How do we get the Constitution Party on the ballot? We need 7,500 certified signatures of registered Georgia voters to qualify for a place on the November 3rd ballot. Some of the petition signatures will be invalid due to errors, so our goal is to collect a total of 10,000 signatures.
In 2016 the Constitution Party of Georgia (CP-GA) and the Green Party of Georgia won a landmark federal lawsuit that dramatically reduced the petitioning requirements for the party’s presidential candidate on the Georgia ballot from over 55,000 signatures to 7,500. Although the timing of the court ruling delayed our start we were able to collect nearly 5,000 signatures in about three months. This time we have the full six months to achieve our goal of having our party represented on the 2020 ballot. If a statewide candidate gets just 2% of the vote the CP-GA can run candidates for any statewide office in the next election without petitioning, greatly raising the party’s profile in state politics and positioning the party as a mainstream choice for Georgia voters.
Based on our previous 2016 experience we have determined the best locations, techniques and script to make this process less cumbersome for our petition circulators to achieve success. We need your help in two different ways to kick off this campaign. First, we need your donation towards our $15,000 goal to fund the petitioning effort to collect a significant number of the signatures needed. Secondly we need your volunteer assistance to help in the petitioning process.
Can you be a circulator? Choose your level of participation and we'll deliver a Petition Kit with promotional materials to you; we'll ask for a small donation to cover the cost of materials and postage. Click one of the following levels:
- Bronze Level - 20 signatures per volunteer circulator
- Silver Level - 100 signatures per volunteer circulator
- Gold Level - 100 signatures per volunteer with circulator teams at events
- Platinum Level - 300+ signatures per paid part-time circulator
The Kit includes a short script to guide you in asking for signatures; it'll show you how to get a signature from a voter in three minutes.
How do I support a petition circulator? If you cannot volunteer collecting petition signatures then your donation will sponsor a full-time circulator to collect petitioner signatures. These donations support the most time-efficient means to accomplish our goal of winning ballot access.
- Bronze Level – $10 supports the collection of 8 signatures
- Silver Level – $25 supports the collection of 20 signatures
- Gold Level – $50 supports the collection of 40 signatures
- Platinum Level - $125 will support the collection of 100 signatures
- Diamond Level - $250 will support the collection of 200 signatures
FACT: A successful ballot access drive is the most important thing we can do to raise awareness of the CP-GA and attract Georgia voters. In 2016 we saw party donations increase 9-fold and the number of volunteers increase 6-fold compared to 2015 which allowed us to make as much progress as we did towards ballot access in ten weeks!
How else can I help? We also need administrative help: phone calling and remote office work. Click here to volunteer!
What is the deadline for volunteers to turn in their petitions? Completed and notarized petitions must be postmarked by June 20th.
Contact Elections Director Garland Favorito at (404) 664-4044 if you have questions related to petitioning.
Summertime is here! Children are out of school. Memorial Day gave us opportunity to remember those who gave their last measure of devotion to our nation. And frustrations with the Republican-Democrat duopoly continue to heat up. Hard questions are being asked about whether the duopoly actually represents what they tell the voters. Devoted partisan activists are faced with their political party’s rejection of values they hold dear. Now is the time for a separate, unique, and distinct political party, and as ballot access petition signer remarked this is the year the Constitution Party can build it from the grassroots up!
In this month’s Update we highlight the upcoming 2016 State Convention on Friday evening, June 10th in McDonough, and the status of ballot access efforts in Georgia from Ballot Access Coordinator Carolyn Cosby. This month's articles address topics of Georgia electoral politics, discuss the criteria for voting, training your politician (instead of the other way around), and the proper role of the courts in applying the law. These are also available on the state party website, and speak to a number of current discussions surrounding politics.
Howard Phillips' political philosophy promoted the basic principles of Christian civil government. This cannot be achieved by duopoly reform groups like the Democratic Pro-Life Caucus, the various TEA Party groups, or the Republican Assembly, but rather by the Constitution Party of Georgia (CP-Ga) working to build a multifaceted network of like-minded supporters and organizations to achieve specific political ends with a multi-generational vision to build. True spiritual revival in our communities provides the soil in which the CP-Ga can thrive. The party’s expansion will be paced with the growth of a constituency that will vote for representatives who have the courage to implement the party's principles.
Currently all of the party’s elected officials around the country are serving in local offices. Here's the long game: our presidential campaign attracts voters, building our base of support. This positions us to win battles over the next four years in our communities!
With a vision of victory,
In This Update
- 2016 State Convention featuring Presidential Candidate Darrell Castle
- June Ballot Access Update
- Will Alternative Parties on the Ballot Help Get Clinton Elected in Georgia?
- Ask These Questions Before Voting
- How to Train Your Politician
- Political Capital
- Building the Supporter Pipeline
- Upcoming Events
“Why aren’t there any Constitution Party candidates on the ballot?” Here’s why…
Georgians cannot run as a candidate for a partisan office in any standard election unless they circulate ballot access petitions or run as a Democrat or Republican. Today Georgia currently requires roughly 22,000 signatures of registered voters for an independent candidate to place their name on the ballot for a U.S Congressional race, and roughly 60,000 signatures for a statewide race.
Compared to other states Georgia has the worst state ballot accessibility for alternative political parties:
- The barrier required by Georgia that a party must receive 20% of votes cast in the previous gubernatorial or presidential race to run a full slate of candidates is ten times the national median of about 2%.
- Georgia is one of the worst in the nation at political party qualification having no alternative parties qualifying in the last 25 years.
- Georgia is one of only two states that does not qualify all of the party nominees in the next election when a candidate of a party meets ballot access requirements.
As a result of Georgia’s overly restrictive ballot access laws, in 2016 81% of all state legislature races have only one candidate! During the Civil Rights Movement it was understood that the right to vote without the right to vote for your candidate was useless! When both major political parties work together to violate your God-given unalienable rights your voice is shut out.
But you have the ability to help change that by assisting Constitution Party (CP-Ga) candidates to get on the ballot by volunteering to sign or circulate a ballot access petition today!
By signing up you acknowledge that you are a registered Georgia voter. When there is an election in your area with a CP-Ga candidate the CP-Ga will contact you to help with a ballot access petition effort. You are not legally bound to sign any ballot access petition or vote for only Constitution Party candidates. You will receive petition updates from the CP-Ga based on party activity in your area. You can unsubscribe from these updates at any time.
Join your fellow concerned neighbors who want to see the Founders’ principles of life and liberty restored by supporting candidates who will fight for our Constitutional rights.
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Dr. J. David Gillespie, a former professor and vice president of academic affairs at Presbyterian College, teaches political parties and third-party politics at the College of Charleston. He authored two books on third parties, more recently Challengers to Duopoly: Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics. Though Gillespie's article focuses on ballot access inequity in South Carolina, this systemic problem is just as pervasive in Georgia.
From TheState.com - February 23, 2015
Retrieved March 2, 2015
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