Ballot Status History – Green Party of Connecticut

1996: The Green Party of Connecticut qualified for ballot status for presidential elections only in November 1996.

In Connecticut, major party status is achieved if a party receives at least 20% for Governor or has 20% of the partisan registration total. In this case, it would qualify for the ballot in all races.

In Connecticut minor party status  is achieved office by office. For any party receiving 1% or more in a race for each office, in the next electoral cycle, if a candidate from the same party runs for the same office, the candidate is automatically on the ballot without having to petition for the ballot line.

Ralph Nader received 1.8% for President. The 1.8% surpassed the 1% required to qualify the Green Party of Connecticut for the ballot for the presidential race.


2000: The Green Party of Connecticut retained ballot status for presidential elections and qualified for ballot status in one Congressional and six state legislative seats in November 2000.

Ralph Nader received 4.3% and 60,644 votes for President. The 4.3% surpassed the 1% required to retain the Green Party of Connecticut’s ballot line for the presidential race.

For US Congress, Audrey Cole received 3.2% and 7,303 votes in District 6. For State Senate, Mike De Rosa received 10.7% and 1,620 votes in District 1 and Timothy Boyles received 5.0% and 1,499 votes in District 18. For State House, Tom Sevigny received 5% and 661 votes in District 17; Thomas Ethier received 12% and 923 votes in District 65; Tony Santini received 4.0% and 253 votes in District 92; and Paul Bassler received 11.0% and 768 votes in District 142.


2002: The Green Party of Connecticut qualified for ballot status in one Congressional and six state legislative seats in November 2002.

For US Congress, Charles Pillsbury received 4.9% and 9,050 votes in District 3. For State Senate, Mike De Rosa received 5.8% and 876 votes in District 1; Tom Sevigny received 4% and 1,382 votes in District 8; and Penny Teal received 5.5% and 1,487 votes in District 18. For State House, Peter Magistri received 6.5% and 454 votes in District 60; John Battista received 31% and 1,892 votes in District 67; and Simone Mason received 18.4% and 871 votes in District 91.


2004: The Green Party of Connecticut lost ballot status for presidential elections, and retained ballot status in one Congressional and six state legislative seats in November 2004.

David Cobb received 9,564 votes and 0.61%. The 0.61% did not meet the 1% required to retain the Green Party of  Connecticut’s ballot line for the presidential race.


2006: The Green Party qualified for ballot status for four statewide constitutional offices and retained ballot status in one Congressional and four state legislative seats in November 2006.

For Secretary of the State, Mike DeRosa received 1.7% and 17,851 votes; for Attorney General, Nancy Burton received 1.7% and 17,684 votes; for Treasurer, David Bue received 1.3% and 13,487 votes; and for Comptroller, Colin Bennett received 1.5% and 15,427 votes – all four above the 1% threshold for each office.

For US Senate, Ralph Ferrucci received .5% and 5,922 votes (below the 1% ballot status threshold). For Governor/Lt Gov, Clifford Thornton/Jean de Smet received .9% and 9,584 votes  (below the 1% ballot status threshold).


2008: The Green Party of Connecticut failed to achieve ballot status for presidential elections and qualified for ballot status in three Congressional seats in November 2008.

Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney ran as a write-in candidate and received only 90 votes, failing to achieve the 1% necessary to gain ballot status in that race.

For US Congress, Stephen Fournier received 2.4% and 7,201 votes in District 1; Scott Deshefy  received 2.0% and 6,300 votes in District 2; and Ralph Ferrucci received 2.9% and 8,613 votes in District 3 – all three surpassing the 1% ballot status threshold.


2010: The Green Party of Connecticut failed to achieve ballot status for U.S. Senate and qualified for ballot status in three Congressional, one State Senate and two State House seats in November 2010.

For US Senate, Jeff Russell ran as a write-in candidate and received 45 votes. For US Congress, Kenneth Krayeske received 1.1% and 2,564 votes in District 1; Scott Deshefy received 1.3% and 3,344 votes in District 2; and Charles Pillsbury received 1.4% and 2,984 votes in District 3. For State Senate, Colin Bennett received 2.5% and 1,017 votes in District 33; Don Alexander ran as a write-in candidate and received 3 votes. For State House, Ben Wojan received 1.3% and 44 votes in district 84; and Rolf Maurer received 1.7% and 84 votes in district 148.


2012: The Green Party of Connecticut failed to achieve ballot status for President and U.S. Senate

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein ran as a write-in candidate and received 863 votes. For US Senate, Jeff Russell ran as a write-in candidate and received 40 votes, neither reaching the 1% threshold for ballot status for that race.

For US Congress, Mike DeRosa received 1.8% and 5,477 votes in District 1; and Colin Bennett received 1.2% and 3,638 votes in District 2. For State Senate, Melissa Schlag received 8.7% and 4,317 votes in District 33; For State House, Nicholas Payne received 5.0% and 471 votes in District 67; and Gabriel Rossi received 2.6% and 326 votes in District 135 – all five above the 1% ballot status threshold for that office. Remy Chevalier ran as a write-in candidate and receive 2 votes in District 26, below the 1% threshold.


2016: The Green Party of Connecticut qualified for ballot status for presidential elections  in November 2016.

In 2016 Green presidential candidate Jill Stein received 22,841 votes and 1.39%, above the 1% ballot status threshold needed.