By Richard Winger | Ballot Access News
Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Elections told an independent candidate that he may help complete his petition with electronic signatures. Omar Beasley, a candidate for Durham County Commissioner, needed 7,437 valid signatures by June to get on the ballot this year. He succeeded, and some of his signatures came from using Echosign.com, which is a service mostly used for business contracts.
Beasley is running for an at-large seat. Five seats are up. His only opponents will be the five Democratic Party nominees. See this story about the campaign. Oddly, the story doesn’t mention Beasley’s precedent-breaking use of electronic petitioning. Thanks to Sean Haugh for this news.