Secretary of State’s office spokesman Jared Thomas said the Libertarian’s nomination petition was disqualified Wednesday because Amason’s wife acted as a notary, circulator and signer of the petition.
“Georgia law provides that ‘no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized,” Thomas said.
But Amason said his campaign staff was “diligent in following the letter of the law for ballot access petitioning.”
“We have a different interpretation of that clause,” Amason said Thursday. “Our notary never notarized her own signature.”
Amason said he will continue to fight for his chance to run in the House District 21 race this November, and said he is considering legal action.
“We are evaluating our legal position according to the code,” Amason said. “It will be a challenge to that portion of the code that they say disqualifies us. If we do file an action, it will be filed within the next week.”
Thomas said Thursday the Secretary of State’s office had not received formal notice from Amason of legal action.
“We have received some informal communication from Mr. Amason,” Thomas added.
Amason said he and his campaign staff were not surprised the Secretary of State’s office found a technical issue with the petition. What surprised Amason was the issue that was found, he said.
“Due to the amount of hurdles that candidates such as myself have to jump over, it is not uncommon for the Secretary of State’s office to either find some technicality, or to have a disproportionate amount of signatures disqualified due to legibility or matching issues,” Amason explained. “We were expecting issues to rise around the striking of voter names … But we did not expect this.”
Amason said he and his campaign staff were “very troubled” by the Secretary of State’s denial of his nomination petition.
“We had almost 2,700 people sign the petition,” Amason said. “We know we had enough to get on the ballot.”
Amason said people who signed his petition did so because they wanted “a choice in November.”
“I’m not asking to be placed in the Georgia House of Representatives based on this petition. I’m simply asking for the opportunity to be on the ballot in November so that the voters in the district can vote up or down on me and the oppos-ition,” Amason said. “My opponent has no opposition on the ballot.”
Amason said if he doesn’t get on the ballot, it will take away choice for voters in his district.
“The voters have spoken very loudly that they want choice in November, and I respect that voice of the voters,” Amason said. “We want to respond to that. This fight isn’t over.”