Georgia Senate Bill 359, sponsored by Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth), was introduced and referred to the Ethics Committee on February 4.
What is Senate Bill 359? Well, I’m glad you asked. SB 359 (in a nutshell), if passed, would open the state’s ballots to any political party that receives the support of at least 1 percent of voters in a statewide race. The current percentage stands at 20 percent, which seems almost insurmountable. There are other means by which a candidate may get one’s name on the ballot, if they don’t meet the 20 percent, but that’s not really the issue. The issue is the right of other political parties to have their candidates’ names on the official ballot.
The Libertarian Party endorsed SB 359 yesterday and I suspect many more grass-roots type parties will follow. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to this bill as it progresses through the Senate and on to the House (if it makes it that far).