Georgia’s restrictive laws passed in the Dixiecrat era 70 years ago protect Republicans and Democrats from competition at the ballot box.  Those laws kept the Green Party off the ballot yet again this year, obliging voters to have to cast write-in votes this November.

If Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka receive the votes of one percent of registered Georgia voters, a number equivalent to a little less than two percent of the vote, we win ballot access for state-wide Georgia Green candidates in 2018 for the first time ever.  It also strengthens our hand in Court where we will continue to challenge these unconstitutional barriers to our meaningful participation in our own government.  Voting Green is not a protest vote.  It’s a vote to build something we’ve never had, a party of the 99%, not run by or responsible to the billionaires.

Voters in the entire state of Georgia use the same voting machines, so we have a Downloadable How To Cast A Write In Vote For Stein-Baraka in Georgia Leaflet… Click here to see it…   

We need volunteers to work on the early voting period too, which begins Oct 17 and ends the Friday before election day, and to distribute campaign materials, signs and bumper stickers.   Check the Facebook pages of the Georgia Green Party and those of county parties for more information.

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.