Mary Norwood: Ignore state law for me, please

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Mary Norwood, the gay-friendly and same-sex marriage loving candidate for Fulton County Commission chair, is now trotting out the lawyers as her campaign hangs by a thread.

Her response to filing her notice of candidacy and $1,251.45 more than four hours past the deadline on Friday? Lawyer up and have him explain that no one really told them about the deadline.

The AJC’s Political Insider, who broke the story on Friday that Norwood missed the deadline, followed up Wednesday with an exchange of letters about the campaign gaffe.

First, Roderick Edmond, chair of the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections, informs Norwood that she missed the deadline — which is spelled out in state law — and barring any reconsideration by the board, she’s done. Edmond gave Norwood until noon Wednesday to respond.

That was apparently a deadline she didn’t miss.

Norwood attorney Matthew Maguire fired back, asserting that the board “has authority to accept a notice that was filed four hours later,” alleges that the Fulton County elections site has no mention of Friday’s deadline (though the Georgia Secretary of State clearly spells it out), and asks that the board use its discretion to accept Norwood’s candidacy.

For her part, Norwood has yet to offer an explanation of what happened and why she missed the deadline. But she does argue that she’s still in the race and continuing her petition drive to get on the November ballot.

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