Below is a press release from the National Green Party. Note it quotes Richard Winger regarding Georgia’s onerous ballot access requirements.
Georgia Greens Welcome McKinney’s Entry to Race
Green Party to meet in Nominating Convention June 2nd
Following weeks of rumors and media reports about her intentions,
Stone Mountain, Georgia resident Cynthia McKinney, a six term member
of the U.S. Congress and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of
the United States has filed an FEC-2 “Statement of Candidacy.” In
this filing she declares her intention to seek the nomination of the
Georgia Green Party for Congress of the United States.
“Greens welcome Ms. McKinney’s entry into the race,” said Adam
Shapiro, chair of the Georgia Green Party. “We hope we can work
together to restore to the Fourth Congressional District leadership
committed to expeditiously ending this nation’s illegal and immoral
The Georgia Green Party will convene its Nominating Convention on
Saturday June 2nd, 2012, from 10am till 4pm at the Tucker-Reid H.
Cofer Public Library; 5234 LaVista Road; Tucker, GA 30084. This
Convention is expected to consider endorsing former state party
cochair Denice Traina in her bid for election to the nonpartisan
Augusta-Richmond County commission. In addition, the Party
anticipates considering the nominations of both Ms. McKinney in her
bid for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District and Kwabena Nkromo who
has announced his intention to seek the Party’s nomination for the
State Assembly in District #57.
In addition to securing the support of Delegates to the June 2nd
Convention, in order to appear as Greens on the Georgia ballot, these
partisan candidates are also required to file petitions with
signatures representing 5% of the number of voters who are registered
and eligible to vote in November’s General Election. This ballot
access standard is ten times the national average and according to
Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, constitutes the highest
barrier to participation in the world, when comparing all countries
which conduct contested elections. The filing deadline is in 76 days.
“We will not succeed in placing Green candidates on the Georgia ballot
without the participation of citizens willing to carry our ballot
access petitions,” said Al Herman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia
Party. “We face an near-impossible barrier and a short timeline.
We’re inviting Greens and others from around the nation to come to
Georgia to help us surmount these barriers. We’re asking Greens in
Georgia to open their homes to host our out-of-state volunteers.”
The Georgia Green Party has organized since before its first filing
with the Secretary of State in 1996. The Party organizes to inject
Green values of peace and non-violence, social justice, grassroots
democracy and ecological wisdom into the public policy making process.