentee ballot rather than at our State Nominating Convention as would normally be the case. Ballots were required to be postmarked by May 9th in order to be counted by election administrators from the State Committee on May 14th. Greens were asked to provide, along with their ballot, information to enable verification of their Green Party enrollment or Supporting Member status.
There are 3 candidates on the GPNY absentee ballot: Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter, and David Rolde. GPNY’s State Committee voted in February that the candidates who met the Green Party of the United States criteria for official recognition on April 1, 2020 would be the candidates on the GPNY ballot. These 3 candidates are the only ones to have met that benchmark.
Greens will cast their vote for president using ranked-choice voting (RCV), ranking the candidates in order of preference. GPNY delegates to the Green Party National Convention will be awarded to candidates proportionally based on the number of votes they receive. If a candidate receives less than 5% of first choice votes, they will be eliminated and their ballots allocated to the next choice listed on the ballot. That process will repeat until all remaining candidates have at least 5 percent of vote.
Presidential Candidate Livestream
A presidential candidates forum was livestreamed on April 29th. You can watch the forum here. Hawkins, Hunter, and Rolde were invited and Hawkins and Hunter participated. You can find additional information on the candidates by following these links to candidate websites and questionnaires and the latest campaign news.
May 16 "Virtual" State Committee Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention
Join us on Saturday, May 16 for our "virtual" State Nominating Convention! The results of the presidential preference absentee ballot vote will be announced. Candidates who have won delegates will be invited to speak. Delegates will then be nominated and elected to represent GPNY at the Green Party Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention which will take place online from July 9-12. Hear from other Green candidates running down the ballot for Congress and the Legislature. We are also thrilled to announce guest speakers Margaret Kimberley (commentator at Common Dreams and Black Agenda Report, author of Prejudential) and Alexandria Villaseñor (climate activist, Fridays For Future NYC and Earth Uprising).
- 9:30 - 10:00AM Check in / Green non-SC member speak out
- 10:00 - 10:45AM State Committee business
- 10:45 AM - 1:30PM Nominating Convention
Fill out the RSVP form to attend the May 16 Convention. An RSVP is requested of everyone planning to join the meeting. Only GPNY members (State Committee members and other New York State enrolled Greens or Supporting Members legally barred from registering to vote) may vote. The form will help us to verify your enrollment or Supporting Member status and activate you in our database as an eligible voter. We will send those who RSVP the convention's Zoom conference login by Friday evening.
Questions? Contact secretary( at )gpny.org
(Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr)