Sunday, February 21, 2010

Which Ballot Access Bill is the Best for Georgia?

Hey Kids,

We've been fiddling with Post-It flow charts over here at the Secret Underground Libertarian Command Center (LCC) as we try to figure out which of the current crop of ballot access bills in the hopper over at the Capitol does the most work for Liberty in Georgia.

There's SB 359 offering the Libertarian's the ability to run candidates for any office in Georgia without petitioning as well as the Fusion Candidate Idea.

HB 1141 that drastically reduces the number of petition signatures required, but does not give a pass to the Libertarians like SB 359 does.

HB 1257 which does away with petitioning for any and everyone but keeps the filing fees for Congressional and US Senate races at their current levels. To run for US Senate will cost you about $5200.00 in filing fees alone Kids. That's a hell of a filter.

So which one does the most work for the cause of Liberty?

The Post-It flow chart indicates that HB 1257 is the one to back in terms of the most Liberty per buck, but it's probably the least likely to pass if it ever gets out of committee because it really would open the floodgates. SB 359 favors the Libertarian Party because we've been running Statewide Candidates for decades and have always exceeded the minimum percentage required to maintain our status but it does nothing for any other third party that wants to get in the game in Georgia. HB 1141 is a step in the right direction, but does not recognize the fact that the Libertarians have been working hard in Georgia for the last 20 years. We are not playing political party, we are one.

Looks like we'll shuffle the Post-Its around for a few more days and decide which bill gets the focus here in Liberty Land. If any of the readership wants to weigh in, put up a comment or two.

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