It’s frightening and discouraging how difficult it is in our “Two-Party System” for alternate candidates to be heard.
The Board of Elections and the Secretary of State’s office are controlled by the “ruling” party.
In Georgia, Democrats and Republicans forged an unusual bipartisan pact in the laws concerning third-party access to ballots. Court battles followed so that statewide candidates must obtain signatures from 1 percent of eligible voters in order to appear on the ballot.
Due to court victories and rulings, Libertarians can (currently) vie for statewide office just like the two “major” parties’ candidates.
Not so for local offices, like the House District 21 race, where the incumbent will run unopposed unless Jeff Amason’s efforts are successful.
Amason, like all local “minority party” candidates must obtain signatures from 5 percent of eligible voters. Amason and his volunteers did that and more, but the Secretary of State has ruled that Amason’s petitions are invalid, due to (deliberate?) inconsistencies and vagueness in the notary laws.
Amason must fight in court to even appear on the ballot. To my way of thinking, no candidate should ever run unopposed.
If you’re happy about the stranglehold the D’s and the R’s have on our political system, then this won’t worry you much.
But if, like me, you’d like to have more choice in government leaders — whether they be Independent, Libertarian, Green Party or other non-career politicians — you’ll support Jeff Amason’s effort to give the voters a choice on Nov. 4 and beyond.