ATLANTA – Today, the ACLU of Georgia appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court the Fulton County Superior Court’s ruling that imposed an extra-constitutional two-year waiting period for U.S. citizens who wish to be General Assembly candidates, ignoring the text of the Georgia Constitution, which only requires that candidates be U.S. citizens “[a]t the time of their election.”
The language of the Georgia State Constitution is clear.
|Paragraph III. Qualifications of members of General Assembly(b) At the time of their election, the members of the House of Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 21 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year. [Emphasis added.]|
Maria Palacios, a candidate for Georgia State House District 29, undisputedly became a United States citizen in 2017 and has been a legal permanent resident in Georgia since 2009. Therefore, Ms. Palacios satisfies the United States citizenship requirement set forth in the Georgia State Constitution, a copy of which is located on the Secretary of State’s website.