Amason requests expedited hearing for absentee ballot
by Jessicah Peters
August 07, 2014 12:38 AM | 2286 views | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In attempt to have his name printed on the absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 general election, Libertarian Jeff Amason announced Tuesday he had filed an emergency request with the Fulton County Superior Court to accelerate his hearing.

Amason said he decided to fight for his chance to run in the state House District 21 race and filed his case with the Fulton County Superior Court seeking mandamus relief to compel the Georgia Secretary of State’s Election Division to put his name on the ballot.

The Libertarian’s nomination petition was disqualified in July because Amason’s wife acted as a notary, circulator and signer of the petition.

According to Cherokee County Board of Elections interim supervisor Kim Stancil, the deadline to print the absentee ballot is at noon Aug. 29. Amason filed an emergency request with the court to hold the hearing as soon as possible.

“The emergency request makes the court aware of the deadline at the Cherokee County Elections Office and reasoning why my hearing should be expedited in order for me to meet that deadline. Kim Stancil at the Elections Office said I have until Aug. 29 to get my information into her. That’s less than 24 days away,” Amason said Wednesday. “I have not heard back from the court yet, but definitely expect to.”

Secretary of State’s office spokesman Jared Thomas confirmed July 23 that Amason’s nomination petition failed, after 225 of 228 pages of the petition were disqualified due to a violation of Georgia law that states “no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized.”

Amason submitted his petition to the Secretary of State’s office July 8, and said at the time he had collected 2,700 signatures — hundreds more than he would have needed to get on the ballot.

If the Fulton County Superior Court upholds the Secretary of State’s decision, Amason’s name will not be placed on the ballot and Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) will run unopposed.

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GA Voter
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August 27, 2014
The Libertarians make up an extra small percentage of the voting population which means they would probably fail to get elected.

When they reach 20% they can sway the State Legislative to change the law.

Secondly, no matter how much you whine, Amason is an Attorney and has run for State Rep before (see his website).

So do not whine that he did not follow the law and now wants a special "Exemption" for his wife as his notary.

Really???
anonymous
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August 07, 2014
The waste of tax dollars started with the fact that the verification of the petitioning has to happen AT ALL for a party that runs candidates in statewide races (for example: Libertarian Andrew Hunt for GA Governor in 2014) and whose 2012 Libertarian Presidential candidate was on the ballot in 48 states (Michigan and Oklahoma being the 2 exceptions).

Certainly not all of the people and maybe not even most of the people who signed the petition would've voted for the Libertarian. But over 2700 people said that at the very least all they want is a choice on the ballot.

If the petition wasn't disqualified for this reason then another reason would've been sought and found as the Republicans in Georgia seem to have a vested interest in disallowing citizens a choice at the ballot box.
Libertarian Voter
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August 07, 2014
I do not know why a third party has to go through this process to get their name on the ballot. Where is our freedom to vote for who we want on the ballot? Where is our freedom to have our party on the ballot? Again, our freedom is being taken away little by little!
Democrat Voter
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August 27, 2014
Its the State Law.

No one is taking your freedom away.

Grow up.

Your party is less than 5% of voters.
anonymous
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August 07, 2014
What a waste of our tax dollars!!! The rules and the law were very clear that you cannot sign and also notarize the petition. Why should we pay because he failed to follow the law!
JLayfield85
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August 07, 2014
It's ridiculous how third party candidates have to petition to get their name on the ballot for any election. The libertarian Party, as well as other denomination of parties, should be allowed to have the same access as republicans and democrats. The scheme to prevent such third party competition is just wrong for those who want to voice differ between the two parties. Republicans and democrats just want the voters in their back pocket. It's injustice for us who want true liberty.
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