APN) ATLANTA — Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is planning to run for Georgia’s 4th US Congressional seat as a member of the Green Party, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.
McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some 18,860 petition signatures, which are required under Georgia’s extremely restrictive ballot access laws for independent and minor party candidates.
Georgia currently requires independent and minor party candidates for non-statewide offices such as US House District seats to gather signatures from five percent of the registered voters in the District. In the 4th District, 18,860 signatures are five percent of the 377,189 registered voters in the District.
Given that she’s planning to run as a Green Party Candidate, Congressman Hank Johnson is most likely safe from this as a serious challenge. That said, anyone taking Ms. Mckinney seriously (sorry, had trouble typing that with a straight face) may want to look at whether she meets Georgia’s residency requirements before spending a lot of time trying to clear the hurdle of ballot access requirements for the Green Party.