Last month, federal judge Richard W. Story struck down Georgia's petition requirement for independent and unqualified parties. The current law establishes a requirement for valid signatures totaling 1% of registered voters in the last year that the office was elected — which today is nearly 50,000 signatures. As explained by Richard Winger, the ruling holds the promise to be a huge breakthrough for fair ballot access.
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