North Carolina has one of the most restrictive laws in the country for ballot access for political parties. The law is designed to effectively keep out any third party movement in this state. Did you know that there were more candidates in the last Presidential Election than just John Kerry or George W. Bush? What, they weren't on your ballot? That is because of the very restrictive laws in this state regarding access to the ballot. Here is a web site to learn more.
Regardless of your party affiliation, if you are a responsible citizen, it should bother you that the political establishment has kept the two party system so tightly guarded to ensure their own power.
I sent an email to the judiciary commitee in the NC House of Representatives regarding the ballot access bill. If you want fairness and choice, you can do the same.
----- Original Message -----
From: Troy LaPlante
To: Danielc@ncleg.net ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; Juliab@ncleg.net ; Rcsoles@ncleg.net ; Charliea@ncleg.net ; Harryb@ncleg.net ; Peterb@ncleg.net ; Janetc@ncleg.net ; Davidh@ncleg.net ; Clarkj@ncleg.net ; Jeannel@ncleg.net ; Vernonm@ncleg.net ; Keithp@ncleg.net ; Tonyr@ncleg.net ; Richards@ncleg.net ; Jerryt@ncleg.net
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 9:16 AM
Subject: House Bill 88
Freedom. Choices. How much more simple can that be? Please restore House Bill 88 and remove the obstacles that North Carolina has in place that keeps good candidates off the ballot. I know of many good candidates who can not run for office affiliated with the party of their choice simply because of the excessively restrictive ballot access laws here in North Carolina. This is just patently unfair. A candidate should not have to join a party he/she philosophically disagrees with to run for office in this state. Remember, Abraham Lincoln was once a third party candidate!