McKinney Won’t Appear on Nov. Ballot
August 17, 2012 in General
Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney won’t be on the ballot as a Green Party candidate for the 4th District congressional seat now held by Hank Johnson.
Neither McKinney nor the Green Party presented any petititons to the Georgia Secretary of State’s (SOS) office that could have put her on the ballot, said Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the SOS office.
The SOS said she needed to collect 18,859 signatures — 5 percent of the 377,189 active and eligible voters in the 2010 open election — by Aug. 7.
Tim Fleming of the SOS has said the Green Party had to use petitions to get on the congressional ballot because the party has never garnered enough statewide votes to automatically earn a ballot spot.
Emails and voice messages to state Green Party candidates seeking comment were not returned. McKinney could not be reached.
McKinney was a six-term member of Congress as a Democrat. She made headlines by backing the PLO, questioning whether President Bush had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and being stopped by a police officer when she tried to enter the capitol.
In the November general election, Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn, a minister from Conyers.