Norwood files lawsuit in state court

Mary Norwood is taking her case to state court:

On July 22, Mary Norwood, independent candidate for Chair of the Fulton County (Georgia) Commission, filed a lawsuit in state court in Atlanta. The case is Norwood v Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, 2010-cv-188643. A state law requires her to have paid her filing fee by noon on July 2, even though the petition was not due until July 13. She did pay the fee on July 2, but at 4:40 p.m. The lawsuit argues that substantial compliance should control this situation.

Meanwhile, county elections officials are checking her petition to see if she has the needed 22,500 (approximately) signatures. She submitted approximately 33,000.

Georgia law has very few precedents on substantial compliance for independent candidate petitions. The requirements are so difficult, it is rare for anyone to even try to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in Georgia. No independent candidate petitions requiring as many as 22,000 valid signatures have succeeded in Georgia since Georgia first started requiring petitions for independent candidates in 1943, except for two independent presidential petitions, those of John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992.

Unlike some other ballot access cases filed in Georgia, Norwood actually had the signatures, though presented them too late to file.


  1. Progressive Dem says:

    The rap against Norwood was that she was not detail oriented. That kind of came home to roost when she missed the deadline for submitting the signatures by 4 hours. It’s a shame, but the deadline is the deadline.

  2. Romegaguy says:

    In an unrelated news story, Oxendine just found 325,000 people that wanted to vote for him but all went to vote Wednesday instead of Tuesday…

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