Secretary of State’s office spokesman Jared Thomas confirmed Wednesday that Jeff Amason’s nomination petition failed, after 225 of 228 pages of the petition were disqualified due to a violation of Georgia law.
“Mr. Amason’s wife served as a notary on many of the pages of the petition. She also served as a circulator of the petition and signed the petition,” Thomas said. “Georgia law provides that ‘no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized.’”
Thomas added, along with Amason’s wife, “another person who notarized the petition served as circulator and also signed the petition.”
“The law states that any pages notarized by a person who also circulated and/or signed the petition have to be disqualified,” Thomas said. “Out of 228 pages, all but three had to be disqualified.”
Amason submitted his petition to the Secretary of State’s office July 8, and said at the time he had collected 2,700 signatures — hundreds more than he would have needed to get on the ballot.
Turner will run unopposed in the Nov. 4 election for the House District 21 seat.
Thomas confirmed Wednesday that Amason had been notified that his petition was not accepted.
Amason could not be reached for comment by press time.