The ACLU of Georgia sued the Secretary of State in Superior Court of Fulton County, appealing the Secretary of State’s decision to kick off the ballot Maria Palacios, a Latina-American who has lived in Georgia since 2009 and became a United States citizen in 2017. Ms. Palacios was running for state representative in House District 29, a district that is 60% people of color with a 43% Hispanic population. 

The Fulton County Superior Court ruled that Maria Palacios of Gainesville is not eligible to run for a state House of Representatives seat. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia appealed this decision to the Georgia Supreme Court. However, the State Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal. 


Sean J. Young, ACLU of Georgia

Date filed

May 20, 2018


Superior Court of Fulton County, State of Georgia