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Voter Freedom Act Needs Action

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vote-cartoonIt’s no secret that I support a dramatic overhaul of the election system we have in place which currently favors moneyed interests and established political parties over individual free thought and expression of values.

To that end, there is a bill in the North Carolina House, HB509, The Voter Freedom Act, which would make it easier for new parties and independent individuals to be placed on the ballot for consideration.

From our friends at Free the Vote North Carolina:

What will House Bill 509, Voter Freedom Act of 2015 do?

Reduce the number of signatures a new political party needs to obtain ballot access from 89,366 to 11,171 signatures (“equal in number to” to 0.25% of the last vote cast for Governor or President, whichever is less).

Reduce the barrier for a new political party to retain ballot access from 2% of the vote cast for Governor or President in that election to 0.25% of the vote cast for Governor or President in that election, whichever is less.

Reduce the number of signatures statewide unaffiliated candidates need for ballot access from 89,366 to 10,208 on average (“equal in number to” to 0.25% of the last vote cast for that office).

Reduce the number of signatures unaffiliated Congressional candidates need from 19,952 to 488 on average (“equal in number to” to 0.25% of the total number of votes cast for that seat in the previous election.)

Reduce the number of signatures unaffiliated state Senate candidates from 5,188 to 129 on average (“equal in number to” to 0.25% of the total number of votes cast for that seat in the previous election.)

Reduce the number of signatures unaffiliated state House candidates from 2,161 to 52 on average (“equal in number to” to 0.25% of the total number of votes cast for that seat in the previous election.)

Move the deadline to file a petition back to the third Friday in July still well within time for the state to prepare ballots.

The bill is currently sitting in the House Elections Committee and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be discussed any time soon. If it does not pass the House by crossover date (April 30), it is dead. It cannot be considered when the General Assembly returns next year for the “short” session.

If you support the idea of more open ballot access so you can stop complaining about the lack of good choices on election day, then please contact these committee chairs and let them know you support the bill.  Urge them to put it on the committee’s agenda for discussion and approval.

Rep. Bert Jones: 919-733-5779 (chair)
Rep. David Lewis: 919-715-3015 (chair)
Rep. Henry M. Michaux, Jr.: 919-715-2528 (vice chair)
Rep. John Szoka: 919-733-9892 (vice chair)
Rep. Harry Warren: 919-733-5784 (vice chair)

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