If the anti-Donald Trump crowd decides to back a third-party contender in the race for the White House, the bar to get on the ballot in Georgia just got a lot lower. From the Daily Report:
U.S. District Judge Richard Story’s March 17 order in the four-year-old case brought by Georgia’s Green Party and Constitution Party would significantly lower the qualifying threshold for third-party candidates seeking a place on this year’s presidential ballot.
Randy Evans, a Dentons partner in Atlanta who is also a member of the Republican National Committee’s rules committee, called Story’s order “particularly noteworthy” given that it “comes at a time when institutional powerbrokers are meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the creation of another party should Donald Trump become the GOP nominee.”
Atlanta attorney Doug Chalmers, who served as counsel to Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, concurred, calling the timing of Story’s order “extremely interesting given the discussion going on nationally among Republicans who are dissatisfied with Trump as the potential nominee.”
The ruling, handed down Thursday, strikes the requirement that political organizations must collect signatures from 1 percent of the state’s registered voters – that’s more than 50,000 signees – to get on the ballot. The new bar is just 7,500 signatures, though the judge said that could be overwritten by state lawmakers.
The odds are long for that happening this year – there are but two days left in the legislative session.
Insider’s Note: A version of this story ran in the Morning Jolt.