With the recent mid-term election now in the history books, politics may not be front and center on everyone’s minds.
However, in the political world there always seems to be something brewing, be it at the local, state or national level.
Here are a few items which should be worthy of your attention:
•Secretary of State Brian Kemp recently appointed 16 members to his Elections Advisory Council, according to Ballot Access News.
Among those appointed include Rusty Kidd, a Georgia independent legislature and political science professor and David Shock, a Libertarian activist. According to BAN, last year Kidd authored a bill to eliminate petitions for minor party and independent candidates.
The new commission will hold public meetings during 2011 which should open needed debate for greater ballot access for those who don’t run as Democrats or Republicans. BAN reports in 1998 a similar committee was formed in Florida and the end result was improved ballot access laws.
Kemp, a Republican, deserves credit for this commission and for at least opening the door for easier ballot access for candidates. Georgia is known for some of the most archaic ballot access restrictions in the country.
What I would like to see is the Secretary of State’s position be a nonpartisan one. An office which oversees the state’s elections should not lean toward one party or another.
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