Georgia appears to be one corner of the United States where democracy is in disarray. A recent court judgement has practically eliminated third parties from the race. This article is published by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Here is an excerpt:
A federal appeals court reinstated Georgia’s steep requirements for third-party candidates to get on the ballot Wednesday, a hurdle that has prevented anyone other than Republicans and Democrats from running for the U.S. House for decades.
No third-party candidate for the U.S. House has ever collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot under a 1943 state law that requires a petition signed by at least 5% of registered voters.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling preserved the signature requirements, finding that they didn’t violate voting rights and freedom of association rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
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