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Our legal name as a qualified party in Maine is Green Independent Party. We are an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.

 

All candidates in the State of Maine appear on the ballot as a Green Independent, except for our presidential nominee, who typicaly appears as simply Green.

 

As the Green Independent Party, our members are officially referred to as Green Independents.

 

We ask the media to be consistent with references of our party and members, using the same standards as they would all other parties.

After referencing Maine's Democratic Party, Libertarian Party or Republican Party, the press rarely then proceeds to reference their members as "Democratic Party members," "Libertarian Party members" or "Republican Party members." Often, we see a continued and unnecessary identification of our members as "Green Independent Party members" or "Green Party members."

 

Where "Democrats," "Libertarians" and "Republicans" suffice to identify members of those respective parties, so should "Green Independents" suffice to identify our members, especially when our party name, "Green Independent Party" has already been referenced in the article.

 

We rarely, if ever, notice the press referring to "Democratic Party members," "Republican party members" or "Libertarian Party members." The use of these extra words are unnecessary when "Democrats," "Republicans" and "Libertarians" suffice as attributions.

 

Identifying enrolled Green Independents with attributions inconsistent with how other party's enrollees are identified, serves to unfairly stigmatize our organization as a political party in ways that other political parties are generally spared.

 

We simply ask the press to substitute our party with the words "Democrat," "Republican" or "Libertarian" in their drafts and reflect whether they would use the same language references if we were another party. We request to be identified in the same manner, consistent with how other parties and their members would be identified.

 

If you would not go to the extra effort to say "Democratic Party member" when "Democrat" suffices, then likewise, "Green Independent" should suffice instead of "member of the Green Independent Party."

 

Please do NOT identify us incorrectly as the "Independent Green Party." This is NOT the name of our party. The press frequently makes this mistake, reversing these two words of our party's name.

 

The word "Independent" is an integral part of our party identity, as we view our party as being independent of the corporate influence that other parties are subject to. We also allow unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as "Independents") to vote in our party primary -- something that no other political party in Maine has yet allowed.

 

It is our precedent to allow unenrolled ("Independent") voters to influence our party by participating in our primary. Our name, Green Independent Party accurately reflects our independence from the type of politics that govern other parties, as well as the open door we hold for independent voters to participate in our primaries.

 

In all cases when the state party, its members or candidates (except for our presidential nominee) are being referenced, the entire legal state party name should be used: "Green Independent Party" to identify the party, "Green Independent" or "Green Independents" to identify a member or members.

 

"Green Independent Party" is the legal name of our party according to the secretary of state. Enrollees are officially documented as "Green Independents" on the voter rolls. We expect journalists to report accurately and factually by referring to us by our legally correct designations.

 

The use of the term "Green" or "Greens" to identify our members is acceptable but not preferred, and should only be used upon second reference after having first referred to members as "Green Independents."

 

CORRECT USES:

Green Independent Party

Green Independent

Green Independents

Green, Greens (not preferred, but accepted if the correct "Green Independent" has already been used on first reference)

 

INCORRECT USES:

Maine Green Party

Green Party of Maine

Green Party member

Independent Green Party

Independent Green Party members.

Independent Maine Green Party

Green Independent Party member

 

The only acceptable time to use the term "Green Party" absent the word "Independent," is when the reference directly relates to the national party--"Green Party of the United States" and its presidential nominee.

 

We appreciate the media's compliance with our preference to be attributed by our legal party name and legal enrollment identification as recognized by the State of Maine.