Monday, June 28, 2010

Norwood ballot case hits court Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Mary Norwood's legal battle with Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves and the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections lands in Superior Court on Wednesday.

At issue: the validity of some of the petition signatures Norwood's campaign collected to get her name on the ballot in November as an independent candidate for the seat currently held by Eaves. Norwood needs 22,598 valid signatures (equal to five percent of Fulton County's registered voters) to get her name on the ballot. Without those signatures, residents who want to vote for her will have to write her name on their ballot manually.

Eaves says approximately 9,000 of the signatures Norwood collected are invalid because the word "Fulton" was pre-printed instead of handwritten.

Norwood says that, because it's a one-county election, she obtained written permission from the board of elections to pre-print the word "Fulton" on the petitions.

(H/T Jason Pye for the link to the story about the court date)

I know approximately jack and squat about the relevant law here, but it's clearly in Eaves political interest to keep Norwood's name off the ballot if he can, just as its in Norwood's interest to get her name on. Write-ins get far fewer votes than candidates whose names are printed on the ballots.

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