From the Press Release:
Bill Bozarth, independent candidate for the State House District 54 seat (currently held by Edward Lindsey), announces that he has passed the 1,000 mark in his effort to gain the signatures needed to be on the ballot as an Independent in the November general election.
Georgia’s election laws require Independent candidates to petition registered voters of the district, to get ballot access. Signatures of five percent of the registered voters in the district are required to be gathered in a 180-day period from January to July. Based on voter data supplied by the Secretary of State, the number of valid signatures needed for House District 54 is 1776 – a propitious number for an Independent candidate. Bozarth’s campaign headquarters received its thousandth signature last week.
Over 50 volunteers have helped reach this milestone. The campaign collects signatures in three ways: the candidate and campaign staff personally going door-to-door; Bill’s in-district supporters contacting their neighbors; and scheduled weekend outings with volunteer teams canvassing across the district. Bozarth says:
This is the very essence of grassroots politics. It’s fun, and the almost-daily interaction with folks in the district keeps us in touch with what’s important to the voters. I am honored by the help I have received from my close friends and neighbors in reaching the thousand signature mark. We are on track to exceed our required number by a wide margin. While I have served in the community for years, this is the first time I have gone to my neighbors asking them to support me for elected office. The door-to-door experience has reaffirmed my belief that people are tired of petty partisanship. I think they are ready for something different.
The campaign will continue to gather signatures until the July deadline, when the focus will shift to the November election.