From Richard Winger on Ballot Access News
On February 8, a bill to greatly reduce ballot access barriers was introduced in the Georgia House. It is HB 191. The sponsors are three Democrats and one Republican: Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), David Stover (R-Newnan), Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia), and Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park).
The bill says that if a party is ballot-qualified for statewide office, then it is automatically qualified for all partisan office. And it lowers the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Currently the presidential petition is 7,500; the other staewide offices are 1% of the registered voters (over 50,000); and the district and county offices are 5% of the registered voters. The bill replaces all those with 200 signatures. Thanks to Garland Favorito for this news.