Green Party of Colorado did not qualify for
statewide ballot status in November 1994. But it did
qualify for Qualified Political Organization status.
In 1994, the criteria to qualify
for statewide ballot status ('major party status') in Colorado was
to receive 10% for Governor.
Hufford received 1.5% and 16,908 votes for Governor. The
1.5% was not sufficient for the Green Party
of Colorado to achieve statewide ballot status.
However, the Green Party of Colorado did
receive "Qualified Political Organization" status. This was achieved
by qualifying the Hufford gubernatorial campaign under rules for independent
candidates, which included submitting the required 1,000 valid petition
signers for Hufford's candidacy (over 2,200 were gathered), and fulfilling
By qualifying for Qualified Political Organization status, it also became possible
to register as a Green in Colorado.
1998: The Green Party of Colorado qualified for
statewide ballot status in July 1998.
In 1998, the Colorado state legislature changed the criteria for the statewide
ballot status. The 10% for governor requirement still remained in order to
attain 'major party' status.
But a new 'minor party' status category was also created. To become a minor
party, a party would need at least 1,000 registered voters as members or gather
10,000 petition signers on behalf of the party.
A minor party could have statewide
ballot status, just like a major party. But major parties conduct primaries
and run caucuses in every county in the state, while minor parties only nominate
candidates by convention.
The Green Party of Colorado qualified
via the voter registration method. At the time of the law's passing, April
13th, 1998, the Green Party of Colorado had 936 registrants. By June 30th
-- the law's effective date -- Colorado Green registration had grown to 1,226.
As a result of this growth, the Green Party of Colorado qualified for statewide
ballot status as of the date of the law taking effect.
Since 1998, the number of Green Party
registrants has remained above the 1,000 registration threshold and as
a result, the Green Party of Colorado has retained its ballot status ever
since. As of June 2010, the number of registered
Green voters in the state
For more information: see
the Green Party of Colorado's own 1998
ballot qualification report.