Ballot Access News: If You Wish to Help the Ballot Access Bill Take Effect in North Carolina, Here is the Contact Page for Governor Roy Cooper

Ballot Access News:

As already noted, on October 5 the North Carolina legislature passed the ballot access bill, SB 656. There is a danger that Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will veto it. There is a provision in the bill, unrelated to ballot access, that cancels the 2018 primaries for state judicial elections, and Democrats are opposed to this.

Ballot access reform bills have been proposed in North Carolina for 31 years, and this is the first time one has passed the legislature. North Carolina requires a higher percentage of signatures to get a minor party or independent presidential candidate on the ballot (using the easiest method) than any other state. The current law required 89,366 signatures in 2016, and will require 94,221 in 2020 if the law remains unchanged. The law requires 2% of the last gubernatorial vote. Because North Carolina elects its governors in presidential years, 2% of the vote total in a high-turnout presidential year is significantly worse than the other 2% states (Indiana and Wyoming) because in presidential years their 2% is based on the midterm turnout.

Here is the form by which anyone may send a message to Governor Cooper. If you would rather send him a postal letter, the address is 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-0301.

Important presidential candidates who have been kept off the North Carolina presidential ballot include Eugene McCarthy in 1976, Ron Paul in 1988, Ralph Nader in all the years he ran, all of the Green Party presidential nominees, all of the Constitution Party nominees, and Evan McMullin in 2016. The right to vote includes the right of choice for whom to vote.

12 thoughts on “Ballot Access News: If You Wish to Help the Ballot Access Bill Take Effect in North Carolina, Here is the Contact Page for Governor Roy Cooper

  1. Jonathan Makeley

    Indeed, it’s well past time that North Carolina improve its ballot access requirements.

  2. paulie Post author

    Richard Winger asked me to repost this here and for everyone reading to repost it as many places as you can. He is asking everyone to use the contact info in the post to get a hold of the Governor and urge him to sign the bill.

  3. Richard Winger

    If the bill becomes law, that will be the single biggest improvement in ballot access in any state since 1998, when Florida went from petitions of 3% (except president was 1%) to no petitions for people who pay the filing fee.

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Am I missing something, or does this article only state what the current law is, not what this bill would change it to? Maybe I read it too fast.

  5. paulie Post author

    You are correct, it does not. I did a search for 656 at BAN and this is the latest article that says what the change is:

    North Carolina Ballot Access Bill Passes Through Conference Committee

    On October 4, the North Carolina legislature’s conference committee passed this version of SB 656, the ballot access bill. It had previously passed both chambers, but the two versions did not agree with each other. This new version is more like the House version than the Senate version. It needs to pass both chambers again. It is on the Senate calendar for Thursday, October 5. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. Thanks to Brian Irving for the link.

    “This Version” links to

  6. paulie Post author It then passed the House 70-44 and the Senate 30-16. As that article states “Unfortunately the conference committee yesterday added an unrelated provision to the bill that affects judicial elections, and Democrats are opposed to that amendment. That is why there were so many “no” votes.”

    The Governor is a Democrat, which is why we are now trying to round up some pressure to get the Governor to sign the bill.

  7. paulie Post author

    And also lowers independent requirements, but not as dramatically, or did I misread that? I scan-read it quickly.

  8. Richard Winger

    The legislature will consider whether to override the veto on Tuesday, October 17. An override needs 60% of each house. Republicans have well over 60% in the State Senate, but just barely in the House.

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