NC bill would lower election barriers for third parties, unaffiliated candidates

North Carolina is taking a significant step forward towards making it easier for third parties to gain ballot access. This can only be seen as a Good Thing (tm) for democracy. Not only does the bill enjoy bi-partisan support in the legislature, but there is a coalition of other groups, known as the Free the Vote Coalition (which includes the NC Whigs) supporting it as well.

Most of the bill is aimed at lowering the number of signatures needed for independent and third party candidates to appear on the ballot. The article states that NC is currently the second most restrictive state in the union on these issues.

There is a widespread perception that only viable choice available for effective political action is between the two major parties. This simply is not true. Granted, it can be difficult for a third party to gain traction, but once we do, watch out!

Read the orignal article below to get all the details.