McKinney Won’t Appear on Nov. Ballot

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.

Parts of the 4th District include Decatur, Avondale Estates, Stone Mountain and Lithonia.

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.



  1. hi upstart green what deal didnt work please could you elaborate if you know something thats not been posted on the blog. i guess it would be interesting to know what attempt was made to get cynthia on the ballot and why it didnt work but i think thats a private matter for the activists involved untill and if they decide to make any lessons public. meanwhile more needs to be done to hightlight to the rest of the world and american citizens that you cant have a proper democracy with out fair and equal ballot access laws.
    Ive written before and i will write again even though a winner takes all system is not ideal the uk and canada both have multi party systems even with winner takes all.
    no demand for changing the voting system will come with out strong third parties and the biggest obstacle to that is the drain on the energy of third parties by the ballot acess laws.

  2. They should have hired me. She would have been on the ballot. I am running as an independent for Congress in Indiana. I gathered enough signatures but the Voter’s registration board won’t count them. We are waiting for a hearing on our appeal.

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