Then there were 3: Green Party no longer recognized as a political party in Arizona

Libertarians remain on the ballot

Sixteen Greens ran in August 2018 primary elections. 

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic 

The Greens have fallen short of qualifying as a recognized political party in Arizona, a setback for their candidates hoping to get on the ballot in 2020.

The Green Party of Arizona needed to collect 31,686 signatures by Friday to earn recognized status from the Secretary of State’s Office.

But the party turned in a stack of 1,088 pages of signatures — at most, only one-third of the number of signatures needed to qualify.

Without recognition as a political party Greens can only run as independents in individual races, which usually requires more signatures than candidates who are affiliated with a recognized party.

The Secretary of State’s Office said no other political parties submitted petitions for official recognition Friday, leaving the Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians as the only recognized political parties in Arizona.

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