Following up our previous post on North Carolina’s crazy ballot access laws, state senators to third parties, by letting any party that gets 2% of the gubernatorial votes to validate as a state party, but stopped short of fixing the massive signature requirements to get on the ballot in the first place:
Only one third party candidate in contemporary North Carolina history has ever met the 2 percent standard. Scott McLaughlin, a Libertarian candidate for governor, drew 4 percent of the vote in 1992.
Senators declined to change North Carolina’s signature requirement for small parties to get on the ballot. The state demands about 69,000 signatures from new parties to get on the ballot, a standard that ranks among the most difficult in the nation, according to the N.C. Open Elections Coalition.
Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger offered a floor amendment that would have lowered the signature standard to about 17,000.
“There are a number of other parties _ a number of other ideas out there,” said Berger, R-Rockingham. “People believe that neither Republicans nor Democrats represent their views, and they have a right to have someone represent them in their government.”
Berger’s motion failed by four votes.
It’s a small victory, but at least we’re heading in the right direction.