Our Republican and Democratic foes have collaborated over the years to keep us off the ggp_logo03ballot with restrictive laws requiring petitions with the signatures of thousands or tens of thousands of voters. It looks like our state’s restrictive ballot access laws will deprive Georgia voters of the chance to see the Green Party on the ballot this November too. On August 13 the Georgia Secretary of State ruled the number of signatures submitted by the Georgia Green Party to be almost 1,600 short of the temporarily reduced requirement of 7,500.  So the Georgia Green Party’s candidates won’t be on the ballot this November.

We have an ongoing suit in federal court, in which the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Georgia’s petitioning requirements unconstitutional. The court instructed the legislature to lower the barriers when it meets in 2017.  Meanwhile Georgia is using your tax dollars to appeal that ruling and protect the two capitalist parties from competition.  The Green party may file an additional lawsuit in state court challenging the unfair restrictions to ballot access, particularly the laws which now make the qualifying threshold for candidates in local offices five times as high as those the court has already ruled unconstitutional for statewide offices.

stein-and-baraka01The Georgia Green Party is fully committed to waging a write-in candidacy for our presidential and vice-presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

Our minimum goal is to get 70,000 write-in votes for Stein and Baraka in Georgia this November, which will under the existing laws go a long way toward enabling Georgia voters to run for local office as Greens and to cast their votes for Green candidates for the state legislature and for county offices as well.

The Georgia Green Party is also committed to defeating Governor Deal’s cynically misnamed “Opportunity School District” or OSD constitutional amendment, which appears on the November ballot as well.

The OSD amendment is designed to privatize a large chunk of Georgia’s public schools, creating a windfall profit for the operators and contractors of charter schools, which use public funds with no semblance of public accountability. 

The OSD amendment creates a floating school district encompassing the entire state in which the governor can create 20 privately run charter schools each year for 5 years. These new charter schools will take public funds away from public schools, but will be accountable to nobody except the governor’s appointees and the private companies who run them. The governor gets to name all the officials in this new school district, and the state agency which oversees the new district will itself pass into private hands at the end of 2018 when Governor Deal leaves office.