Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ballot Access Relief in Connecticut, Georgia and New York Didn’t Help Any Statewide Candidates

Ballot Access News

In Connecticut, Georgia, and New York, ballot access relief due to the health crisis was granted, either by Governors or by courts. But the relief wasn’t enough in any of those three states to help any petitions for statewide office, for either minor parties or independents.

In Connecticut, the Governor had cut the number from 7,500 to 5,250, but no one submitted a statewide petition. The only statewide office in Connecticut this year is President. The only presidential candidates who will be on the ballot are from the four parties that were already ballot-qualified for that office: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green.

In Georgia, the state legislature extended the petition deadline a month, and a U.S. District Court cut the presidential petition from 7,500 to 5,250, but neither improvement made any difference in statewide races. No statewide or U.S. House petition succeeded. The only presidential candidates who will be on are the nominees of the ballot-qualified Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties.

In New York, the Governor had cut the number from 30,000 to 15,000, but no statewide petition succeeded. There is no other statewide race in New York this year. The qualified parties are Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Green, Working Families, Libertarian, Independence, and SAM.

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