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What Is A Christian Nation

Biblical References in Give Me Liberty Speech by Patrick Henry

HISTORICAL RECORD: Winter Months Grazing for Sheep in Bethlehem area

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The Real Lincoln - Despot

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MYTH: Too cold for shepherds to Tend Flocks in December - Part 2

Gun Control Coming to the Senate Floor on Monday

74th Anniversary of 'Gone with the Wind' premiere

The First Thanksgiving Day - flyer

The Death of Jefferson Davis - December 6 1889

Marietta Daily Journal - on The First Thanksgiving

Demonstration against Lindsey Graham & Southern demographic displacement

MYTH: Too Cold For Shepherds in December

December 4 was First Thanksgiving, in Virginia, not Plymouth

Next League Demonstrations Against Southern Demographic Displacement

Federal Government Propaganda Machine

What is wrong with Thumping the Bible?

Drones for our protection. For those who will believe anything!

Grassroots:2 -  Ballot Access defined and first step on developing campaign plan

In the previous article on this subject (See: Grassroots: How early should I start campaigning? ) we mentioned that as a non Republican/Democrat candidate your campaign or your candidate will face additional obstacles. These are referred to as ballot access obstacles. In Georgia and many other States independent candidates have to request placement on the ballot by "nominating petitions."

Ballot Access in Georgia

A "nominating petition" requires obtaining signatures from your fellow citizens that are registered to vote, asking the State (or appropriate county or municipality) to place your name on the ballot. These laws vary State to State and this article will describe the laws in Georgia. If you live in another State, check the laws by contacting your Secretary of State's office and make modifications as needed. Other States are easier, but the same principles apply on not only trying to overcome this obstacle - but turning it around and using it as a campaign resource.

For Georgia there are two ways for a non Republican/Democrat to get on the ballot:

  1. By a political body qualification petition for statewide offices only.
  2. By a candidate nominating petition

Lets briefly explain the terms and requirements of each.

Political Body qualification petition

In Georgia there are two definitions of political entities; political party and political body. A political party requires 20% or more of the vote in either the Governor or the Presidential elections. In Georgia that equates to Republican or Democrat. Every other political entity is thus a political body.

For statewide elections only a political body can achieve ballot access by submitting a qualification petition containing at least 1% of the number of registered voters (Active) in the State in the previous general election. That is roughly 38,000 "valid" signatures of registered voters. Valid means that the signature has passed the very rigorous rejection gauntlet required by section 2-170 of Georgia election code. Routinely 30% of submitted signatures are "rejected" for many reasons - both valid and invalid.

When a political body passes this petition requirement, they can then nominate by convention candidates for statewide office by convention. As long as a least 1 candidate polls 1% of the vote each general election, this status is maintained. In Georgia only the Libertarian Party has qualified to nominate by convention by this method. The Southern Party of Georgia will be announcing our first attempt shortly.

Remember this is only for statewide candidates and does not apply to Congressional, State Legislature, County or Municipal partisan elections. There is a 15 month period for gathering the petition signatures.

Candidate Nominating Petition

For independents, members of non qualified political bodies and all non statewide elections the candidate has to submit a "nominating petition." Georgia has the toughest requirement in our country, written in 1943 of 5% of the registered voters (Active) in the election district. You have a 180 day window to accomplish this requirement. Once again the validation process as it is called will reject typically 30% of the submitted signatures for various reasons - both valid and invalid.

Thus independent candidates, other than Libertarian statewide candidates, need to start their campaign as early as possible so that their petition effort can launch at full speed in the first day of the 180 day window. For 2006 the start day is around the middle of January, 2006.

Now is the time to begin getting a head start and should be a part of your campaign plan. Not only will this increase the odds of getting on the ballot but can actually give you a jump on your opponents and end up being a campaign resource. This will be covered in more detail in the next article.

Actions for potential candidates:

Your first step as a potential candidate is to get the statistics on their election districts for the office(s) that you are considering. 

  • For the petition requirements you need to get the number of active registered voters in the 2004 election. For statewide, Congress or State Legislature contact the Secretary of State, Division of Elections. For county or municipality elections contact your county elections board.
  • Other statistics or estimates that will be needed. The VAP (voting age population), total population estimates and election results from last two or three elections. These will all be considered in our suggestions on how to develop a campaign plan. There are various sources that may provide these statistics.
  • If you live in another State - get the ballot access requirements. You are lucky, they will easier than Georgia!

Actions for concerned citizens:

Now a word to those who are not considering being a candidate. If you would like additional choices on your November ballot it is largely up to you. In Georgia over half of the State House districts only had one choice last November and over a third of the State Senate and Congressional race only had one choice. And many wonder why our elected officials ignore the public more and more every election!

Isn't there something American about having a choice?

Well if you live in Georgia, you have less choice in most election districts than most countries in the world. In business we espouse the importance of open competition, but in our government we do not support competition.

Give that some thought the next time you complain about some tax or other government action. Just as potential independent candidates need to start their planning now, concerned citizens need to jump in and help those candidates locate the support they need.

In each of these articles we will list easy and simple things you, the concerned citizens, can do to promote competition in elections. For now it is very simple, just help spread the word, email this page to some of your fellow citizens who have also complained about taxes or other actions of our government. It usually is not very hard to find a few of those!

The following is the subject from Local Victory Newsletter being discussed. We recommend all potential candidates subscribe to this free newsletter.

The Two Most Frequently Asked Questions About Grassroots Politics
by Joe Garecht

This article appeared in the May 15, 2002 issue of the Local Victory Newsletter

Local Victory receives over 300 e-mails per month asking questions on winning local elections.  The majority of these questions deal with grassroots politics � organizing a district, conducting canvasses, etc. 

In this article, we�re taking a look at the two most frequently asked questions we receive: 

1.  How early should I start campaigning?

This is one of the most common questions for first-time candidates and campaign managers.  The short answer is: it�s never too early to

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start.  There are always activities you can carry-out to help your campaign or future campaign.  Even if the election is four years away, you can be out meeting people, talking with leaders and activists, building an organization and writing your campaign plan.

Of course, you don�t want to announce your candidacy or run advertisements too far in advance of the campaign.  While the best time to start these activities varies by place, election and strategy, they generally should never take place before the last election before yours is complete (November of the year before the your election) and in all but the biggest and/or best funded races should not take place before January of the year of your election.

When deciding when to start running advertisements, remember to wait until people are paying attention to the campaign or ready to start paying attention � if you run ads and no one cares, you are wasting your campaign�s precious fundraising dollars.


If you have some interest in A Real Choice for the people of Georgia, the following articles may be of interest:

Part 1 Many ask, "Why a Southern Party �?"

Part 2 The Southern Party: Strengths and Weaknesses

Part 3 The Southern Party: A Plan for 2006 Election Cycle

Part 4 The Southern Party: We need your help

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