Elections official says Mary Norwood is out

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Despite sending her campaign attorneys after elections officials, Mary Norwood is out of the race for Fulton County Commission chair — at least until she sues.

The gay-friendly and same-sex marriage loving Norwood lawyered up on Wednesday and asked the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections to use its discretion. She wanted them to set aside state law and ignore that she filed her campaign paperwork and fee nearly five hours past the deadline on Friday.

Why? The election website didn’t state the deadline, Norwood’s attorney argues, and there’s precedent in cases outside Georgia to apply discretionary exceptions.

But late Wednesday, Board Chair Roderick Edmond said Norwood is out of luck. So much for only missing the deadline by this much.

“Our Board does not have the power or discretion to ignore the Georgia Election Code,” Edmond wrote. “Any legal argument you want to make regarding its unconstitutionality would need to be addressed to the courts.”

You can bet that’s where this will end up. Norwood has already taken her campaign to court once — and lost.

Norwood, for her part, took to her campaign Facebook page this morning to post a reaction to the news. She dismissed Edmond’s letter and asked the five-member elections board to meet and vote on the issue.

She also argued that since elections officials knew her intent to run “for months” that they should put her on the ballot. Where have we heard “intent” used in elections before? Oh, yeah. That Bush v. Gore thing in 2000.

(We also searched for the Fox 5 report she references and that other sources have mentioned, but couldn’t locate it on the Fox 5 website.)

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