Election 2012

Libertarians Expected to Have an Impact in Georgia

Like everybody, they're looking for something less disastrous than the usual offerings

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This fall's elections create an unusual set of circumstances that is giving the Libertarian Party more optimism than usual.

Georgia has not been hospitable to third-party candidates, unlike some states like Vermont, California, Minnesota and New York. Ballot-access laws here require party nominees other than those from the Republicans and Democrats to jump through the same hoops as an independent candidate, such as submitting signatures from 5 percent of the registered voters. In some large counties, that can be 30,000 petitions and as many as 50,000 for a congressional district.