North Carolina First Party Working Towards the Election

It was announced earlier this week that the effort to form a North Carolina First Party by labor unions had failed to gain enough signatures. It was previously unknown whether the organizers would still try to petition their candidates onto the ballots as Independents or whether the organizers knew that they could use their 85,000+ petition signatures towards establishing the party in 2012. This Associated Press report answers those important questions:

North Carolina First is now working to collect nearly 17,000 signatures by June 25 to draft an independent candidate on the November ballot to challenge first-term Rep. Larry Kissell in the 8th Congressional District, said spokesman Greg Rideout.

The state has one of the highest thresholds in the country to get a new political party on the ballot. A group has to collect signatures equal to 2 percent of the total votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election. North Carolina First was looking to get 85,000.

“We’re now looking toward the 2012 election,” movement spokesman Greg Rideout said. “We always knew we were facing this big hurdle.”

Several reports said that the SEIU had committed $1 million to the effort.

6 thoughts on “North Carolina First Party Working Towards the Election

  1. Green Party Conservative

    Well you have to applaud their effort.

    Sadly any veteran petition gatherer, who isn’t just in it for the money, could tell you they started waaayyy too late…

    But the ballot petition company they paid is laughing all the way to the bank…

    Frankly a sad waste of union money..

  2. paulie

    Noticed this comment accidentally autoput in spam from Fernando Mercado. It was already cleared so can’t approve it but I was able to go back and grab the text:

    It’s a shame that this party didn’t get off the ground, I would’ve like to support it/run with it in the future.

    Especially since the North Carolina is bland. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and another interchangeable Alternative Party every once in a while (American Party in 1972 & 76, Socialist Workers Party in 1980 & 84, Natural Law Party in 1996, and the Reform Party in 2000)

    I would love to have a New York situation where there are 8-10 Parties to choose from.

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