Third Parties Race To Get Presidential Candidates On Ga. Ballot

first_img Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Add to My List In My List Share Independent political parties in Georgia are busy trying to get their candidates on November’s presidential ballot.An interim ruling from a federal court earlier this year lowered the number of signatures required to qualify for candidacy from more than 50,000 to just 7,500.That puts the ballot almost within reach, according to members of the Constitution party of Georgia and the Georgia Green Party.“Right now we’re feeling, at least I am, highly confident that it’s possible for us to pull this off,” said Hugh Esco, co-chair of the state Green Party.“I know it’s gonna be very close. We’re just trying the best we can to see if we can make it,” said Garland Favorito of the state Constitution Party.Favorito said, it’s been 20 years since Georgia’s Constitution Party even tried to qualify for the presidential ballot.The Green Party worked, albeit unsuccessfully, in past election cycles to meet the steeper, previous signature requirement, which was 5 percent of registered voters.Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is appealing the federal court ruling to get that requirement back in place.The deadline for candidates to qualify is next week, July 12. ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img