N.H. Will Have Two More Presidential Candidates On The Ballot This November

Sep 2, 2016

The campaigns of two people hoping to get on New Hampshire's presidential ballot made progress toward that goal this week.

When you go into the ballot box to vote this November, you’ll expect to see the names Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But what about Gary Johnson and Jill Stein?

Those two candidates took steps this week towards getting their names on Granite State ballots this Election Day. The campaign for Libertarian Gary Johnson produced enough signatures to qualify for the New Hampshire ballot Thursday. On Friday, supporters of Green Party candidate Jill Stein dropped off petitions to get her name before voters.

But that’s no easy task – to do so, she'll need 3,000 signatures from registered New Hampshire voters.

“We are here to drop off 4,500 ballot petitions for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Where do you want them?," Elizabeth Ropp of Manchester asked Secretary of State Bill Gardner at the State House Friday.

Elizabeth Ropp along with a handful of other N.H. residents dropped off Jill Stein's petitions at the State House on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.
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Ropp says Stein is the right person for the Oval Office.

“She is a very honest candidate, she doesn’t take corporate PAC money, she definitely wants to make sure that people who are burdened by student loan debt are bailed out the same way that Wall Street was bailed out,” Ropp said.

That message may sound familiar, especially if you spent any time listening to Democrat Bernie Sanders presidential run. So it's no surprise that many of Stein’s followers are former Sanders backers.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (right) at a Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester, July 16, 2016.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

"How many would you say are Bernie Sanders supporters that joined this campaign?,"  I asked the group of Stein supporters at the State House Friday. "I was, I was, most people," replied everyone in the room. "And there is more of us as soon as the [Clinton] endorsement [by Bernie Sanders] happened in Portsmouth and as soon as the Convention was over more people started showing up and bringing us ballot petitions," Ropp explained.

Stein is set to appear on the ballot in 41 states, as well as Washington D.C. She was also the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2012.

Although Stein was not at the State House this week, she will campaign at the University of New Hampshire later this month.