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.
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Professor questions party platforms

by Mary Tyler March | The Daily Tarheel

A UNC-Greensboro professor aims to encourage a new political dialogue in North Carolina as the country becomes increasingly skeptical about party politics.

The number of voters registered as unaffiliated has continued to rise recently, with 40 percent of voters nationally and 26 percent in the state now identifying outside of the Democratic and Republican parties.
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Fourth Circuit Holds Oral Argument in North Carolina Petition Deadline Case

by Richard Winger | Ballot Access News

On October 29, the Fourth Circuit heard oral argument in Pisano v Strach, 13-1368. The issue is North Carolina’s May 17 petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The lower court had upheld the deadline. The three judges who heard the case are: Paul Niemeyer, a Bush Sr. appointee; Diana G. Motz, a Clinton appointee; and Albert Diaz, an Obama appointee. The hearing lasted twenty minutes.
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Fourth Circuit Sets Hearing Date for North Carolina Ballot Access Case

by Richard Winger | Ballot Access News

The Fourth Circuit will hear Pisano v Strach, 13-1368, on Tuesday, October 29, at 9:30 a.m. in Richmond, Virginia. The issue is North Carolina’s May petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. A subsidiary issue is whether the U.S. District Court erred when it refused to let the plaintiffs (the Green Party and the Constitution Party) engage in the discovery process, so as to ask the state for detailed information about why the May petition is necessary.
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