The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article at Ballot Access News written by the widely-respected election expert and advocate for third party/independent ballot access Richard Winger. Take a look at this excerpt:
On December 17, the Eleventh Circuit heard Cowen v Raffensperger, 21-13199. This is the case over Georgia’s 5% petition for independent candidates for U.S. House, and also for nominees of parties that didn’t poll 20% of the vote for president in the entire nation, or 20% for Governor. The law is so severe, it has existed starting in 1943 and has never been used by a minor party candidate, and not by an independent since 1964. Back in 1964, the signatures were not checked, were due in October of the election year, didn’t need to be notarized, and district boundaries followed county boundaries so it was easier to ask potential signers if they lived in the district. Also the requirements were far lower because the number of registered voters was so much lower back then.
Read the full article here. It includes the link to information about Judge Britt Grant.
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