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  Oregon Peace Party Changes Its Name to Progressive Party
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Last EditedRBH  Sep 19, 2009 01:30pm
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AuthorRichard Winger
News DateSaturday, September 19, 2009 07:30:00 PM UTC0:0

The Peace Party became a ballot-qualified party in 2008 in Oregon. It was formed for the purpose of placing Ralph Nader on the ballot in Oregon. At the time, it was significantly easier to qualify a new party in Oregon than to get an independent candidate on the ballot (thanks to good legislative action in 2009, the independent procedures are now easier than they had been in 2008).

Because the Peace Party polled over 1% of the vote for president, it retained its ballot status, and is ballot qualified for 2010. On September 17, it filed paperwork with the Secretary of State to change its name to the Progressive Party. Oregon permits qualified parties to change their names. However, voters who had been registered in the Peace Party will need to change their registration, if they wish to continue being a member of the party under its new name.

Oregon and Vermont are now the two states that have a ballot-qualified party named the Progressive Party.
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