Fulton County, Norwood headed to court

Mary Norwood heads to court on Wednesday:

On Wednesday, June 30, a Georgia Superior Court in Atlanta will hear Norwood v Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, the case over whether to invalidate 9,000 signatures collected by independent candidate Mary Norwood. She is running for President of the Fulton County Commission, a partisan post. She needs approximately 22,000 valid signatures by July 13.

The petition form is provided by election officials. It asks not only for the name and address of each signer, but for the county. Norwood had asked permission, and received it, to make her own petition blanks with “Fulton” pre-printed in the county column. She had found that, otherwise, some signers put “Yes” in the county column, and others put ditto marks.

4 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    The point of the petition requirement is not to let voters get independents on the ballot, it’s to keep anyone not running as a Republican or Democrat off, so of course they will be thrown out.

  2. Sheesh, after the “Vote-For-Anybody-But-The-White-Chick!” mailers than the Democratic Party sent out during the mayoral election, I’m not sure why Norwood clings so tightly to the non-partisan label. The hardcore Dems already see her as Republicans anyway, the hardcore Republicans already love her because of the Dems hating her, and I’m not sure that independents really care one way or the other at this point. Just declare an affiliation and take the organizational support and ballot access.

  3. PoliticalOutsider says:

    I don’t see why this should be a problem. Georgia’s ballot access laws are absurd.

  4. Melb says:

    I signed a petition to allow her on the ballot as an (I) at screen on the green last Thursday. I had to fill in my name and address in addition to writing ‘Fulton’ down. So even if she loses this legal battle she has already changed how she is collecting signatures/filling out the forms so that no more will be invalidated.

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