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.