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Sign the petition for voter choice in NC!

I don't know how many people are aware of North Carolina's ballot restrictions. However, what they do is restrict your freedom of choice when it comes to electing people to public office, and NC's rules are among the most restrictive rules in the United States. Anyone who is not a member of the big two (Democrats and Republicans) has a hard time getting on the NC ballot. You can't even vote for someone with a write-in vote unless the write-in candidate has applied to have those write-in votes counted.  The process for doing that in NC is to have a petition signed by 500 registered voters* and submitted to the Board of Elections by August 4, 2008.

As such, those of us who are tired of voting for the two-party system in this great nation have to mount petition drives in order to get independent candidates on the NC ballot. Please consider signing this petition. While it is specifically to make sure Ralph Nader is a valid 2008 write-in vote on the NC ballot, signing this petition in no way obligates you to vote for Nader. Your signature on this petition is a statement against the obscene ballot restrictions laws and Judge Robert Hobgood, who has said "Your right to vote for whomever you want is not a protected or guaranteed right." (paraphrased - read his ruling here)

I respectfully disagree. How can we consider this a free country if we don't have the right to vote for whomever we want for public office?! I support your right to vote for whomever you want, even if I might personally disagree with your choice. I only ask for the same consideration in return.

So, please consider signing this petition and returning it via snail-mail to:

2008 Write-in Vote Petition

ATTN: Thomas Mueller

111 School Chapel Drive

Raleigh, NC 27605

You should make sure you fill out the petition completely.  Don't forget to fill in the blank for the county in which you are registered to vote at the top of the form!  If you have other people sign the petition before mailing it, please make sure they are registered to vote in the county that you specified on the top of the form.  For example, if you live in Raleigh (Wake County) you can't get signatures of people from Chapel Hill (Orange County) on your petition.  Start another petition and specify the county as Orange County.  Better yet - just it give it to your friends in Orange County and have them circulate a separate petition for Orange County before returning it.

Unfortunately, you do have to snail-mail the petition back to the address designated above.  The Nader campaign has to submit the original petitions with original signatures.  We cannot do this electronically.  So, please sign it and mail it.  Even if you are the only signature on the petition, please mail it!  Every signature counts, and we need them.

PLEASE NOTE: Only people who are registered voters and live in NORTH CAROLINA should sign the petition in the aforementioned link because the petition is specific to NORTH CAROLINA. The board of elections only counts VALID signatures, and the signatures aren't considered valid if you aren't a registered voter in North Carolina. If you aren't registered to vote, I encourage you to register to vote, anyway, regardless of your candidate of choice, and sign the petition.

Again, this in NO WAY obligates you to vote for Ralph Nader. It only gives him status as a valid write-in vote for the November General Elections. So, please - give your fellow NC citizens a choice and sign the petition.  Stop complaining that the system forces you to choose between the lesser of two evils.  There are other options.  You just have to be willing to work for them.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 19th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I used to think Pennsylvania was bad, requiring about three times as many signatures on nominating petitions for non-major party candidates, but they at least had no such rule about write-in.

When do petitions need to be in? I'm not officially relocating to the state until August (dealing with that once my wife and I are both living here.)
Jun. 19th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
The petition has to be submitted by August 4th, so you probably will not be here or a registered NC voter in time. :-( No worries! We'll get the signatures somehow.
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