On January 10, the Virginia Independent Green Party affiliated itself with the Independence Party of America, the budding new national third party headed by Frank MacKay of New York state.
The Independent Green Party is not a ballot-qualified party. However, it has the organizational strength to place candidates on the ballot in Virginia, and does so repeatedly. It has never been an affiliate of the national Green Party. The Independent Green Party has never before participated in a presidential election, but it is currently circulating a presidential petition listing Michael Bloomberg as its presidential candidate.
On January 26, the Minnesota Independence Party (which is ballot-qualified) will probably also affiliate itself with the Independence Party of America.