Recently, a citizen voter’s petition was turned down by an unelected branch of the government. The citizens were denied the right to petition the government by the government.
Put in this perspective, the recent Cherokee County Board of Elections decision to deny Jeffery Amason’s petition to get on the ballot for the Georgia House 21st District is shameful.
It was denied not because of an elections law violation, but due to an obscure part of the notary regulations. The BoE didn’t verify the signatures of the petitioners, they denied it on the basis that the notarization was insufficient.
How many hours of research did the BoE pay attorneys for this discovery? So taxpayer citizens get a double-whammy. First their petition is denied, then they get to pay the legal fees for that denial through taxes. I think government has gone too far.
It reminds me of a statement attributed to the infamous communist Joseph Stalin. To paraphrase: It doesn’t count who votes, it matters who counts the votes.
The will of the citizens via the petition doesn’t matter to the BoE, what matters to them is any administrative trick to disqualify the citizen petition. It is a sorry situation when the local government starts to act like dictators. They think they are our masters and disregard basic rights.
Please call your local county commissioner, the BoE and the district attorney. The BoE action is at very least un-American, if not unconstitutional.
Denying citizens right to petition is unconscionable. I hope each reader will each do something to protect their own liberties.