from Ballot Access News
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Story on Impending U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act
The June 21 Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this story on the impending decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of part of the Voting Rights Act. That decision could come on June 22, and must come no later than June 29.
It is a sad commentary that Georgia’s Secretary of State can say that Georgia has no voting rights problems, when Georgia has kept all minor party candidates for U.S. House off the ballot in regularly-scheduled elections ever since 1943. Even the Libertarian Party, which is recognized as a qualified party for statewide office only, has never been allowed to place a candidate for U.S. House on the ballot in a regularly-scheduled election (the requirements for special elections are far easier, and a Libertarian once ran in a special election for US House).
Georgia also has a voting rights problem with its statewide ballot access laws. No statewide minor party or independent candidate petition has succeeded in Georgia since 2000.
Part of the reason that Secretary of State Karen Handel can say that Georgia has no voting rights problems is that the minor parties in Georgia have not been actively agitating about the problem.