March 5, 2003

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U.S. Supreme Court to Review Georgia’s Ballot Access Laws

Georgia’s ballot access petitioning requirement for district and county office is a whopping 5% of the total number of registered voters. For U.S. House races, this requirement is so high that no third party has ever managed to comply with it in the 59 years the law has existed. On March 7, thanks to an appeal by the Libertarian Party (Cartwright v Perdue), the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear testimony about the Georgia law. This ballot access appeal is the strongest presented to the U.S. Supreme Court since 1968.