NC Libertarians get US Senate primary

by Brian Irving | Raleigh Libertarian Examiner

For the second time in history, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina will have a primary. Two people filed for the U.S. Senate nomination, Tim D’Annunzio of Raeford and Sean Haugh of Durham.

D’Annunzio was the Republican nominee for U.S Congress in District 4 in 2012, losing to incumbent Democrat David Price. Haugh was the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2002, and is a former party executive director.
Continue reading

Long-shots join already crowded field of Hagan challengers

by Megan Cassella | News & Observer

COOLEEMEE — The little store sits on the side of the two-lane road, on the edge of the two-light town, in the heart of the country.

A’s Furniture, the sign reads: Carpet in stock. A’s, the locals say, owned by the quiet guy with the hole in his cap. Or simply, these days, A’s. Owned by the guy campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Continue reading

Fourth Circuit Upholds North Carolina’s May 17 Petition Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties

by Richard Winger | Ballot Access News

On February 27, the Fourth Circuit upheld North Carolina’s May 17 petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The case, Pisano v Strach, 13-1368, had been filed by the Green and Constitution Parties. The decision is 25 pages, but the only state interest it mentions is that the state needs time to check the petition. This ignores the fact that North Carolina requires just as many signatures for a statewide independent candidate, yet the independent candidate petition deadline is June 12. The decision does not mention the independent candidate petition deadline.
Continue reading

5 States With The Worst Ballot Access Laws

by Brandon Fallon | Independent Voter Network

Third parties that have a national infrastructure such as the Green Party and Libertarian Party have waged legal battles from California to North Carolina to improve their ability to get on the ballot. In California, a more lax state regarding ballot access laws, Terry Baum went through several legal hurdles in her race against U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi as the Green Party candidate
Continue reading

No cloaking his intentions: NC politician resigns — in Klingon

by Becky Bratu and M. Alex Johnson | NBC News (U.S. News)

A town council member in North Carolina told the mayor this week he’s resigning — in a letter written in the Klingon language. And next he plans to run for the U.S. Senate, he told NBC News.

David Waddell, who has two years left in his term on the town council in Indian Trail, about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte, resigned Wednesday in a long but otherwise standard English letter to the public.
Continue reading

CITIZEN ACTIVISM

FEATURED VIDEO

OUR MISSION

″The mission of Free the Vote North Carolina is to eliminate barriers to participation in the electoral process that restrict or limit the right of citizens to vote for the person of their choice; to have their vote counted; to run for elective office, and; to organize and operate political parties that are treated equally under the law with other political parties.″

OUR FRIENDS

NEWS SOURCES

Ballot Access News
VoterRadio.com
Independent Political Report
Third Party Politics
Politics1.com

RECOMMENDED READING

Challengers to Duopoly by David Gillespie

Filled with mountains of information about political parties past to present, Gillespie’s Challengers to Duopoly, aptly subtitled Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics, shows over the course of our nation’s existence the powerful role that third parties, “the [road] less traveled by,” have played in both national, state and local politics.
Find Out More...

ACTION ALERTS

May 14, 2013HB794 passed its first reading in the NC Senate and was referred to the Committee on Rules & Operations of the Senate.

May 13, 2013HB794, Ballot Access Reform Study Bill, passes the NC House of Representatives with a 109-5 vote.

May 9, 2013HB794 Study Bill placed on the NC House Calendar for Monday, May 13, 2013.

May 8, 2013HB794 turned into a Study Bill. Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee will study ballot access and report findings along with recommended legislation upon the Assembly reconvening in 2014.

May 7, 2013HB794 scheduled for House Election Committee hearing tomorrow (May 8) at 1:00pm, Rm 643 in the Legislative Office Building. Call Committee Members in support or bills passage as it is currently wrote.

CITIZEN ACTIVISM

How to Vote

- Register to Vote

- Find Your Polling Location

Spread the Word

- Why NC Needs the Voter Freedom Act (PDF)

- Compare the Nation’s Ballot Access Laws (PDF)

- Write a Letter to the Editor Ideas

Stay Informed

- Follow our Twitter Feed, our Facebook Page and our YouTube Channel

- Sign-up for our Mailing List

Stay Informed

- Make a donation to Free the Vote North Carolina to help us restore and defend the right to vote