Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (
D-4) will seek election to Congress from the new version of her old seat, this time running on the Green Party ticket.
McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some 18,860 petition signatures, which are required under Georgia’s extremely restrictive ballot access laws for independent and minor party candidates.
Georgia currently requires independent and minor party candidates for non-statewide offices such as US House District seats to gather signatures from five percent of the registered voters in the District. In the 4th District, 18,860 signatures are five percent of the 377,189 registered voters in the District.
As previously reported by APN, numerous candidates have attempted in previous years but failed to gain the number of required signatures in Georgia.
McKinney is running for her old US Congress seat, which she held from 1992 to 2002, and again from 2004 to 2006.
US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has held the seat since defeating McKinney in the Democratic Primary Run-off in 2006.
With the Georgia legislature having just redistricted Georgia’s US Congressional districts following the 2010 US Census, the new District 4 now contains more Black voters than it recently did, a demographic shift that may benefit McKinney.
The 4th Congressional District is now 57 percent Black.