New York - Green Party officers today said they were working hard to save the party’s ballot line, and that voting for Joe Biden on any line in New York State dilutes the progressive power needed to push Democrats to the left. They stated that a strong Green Party vote and continued ballot access would say New Yorkers expect the Federal government to prioritize workers, students, and seniors, not the corporate elite. They noted the new law that requires parties to receive 130,000 votes or 2% of the presidential vote (whichever is higher) combined with the 32 point lead Biden commands in New York make the choice of Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker easy and imperative.
Party officials said they will continue to reach out to New York voters until Election Day to ensure they know they have a choice to save a party that campaigns on majoritarian issues like single-payer universal healthcare, a real Green New Deal, and an end to police violence and brutality.
“If you’re a socialist, if you’re a progressive, if you’re in favor of democracy in New York, your choice this year is clear: Vote Green Party. Vote Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker. A vote for Hawkins/Walker is a vote against corporate control of our political system. It is a vote against the two-party duopoly trying to crush the last vestiges of democracy in this state. Howie supports a robust Green New Deal - Biden doesn’t and he wants to continue hydrofracking! Howie wants community control of the police - Biden has repeatedly said he wants to increase funding to the police. The choice is clear,” said party co-chair Gloria Mattera.
“Cuomo and the Democrats rammed through ballot law changes in the midst of the pandemic. Most voters in New York don’t have a clue that parties like the Greens could disappear this year if they don’t receive votes for their presidential ticket. We stand for democracy and choice in New York. Cuomo and the Democrats stand for suppressing voter choice. The only solution is to vote for the Green Party, vote for Hawkins/Walker, and to show the political establishment in New York we will not be silenced,” concluded party co-chair Peter LaVenia.