The Libertarian Party of North Carolina unanimously passed a resolution in support of House Bill 32, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2011 at its annual state convention this weekend.
“We stand with the Free the Vote Coalition in asserting that ballot access reform is not a partisan or special interest group issue, but a question of fundamental freedom that transcends political differences,” the resolution said. “Free choice on the election ballot is not an issue to be flippantly dismissed but is an issue of utmost importance to democratic ideals.”
The resolution called on the N.C. General Assembly to “to speedily enact the Electoral Freedom Act of 2011 to dramatically reduce the barriers and restrictions imposed on new political parties and unaffiliated candidates and provide for clear, simple and less restrictive ballot access regulations applicable to all political parties and unaffiliated candidates and to restore the individual’s freedom of speech, association, and right to vote.”
The convention also unanimously passed a resolution thanking the individuals and organizations that joined in their unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn North Carolina’s restrictive ballot access laws. In that resolution the Libertarian Party expressed “solidarity with the Green Party, the Constitution Party, and all other (Free the Vote) coalition partners past, present and future in the continuing fight for ballot access reform.”
Read both resolutions here.