Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot!

Unblock_No_Background_FINAL.pngWe, the people of North Carolina, call on the representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly:

Reject North Carolina's undemocratic, anti-freedom, and regressive ballot-access laws; pass Senate Bill 656, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017, to lower the state's ballot-access requirements now!

Background

The state of North Carolina has the most undemocratic ballot-access laws than any other state in the nation. The North Carolina General Assembly has enacted monumental restrictions preventing alternative parties and independent candidates from getting their names on the ballot and over several years has repeatedly stalled, ignored, and thwarted attempts to lower the requirements.

The NC General Assembly demands that independent and alternative party candidates for many offices, including president of the United States, collect a whopping 94,221 signatures from registered voters with pen on a paper petition just to get their name on the ballot. Meanwhile, candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties need to collect a fraction of that number.

Is 94,221 petition signatures a lot? Well, it's the highest in the nation by far. Compare North Carolina's 94,221 signature requirement to Texas's: Texas has the second-highest signature requirement in the nation. Texas has 17.5 million more people than North Carolina but requires only 47,000 signatures—half the amount North Carolina requires! And according to Free the Vote North Carolina, 34 out of the 50 states (68%) require 10,000 signatures or fewer for ballot access, while 38 out of 50 (76%) require 20,000 signatures or fewer. North Carolina's 94,221 signature requirement is astronomically, bizarrely restrictive. That is not democracy.

But there's a new bill in the the North Carolina General Assembly that would reduce the signature requirement from 94,221 to 10,000, which is a step toward opening up the elections process to more than just the two major parties. The bill has passed the State Senate and now must be introduced in and pass the House.

Sign now:

We demand that the North Carolina General Assembly pass Senate Bill 656, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017, to lower the ballot-access requirement in North Carolina to 10,000 petition signatures.

Who's signing

Stacye Leanza
Susan Oehler
Dustin Strickland
Elif Erginer
Jeremiah Handlon
Bridget Farrell
Amy Whitfield
Samantha White
tricia becker
Ellen Thomas
Tricia Oakley
Roberta Barham
Mary Lucas
Jeff O'Neill
Kurt Loveland
Tracy Moss
David Hamilton
Theresa Rubin
Michael Sileno
Adam Masiarek
Ryan Buckner
Heather Euler
Rodney Williams
69 SIGNATURES
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Stacye Leanza
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-26 14:26:52 -0400
    Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now! Here are the facts:
  • Stacye Leanza
    signed 2017-06-26 14:25:49 -0400
    Alternative party candidates for many offices in NC need to collect a whopping 94,221 signatures from registered voters with pen on a paper petition just to get their name on the ballot. Meanwhile, candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties need to collect a fraction of that number. LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD! We need ALL voices at the table!
  • Susan Oehler
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 11:29:05 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now!
  • Susan Oehler
    @dancewater2 tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-10 11:29:02 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now! https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/opentheballot?recruiter_id=1385
  • Susan Oehler
    signed 2017-06-10 11:28:50 -0400
  • Dustin Strickland
    signed 2017-06-09 07:45:57 -0400
  • Elif Erginer
    signed 2017-06-07 15:20:46 -0400
  • Jeremiah Handlon
    signed 2017-06-03 13:48:44 -0400
  • Bridget Farrell
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-30 18:10:07 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now!
  • Bridget Farrell
    signed 2017-05-30 18:08:09 -0400
    Bridget Farrell
  • Amy Whitfield
    signed 2017-05-26 13:56:16 -0400
  • Samantha White
    signed 2017-05-21 21:52:20 -0400
    True democracy depends on alternative voices and choices. If you’re worried about the propagandized “spoiler effect,” get involved in helping us pass an alternative voting system less prone to rigging. GPUS has more informative details on their website!
  • tricia becker
    signed 2017-05-19 14:46:50 -0400
    our two -party system (essentially one corporate party) is rigged. this needs to change.
  • Ellen Thomas
    signed 2017-05-18 14:25:08 -0400
  • Tricia Oakley
    signed 2017-05-17 17:44:28 -0400
  • Roberta Barham
    signed 2017-05-16 18:54:58 -0400
  • Mary Lucas
    signed via 2017-05-16 14:24:49 -0400
  • Jeff O'Neill
    signed 2017-05-16 13:18:33 -0400
    Jeff O’Neill
  • Kurt Loveland
    signed 2017-05-16 13:05:16 -0400
  • Tracy Moss
    signed 2017-05-16 12:57:59 -0400
  • David Hamilton
    signed via 2017-05-16 10:30:07 -0400
  • Theresa Rubin
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-16 00:19:24 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now!
  • Theresa Rubin
    signed via 2017-05-16 00:19:09 -0400
    I think it’s really important to lower the requirement for the number of signatures required to be on the ballot. The current requirement is incredibly high. Please pass this bill to lower the number to a reasonable 10,000.
  • Stacye Leanza
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-15 23:12:32 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now!
  • Michael Sileno
    signed 2017-05-15 19:19:42 -0400
  • Adam Masiarek
    signed 2017-05-15 16:18:51 -0400
    I support SB 656 in NC.
  • Ryan Buckner
    signed 2017-05-15 10:24:39 -0400
  • Heather Euler
    signed 2017-05-15 07:58:06 -0400
  • Rodney Williams
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-15 07:14:45 -0400
    Sign Now: We Demand Equal Access to the North Carolina Ballot! Lower the Ballot-Access Restrictions Now!
  • Rodney Williams
    signed 2017-05-15 07:13:53 -0400
    Rodney Williams

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