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McKinney North Carolina votes to be counted

According to a page at the North Carolina Board of Elections website, Cynthia McKinney is now an official write-in candidate for President.

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.


  1. donald raymond lake donald raymond lake July 25, 2008

    Ballot Assess is a smooth clutter free track!

    Write In is a ruff, tuff cross country trail!

    Local fake Independent [Sandy Ego Democrat]
    Write In wonderkind city council member
    Donna Frye going for Mayor Dick Murphy’s
    job tried that route.

    Murphy did not last more than a year into his
    next term as Ms Frye EVEN THOUGH she
    had the most votes ———-but did not win!
    did not win the November 2004 election

  2. Gregg Jocoy Gregg Jocoy Post author | July 25, 2008

    Thanks Fred. I made the changes, but think I’ll leave these comments here so folks will know that I make boo boos and fix them when it’s pointed out.

    I actually got it much more right because you brought it to my attention. Not only was the fact that it was on appeal not there, but I said it was a federal case when it was not, so I was able to correct my errors.


  3. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz July 24, 2008

    Gregg: go with your heart.

  4. Gregg Jocoy Gregg Jocoy Post author | July 24, 2008

    Geeze…my bad. Should I change it or let the comments do it?

    What I should have said is that no decisions have come down on the appeal. Perhaps better wording would have been “The parties lost and they are pursuing an appeal.”?

    BTW, here’s a link to the coverage of the appeal at Ballot Access News.

  5. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz July 24, 2008

    Huh? I thought that lawsuit already had one loss, and was waiting for an appeal. Different one?

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