It’s Time to Reclaim & Re-Energize Our Democracy

Indiana’s 2018 Green Party Secretary of State Candidate

My name is George Wolfe and was the Green Party candidate for Indiana Secretary of State in 2018. 

Note - This campaign ended on Election Day, November 6, 2018.

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January 28, 2019 - Dr. George Wolfe testifies to the Indiana Senate Committee regarding Indiana Ballot Access
November 11, 2018 - Third Parties Take Stock After Midterms - Nuvo
October 28, 2018 - Secretary of State: 5 Candidates - Incumbant Lawson (R) faces 4 challengers for re-election - Nuvo
October 26, 2018 - [AUDIO] Dr. George Wolfe on FM 91.9 WITT - WITT Radio, Indianapolis
October 25, 2018 - Election security ranks as major theme in secretary of state race - The Statehouse File
October 25, 2018 - How to pick the person best suited in Indiana elections - Indianapolis Star
October 24, 2018 - [VIDEO] State Candidates Talk Environment at Hanover College - WKM News
October 19, 2018 - Indiana Green Party on Verge of Making History in Indiana - Independent Political Report
October 19, 2018 - Reporting on latest Gravis Marketing Poll; Wolfe at 4% - 93.1FM WIBC
October 12-16, 2018 - Gravis Marketing Poll; Green Party Candidate for Secretary of State Polling at 4%
August 23, 2018 - Green Party Candidate for Secretary of State, Dr. George Wolfe to Speak at Town Hall in Muncie - 1340 AM WBIW 
August 23, 2018 - Press Release - Dr. George Wolfe to Speak at a Town Hall in Muncie on August 30th
July 28, 2018 - Indiana Green Party’s Annual Congress Speech by Secretary of State candidate, Dr. George Wolfe
July 20, 2018 - Dr. George Wolfe on Health Care & College Tuition - The Star Press
July18, 2018 - Dr. Wolfe is an advocate for a Single Payer Health Care System - Short Platform Video
June 29, 2018 - Health Care and Free College Tuition are Essential  - The Times - Northwest Indiana

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Why did I run?

Because politicians bankroll their campaigns with money from corporate donors and wealthy individuals who don’t have the same interests as we, the people, do. It is up to us to wrestle the power away from the wealthy 1%. Both political parties have become beholden to rich donors and engage in corrupt practices like gerrymandering and voter suppression. Furthermore, we must reform this broken system so no party can do what the Democratic National Committee did to Bernie Sanders.

Indiana ranks in the bottom third of the 50 states in voter turnout. In 2016, just 58% of voting-age Hoosiers cast ballots for President of the United States. That low of a percentage is totally unacceptable. We can do better. For the sake of our democracy, we must do better! And with your help, our grassroots effort can succeed.

How to Heal our Democracy

Published November 1, 2018

Dr. George Wolfe

Dr. George Wolfe

This year, I have had the honor of representing the Indiana Green Party as their candidate for Secretary of State. I chose to ally myself with the Green Party because I personally resonate with its core values of grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice and nonviolence.

I have traveled around the state over the past nine months meeting many thoughtful and concerned citizens, people of all colors and creeds, from many ethnic backgrounds and economic levels. Campaigning has taught me the value of personal connection, and how everyone is important in our great country. It has also revealed how tired people are of the offensive, irresponsible and adversarial rhetoric coming from our politicians. The majority of Americans want candidates to focus on positive ideas and issues, and work together to move our state and country forward toward greater economic and social equality.

What follows is a list of recommendations I have gleaned from listening to Hoosier voters which, if put in place, would go far to restoring public trust and healing the deep wounds in our democracy.

  1. Make election day a statewide holiday, requiring businesses to give employees at least 3 hours off on election day to get to the polls. Continue with, and expand, early voting opportunities;
  2. Allow for same-day voter registration as opposed to requiring citizens to register 29 days in advance as is now the case in Indiana. States with the highest voter turnout (such as Minnesota with 73%) have same-day registration. With the technology we have today, same-day registration is feasible and without risk of voter fraud;
  3. End partisan gerrymandering by establishing a citizens nonpartisan redistricting commission. Both major political parties have been guilty of gerrymandering. Only a Secretary of State from outside the two major parties can bring an end to this partisan political corruption;
  4. Stop the discriminatory purging of names from the voter rolls and only remove names if there is documentation that an individual is deceased or has moved out of state;
  5. Transition Indiana toward a simpler, much less expensive, more reliable, and secure paper ballot vote-by-mail system such as has been used in the state of Oregon. The current Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, has spent $7.6 million on election security. Yet there are still on-going concerns about how vulnerable our electronic system is to foreign intrusion. This cost could be reduced by 75% if we switched to a vote-by-mail paper ballot system.
  6. Institute Ranked Choice Voting (as has been adopted in the state of Maine) when there are more than two candidates running for a particular office. Ranked Choice Voting eliminates the "spoiler effort" and always results in a majority winner;
  7. Encourage more independent candidates to run for office by making ballot access laws equal to the current access requirements for Republicans and Democrats. The reason I am a write-in candidate is because, as a third-party candidate, I had to get 27,699 signatures on a petition to be granted ballot access by the Secretary of State’s Election Division office. Had I run as a Democrat or Republican, I would only have needed 4500;
  8. We need to get big money out of politics by limiting personal and corporate campaign donations. Money and unlimited donations from corporations and special interest groups have a corrupting influence and are a source of distrust toward politicians. As a Green Party candidate, I refuse to take donations from corporations, political action committees or special interest groups. Campaigns should be centered around issues and ideas, not on who has the most money.

Finally, as voters become more aware and informed about these issues, we can restore to Indiana and our nation an inclusive democracy that represents all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation.

George Wolfe was the 2018 Green Party write-in candidate for the office of Secretary of State in Indiana. He is the former Director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, is a trained mediator and the author of The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future without War. He was endorsed by the grassroots organization “92 Counties Strategies.”

This campaign ended on Election Day, November 6, 2018.