[hq2600] From Cynthia McKinney: Occupy the Ballot! Roseanne Barr Helps Georgia Ballot Access
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Fri May 25 17:30:30 PDT 2012
Georgia Ballot Access Lawsuit Filed
On May 25, the Green Party and the Constitution Party filed a lawsuit
against Georgia’s procedure for placing newly-qualifying parties on the
ballot for President. The case is Green Party of Georgia v State of Georgia
and Brian Kemp. The case is filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The
number hasn’t been assigned yet.
Georgia requires a petition of 50,334 valid signatures and requires each
sheet to be notarized. No statewide petition for either a newly-qualifying
party or a statewide independent candidate has succeeded in Georgia since
2000. In 1985 the 11th circuit ruled in Bergland v Harris that states must
be more lenient on ballot access for president than for other office, and
that Jenness v Fortson doesn’t necessarily apply to presidential candidate
procedures. Georgia is in the 11th circuit.
There is now a constitutional ballot access case underway in all of the
states with the worst ballot access procedures, except for Indiana and
Texas. Cases are pending in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. All of these
cases are being handled by attorneys who are not charging for their
services. The ballot access movement owes a huge debt of gratitude to these
attorneys, who include Dan Johnson of Illinois, David Sapp of the Southern
California ACLU, Mike Raffauf of Georgia, Roberta Price and David Urias of
New Mexico, Gary Sinawski of New York, Bob Bastress of West Virginia, Jason
Huber of North Carolina, Mark Brown of Ohio, Alan Woodruff of Tennessee,
and Oliver Hall of Washington, D.C.
There are other constitutional ballot access pending in states not named
above. The list above is not intended to be a complete list of such cases,
but rather to highlight the cases against the most restrictive states. Six
states are responsible for 60% of the total national number of signatures
needed to place a new party or independent presidential candidate on the
ballot in the entire nation (this calculation uses the easier method to get
on the ballot in each state). Progress against those six states will do
much to help voters of the entire United States. Those six states are
California, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana.
Silence is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction.
"The biggest weapon in the hands of the oppressors is the minds of the
oppressed." Steve Biko
"Make your spirit flexible, and nothing will ever bend you out of shape."
Wisdom by Taro Gold
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