On May 30, Maceo D. Dixon died. He collapsed while at work, and was age 63. He had been the Socialist Workers Party nominee for U.S. House, 5th Georgia district, in 1982. He is one of only two minor party nominees who ever submitted enough signatures to, in theory, have a chance to qualify for U.S. House in Georgia, ever since the 5% petition was instituted in 1943.
Dixon did not get on the ballot, however. Even though he submitted approximately 50% more signatures than were required, election officials said not enough were valid. The only other minor party member who ever submitted enough signatures to run for U.S. House in Georgia was Libertarian Wayne Parker, who also submitted approximately 50% more signatures than were required. He ran in 2002 in the 11th district. He was also told that his petition lacked sufficient signatures. There have also been a few independent candidates in Georgia who tried very hard, but none succeeded in meeting the 5% petition requirement since 1964. Thanks to The Militant for the news about Dixon.
Georgia does not require any signatures in special congressional elections, and in a few special congressional elections, there have been minor party candidates on the ballot.