Under May’s order, third-party candidates will need to submit 4,600 to 6,500 valid signatures — depending on the number of registered voters in the district — to run for Congress. That’s a decrease from more than 23,000 signatures previously required.
May had previously ruled in March that Georgia’s third-party signature requirements were “overbroad” and violated the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Her order on Friday permanently enjoined Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger from enforcing the state’s 5% signature requirement until the General Assembly enacts a permanent measure.
Attorneys for the state have said in court documents that they might appeal in advance of the 2022 election cycle.