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Georgia Latest State To Deny Stein Ballot Access

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Tuesday Green Party nominee Jill Stein failed to obtain enough signatures to be on the ballot in November.

The state could only verify 5,925 signatures. Green Party officials claim they submitted many more than the state required 7,000. Local campaign staff claims vary, some arguing that 10,000 signatures were submitted, with others claiming 16,000 were submitted.

“We exceeded the amount [of required signatures] by quite a bit,” Green Party activist Greg Dixon told reporters in July when the signatures were filed with the state. “In the next two weeks, we’re going to have a celebration and a party.”

“All I can say is we’re really disappointed,” Stein ballot access coordinator Rick Lass told reporters. “A lot of people worked really hard for months on this petition drive.”

Stein is currently on the ballot in 27 states. There are five other states in which the campaign filed signatures to gain ballot access, which could bring that number up to 32.

Stein polls at around 1 or 2 percent in the stateside polling, compared to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s consistent 9 to 10 percent. Johnson is on the ballot in 40 states, and has petitions filed with the remaining 10 states.

Recent independent candidate Evan McMullin announced last week he had plans in place to gain access to ballots in all 50 states, some of which included talking with party officials in other third party organizations to utilize their resources. McMullin is only officially on two states’ s ballots, Colorado and Utah.

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