Georgia Ballot Access Bill Introduced

On February 8, six Georgia state representatives introduced HB 949, which lowers the number of signatures needed for minor party and independent candidates somewhat. Current law requires a petition of 1% of the registered voters for statewide office, and 5% for district and county office. The bill keeps these percentages, but changes the base to the vote cast for president in the last election. The reduction would be approximately 25%.

The sponsors are: (1) Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming); (2) Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville); (3) Edward Lindsey (R-Brookhaven); (4) Alisha Morgan (D-Austell); (5) Jay Powell (R-Camilla); (6) Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Atlanta). This bill follows the recommendations of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Elections Advisory Commission, and the Secretary of State himself supports the bill. Thanks to Garland Favorito for this news.


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