Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GA Libertarian cut from ballot due to "notary error"

Libertarian candidate sues state for ballot access | www.ajc.com - Nicholas Fouriezos, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

August 5, 2014 - "A Libertarian candidate has sued after he was left off the ballot to challenge State Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Spings, due to a notary error.

"Jeff Amason filed a lawsuit last week to gain a spot on the ballot. He also announced plans to file Tuesday for an emergency motion in Fulton County Superior Court, to make sure the case is addressed before state law requires the ballot to be printed on Aug. 29.

"The Georgia Engineering Foundation president had collected 1,800 valid petition signatures, enough to be placed on the ballot.

"However, Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office disqualified the majority of those signatures.
That’s because Amason’s wife served as a notary and distributor of many of the petition’s pages, Kemp said, which she also signed. That would seemingly go against a Georgia law which requires that 'no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized.'

"Amason disagrees with Kemp’s reading of the law, saying that a conflicting notary statute made the signatures valid.

He also said the interpretation was made to restrict third-party candidates."

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/libertarian-candidate-sues-state-for-ballot-access/ngwFf/

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