North Carolina: Third parties offer alternatives

The Burlington (N.C.) Times News reports to its readers that they will have alternatives to the Republicans and Democrats in November:

In addition to Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, Libertarian Bob Barr’s name will be on the North Carolina presidential ballot.

Three other candidates who won’t be on the ballot qualified as write-in presidential candidates: independent Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and Socialist Party candidate Brian Moore.

How does one qualify as a write-in candidate in the Tarheel state?

A candidate had to collect valid signatures of 250 registered voters to qualify as a write-in candidate for president and statewide office, said Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the State Board of Elections. While their names won’t be on the ballot, a write-in space will be available on the ballot or voting machine and local boards of elections will be instructed to record and report such votes, she said.

The article also notes that the Libertarians have another stake in the election:

Libertarians aren’t expecting to win the presidential race. Nor are they expecting their gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger, who chairs the Political Science Department at Duke University, to win. But they’re hoping he’ll get at least 2 percent of the vote.

That’s the threshold that a party’s gubernatorial or presidential candidate has to receive in the general election in order to remain a recognized party in the state….

If some current poll numbers hold up through the general election, Libertarians could be successful in their effort to remain on the ballot. The Public Policy Polling survey shows Munger with support from 6 percent of the voters. The Civitas Poll shows Munger with 2 percent.

3 Responses to “North Carolina: Third parties offer alternatives”

  1. Odin Says:

    I will be voting for Barr in NC and I hope we get over 2- 3 %.

  2. nader PAUL mckinney Says:

    Sunday Bloody Sunday
    The Wall Street Shuffle

    ralph DR RON cynthia

    What have they done to the earth?
    What have they done to our fair sister?
    Ravaged & plundered & ripped her & bit her
    Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
    & tied her with fences &
    Dragged her down!

    mike dennis jesse ross

  3. Melvin Says:

    We need to do two things in the State of North Carolina in relation for ballot access. One, we need to have it so that it would only require a modest 1,000 signatures to get a minor party on the ballot. Two, we need to legalize fusion which would allow for cross ballot line endorsements.

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