Today, a major step was taken to ensure that the American republic will afford equal opportunity for all registered voters in the state of Georgia to participate in elections.
The Libertarian Party of Georgia has joined candidates and voters to file a lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp to allow the party and its candidates access to election ballots.
Georgia’s ballot-access restrictions unconstitutionally burden the rights of candidates and voters under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
As stated in the court filing:
“Plaintiff Martin Cowen is a prospective political-body candidate in Georgia’s Thirteenth Congressional District. He meets all of the qualifications for the office of U.S. Representative and wants to appear on the general-election ballot as the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Georgia. Plaintiff Allen Buckley is a registered voter in Georgia’s Thirteenth Congressional District. He wants to vote for Martin Cowen as the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s nominee for the office of U.S. Representative in his district.”
Yet, Secretary of State Brian Kemp will not allow my name to appear on the ballot without gaining over 20,000 signatures. This requirement is not imposed on candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties and has disenfranchised voters in my district.
Martin Cowen said, “Our democracy only works if voters have a real choice on the ballot”.
It is important to note that voters in Georgia’s 13th congressional district have not had a choice on the ballot since 2012 as no Republican candidate has qualified. Voters in the 13th congressional district cannot have their voices heard unless then have a real choice on the ballot. Without a choice, voters have no voice.
Martin Cowen can be reached at the following.
Cowen for Congress
8188 Pembrook Terrace
Jonesboro, GA 30236