North Carolina’s ballot access laws are so draconian that the Green Party’s efforts to secure a ballot line in the state have fallen far short of the number set by the state. The state’s Libertarian Party gathered the needed number of signatures and is a ballot qualified party. They are running state wide campaigns in addition to the Presidential campaign.
By comparison, two North Carolina Greens, Ken Davies and Nick Tripplet, ran for Mecklenburg County Commission at-large in the Democratic primary as the Greens had not been able to secure ballot access. Both ran as Greens, telling audiences about the state’s restrictive ballot access laws as one of their issues. Neither won the Democratic nomination.
The Libertarian Party initiated, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawsuit to challenge the ballot access laws in Superior Court in Wake County. The Green Party later joined the suit. Judge Robert H. Hobgood rejected the suit and the two parties are appealing his decision. The No ruling has been made on that appeal to date.