Georgia Greens Welcome Barr’s Commitment to 50 State Ballot Lines

In a press release from the Georgia Green Party, they note that the Green Party has never been able to achieve more than 44 state party lines in the same year. Georgia is one of the worst states in terms of ballot access for third parties, and the Georgia Green Party is clearly frustrated with this. Given the potential success that a Cynthia McKinney campaign for Congress could have, and McKinney’s support for Roseanne Barr, this is an interesting statement.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

For further information, contact:
Bruce Dixon, 678-298-9463 x3
Press Secretary, Georgia Green Party

Greens Welcome Candidates’ Commitment to Ballot Access
Barr’s commitment to 50 State Ballot Lines unprecedented

“We welcome Roseanne Barr’s commitment to running on fifty ballot
lines,” said Adam Shapiro, chairman of the Georgia Green Party. “We
invite all Greens and others concerned with creating a just and
sustainable future to rally to our ballot access efforts so we can
offer Georgia voters a meaningful way to cast their ballot this

After election cycles of being ignored as unobtainable, the Georgia
Green Party leaders welcomed a statement made this weekend by Roseanne
Barr, a candidate for the Green Party Presidential Nomination, in her
address to an Assembly of the DC Statehood Green Party. Following up on
a question about her support for DC Statehood, Ms. Barr told the
Statehood Green Party event, ” . . . part of why I am involved in
running as President, running as a nominee for the Green Party
candidate for the Presidency is for more ballot access, all across the
board, in all fifty states.”

“After four Presidential cycles of ignoring the ballot access needs of
Georgia by those who have sought our nomination,” said Al Herman,
treasurer of the Party and himself a past write-in candidate for the
U.S. Congress, “it is refreshing, indeed, to finally hear a
Presidential candidate taking seriously the potential to be realized by
putting the Green Party on the ballot in Georgia.”

In an effort to exclude black candidates, already excluded by the
all-white Democrat Primary of that day from the General Election as
well, the Georgia General Assembly in 1943 adopted a 5% petitioning
standard. The provision which survives to this day in the code at Title
21, Chapter 2, Section 170 et seq., served to erect the highest ballot
access barrier in both the nation and the world. Adoption of the rule
was ‘necessary’ said a member of the House leadership of the time, ‘to
keep Republicans and Communists off the Georgia ballot’. It has served
since then to deny Georgia voters the opportunity to vote for many
candidates, including some Presidential candidates who have been on as
many as 44 state ballots across the country.

“The courts have refused to revisit their erroneous decision
unsupported by the facts, in Jenness v Fortson, that 5% of voters are
needed for ‘a showing of a modicum of support’ for a candidate. This
barrier is ten times that experienced in the average state in the
country,” said Hugh Esco, a founding member of the state party who has
three times run as a write-in for public office in Georgia, and once on
the ballot in a Special Election in the 8th House District. “While
unsuccessful in challenging these unconstitutional barriers in the
courts, with the slate we’re bringing together in 2012, we hope to
rally the voting public to help us overcome them in the streets.”

“This is an exciting time to be a Green in Georgia,” said Party
Chairman Shapiro. “While rumors are already swirling about our line up
this year, we trust we will soon have news as candidates step forward
with their announcements to join our 2012 slate.”

Ronald Hardy

One Comment

  1. The Stein campaign doesn’t plan on working toward ballot access in Georgia due to the restrictive rules and cost. If Barr can work with McKinney to overcome that in Georgia it’d be a great help for Greens. I look forward to seeing Cynthia’s campaign evolve, I voted for her in 2008! Would love to see her back in Congress as a Green (she is definitely on my list of potential Money Bloom candidates for Congress). Currently I’m running a Philly GP Money Bloom for Earth Day:


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