Roderick Edmond, the chairman of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, on Tuesday sent Mary Norwood a letter informing that she had failed to qualify as an independent candidate in the race for Fulton County Commission chairman.
She’s running against Democratic incumbent John Eaves.
Edmond noted that Norwood filed her official notice of candidacy, due at noon on Friday – as a matter of state law, at 4:40 p.m. that same day. But he offered her a chance to make her case:
If you feel you filed a proper and timely notice of candidacy, you are invited to provide whatever information you would like the the Board to to consider as a basis for a statuatory extension for your being deemed to have properly qualified as a candidate despite your late filing.”
Edmond gave Norwood a deadline of noon today. And this morning, the Norwood campaign sent this reply, arguing that Fulton County had failed to display the rules for qualifying of independent candidates on its web site:
“Because Norwood is seeking a Fulton County office, it would have been reasonable for her to consult with the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections website for information about her race, since the Board would be administering the election. That website contains no information that would have alerted Norwood to the notice of candidacy filing deadline….
“In short, the Board has the discretion to accept Norwood’s notice of candidacy and it should do so in order to give the public the benefit of a meaningful choice in this election. Given the short time line on this matter, we respectfully request a decision from the Board by the end of the day tomorrow.”
One suspects that Norwood knows what the reply will be. She just posted the following on Facebook:
Did you know that Rod Edmond, Chair of Fulton’s Board of Registration and Elections, was appointed by John Eaves?
This is the same Board who will decide to accept my notice of candidacy.
Sounds like another quick trip to a court room could be in the offing.