"This would be a way to help our democracy," said the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick, a Democrat from Lithonia. "The more choices that people have, it makes us better as politicians because it moderates us."
No third-party candidate has collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the U.S. House since the state passed an election qualifying law in 1943.
Candidates from political parties can run for statewide office without having to collect signatures if their party's candidate in the last statewide general election received votes from at least 1 percent of registered voters. For non-statewide races, third-party candidates still must collect signatures from 5 percent of registered voters.
Kendrick said she understands that her proposal, which has both Democratic and Republican co-sponsors, will likely meet resistance from other legislators.
“I think you have to put aside politics and look at the greater good that would come by giving people more choices and access to the ballot,” Kendrick said.