Georgia has some of the most restrictive laws in the nation for third-party candidates. Those running for the U.S. House must submit a petition with signatures from 5% of the number of registered voters in the district.
No third-party candidate for the U.S. House has ever satisfied the 5% requirement since it was adopted in Georgia in 1943, according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs are Libertarian Party nominee Martin Cowen, who is running in the 13th Congressional District, and Green Party nominee Jimmy Cooper III, who is running in the 8th Congressional District.
Cowen would have to collect 24,503 signatures and Cooper would need 20,719 signatures by Aug. 14.
A separate lawsuit over Georgia's ballot access laws is pending with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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