Brunswick Race Heads to Court

Elaine Brown, the Green Party’s candidate for mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, is still fighting to appear on the ballot… less than 2 weeks before the election. At issue is if she meets the residency requirement of one year.

From The Brunswick News:

With only 12 days left before Brunswick voters elect a mayor and two city commissioners, the ballot for the municipal election may be up for a change.

Elaine Brown is appealing a ruling made by the Glynn County Board of Elections earlier this month to take her name off the city ballot for mayor.

She filed the appeal in Glynn County Superior Court, which was to hold a hearing today at the Glynn County Courthouse, 701 H St.

The city election will be held Nov. 8.

Brown, a former national figure in the Black Panther party, was disqualified by the elections board on Oct. 14 after two city residents challenged her qualification to seek the mayor’s office. Those residents - Howard Buie and Alice Norman - succeeded in convincing the board that Brown had not lived in the city of Brunswick for one year prior to the election, a requirement for any person seeking the mayoral office.

In the appeal she filed Monday, Brown seeks a reversal of the elections board’s decision to prohibit her from participating in the Nov. 8 election - both as a candidate and a voter - and an order to count votes cast for her if the matter is not resolved by Election Day.

However, some votes in the election already have been cast.

Voting with absentee ballots began Oct. 18, and Brown’s name does not appear on those ballots.

Cindy Johnson, the board’s election supervisor, said 28 absentee ballots had been cast in the election as of Tuesday.

She said the paper absentee ballots were reprinted after the board of elections hearing that removed Brown from consideration for the mayoral office. Her name also was removed from the electronic ballot.

“We’ll do whatever we are instructed to do,” Johnson said of any potential ruling from Superior Court.

In her petition, Brown claims that evidence submitted to the board of elections by Buie and Norman was circumstantial. She also reiterates her position that the standard for determining legal residency should be voter registration.

Brown also states that she should be allowed to vote in the Nov. 8 election because she has been registered as a voter at her current address since February, well before the Oct. 11 deadline to register to vote in the election.

Brown was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but her campaign has announced plans to rally supporters at the courthouse before today’s hearing.

Currently, only Otis Herrington and Bryan Thompson appear as mayoral candidates on the city ballots. Betsy Bean is not on the ballot but has qualified to run as a write-in candidate.

Brown was removed from the ballot after the deadline to qualify as a write-in candidate passed.

14 Responses to “Brunswick Race Heads to Court”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    Is this the Third Party Watch or the Green Party Watch? It just doesn’t appear to be balanced…

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Umm… I would say that I try to be very balanced. In that I put up whatever newsworthy news that I find, regardless of party.

    Are the Libertarians doing something major right now that hasn’t been mentioned on this site?

  3. Jesse L Says:

    Well, considering the Greens seem to be running a lot more candidates in the upcoming elections than the other parties it seems to make sense there would be many articles on them right now.

    Don’t like it? Work with another party and do something noteworthy, or (easier) identify topics/news items that would be of interest and write to the site’s author. I’m pretty sure he’s not a Green.

  4. Mike N. Says:


    I have sent numerous articles that are never posted. Not that I would expect him to post every one of them, he has to be discretionary, but it just seems overly green to me….

  5. Mike N. Says:


    I would like to see your figures. Are Greens really running more candidates that Libertarians?

  6. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I’m a Republican.

  7. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Since this site was founded, there have been 141 news articles containing the word “Libertarian” and 99 articles containing the word “Green”

  8. Mike N. Says:


    I stand corrected, sorry.

  9. Mike N. Says:

    This is a good story:

  10. esso Says:

    1. If Austin is a Green, then I’m a math major.

    2. Ballot access is a pivotal issue in third party politics, and anyone with a good case who goes to court has the potential to open up inroads for other candidates.

  11. Jesse L Says:


    I’ve never sent an article for submission so I don’t have any experience with not getting my views heard, it was just a suggestion.

    There was a post a few days ago about a list of Libertarian candidates running for office, and it indicated this was the only list of the type that had been formed so far. I’m sure there’s more Libertarian candidates running, but it would be very hard for someone not involved with their campaigns or state parties to keep track.

    In contrast, the Greens have a list of candidates for the November 2005 election here. I believe it’s a pretty accurate of all Green Party members seeking office (it doesn’t include most cases of fusion candidates unless the member is a Green).

  12. The Tall One Says:

    The State Judge has spoken today and upheld the ruling of the Election Board. Elaine Brown WILL NOT be on the ballot. Elaine Brown can still appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court and then to the US Supreme Court if she continues to lose her case. The election will take place next week.

  13. Friends of Brunswick Says:

    Friends of Brunswick
    PO Box 1776
    Brunswick, GA 31521

    December 10, 2005

    Elaine Brown being Counter-Sued

    Elaine Brown, the former and only female leader of the Black Panther Party, wanted to be Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia. Before the election a challenge was filed to the candidacy of Elaine Brown. A hearing was held and evidence presented established that Elaine Brown DID NOT meet the legal requirements to run for Mayor.

    Elaine Brown has since filed appeal after appeal and filed other lawsuits challenging the Nov 8 Election results citing many violations and other reasons she cites in her lawsuits.

    Now, the first COUNTER-SUIT has been filed against Elaine Brown seeking damages and legal fees.

    This is a copy of the news report from The Brunswick News, Friday, December 9, 2005 on Page 2-A

    Mayoral election back in court
    The Brunswick News
    Brunswick, Georgia

    The two Brunswick residents who successfully petitioned to get Elaine brown off the mayoral ballot in the Nov 8 city election are now counter-suing her.

    Brown has challenged the Glynn County Board of Elections ruling that removed her from the ballot in both Superior Court and U.S. District Court.

    In their lawsuit filed Wednesday, Howard Buie and Alice Norman seek restitution of their legal fees for defending themselves during Brown’s hearings.

    A hearing on Brown’s lawsuit contesting the results of last month’s election and a request for a new election will be held Dec 19 in Glynn County Superior Court.

    A hearing date has not been set for the counter-suit.

  14. Tyronne Leslie Says:

    UPDATE on the election contest filed by Elaine Brown.

    The case was set for Dec 1 and Elaine Brown won her motion for a continuance until Dec 19. Now that Dec 19 is next week, the word around Brunswick is that Elaine Brown and Zack Lyde decided at the last minute to drop their contests of election lawsuit. Yes they both filed a lawsuit.

    The truth of the matter won out. Elaine Brown was not a legal resident of Brunswick for at least 12 months and could not run for office. Otherwise she would of continued to fight this case if she felt in her heart that she was within the law.

    Is the matter done? Only Elaine Brown and her friends know.

    A counter suit against Elaine Brown is still pending.