U.S. District Court Judge Graham C. Mullen will hear oral arguments in Greene v Bartlett on July 28, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Charlotte, courtroom #3. The address is 401 W. Trade Street. This is the lawsuit, filed in 2008, that challenges the number of signatures needed for a U.S. House independent candidate in North Carolina. The law requires 4% of the number of registered voters.
North Carolina has had government-printed ballots ever since 1901, but no independent candidate for U.S. House has ever appeared on a North Carolina government-printed ballot. This year, the Service Employees International Union backed a petition to place an independent candidate, Wendell Fant, on the ballot for U.S. House in one district, and did succeed in getting enough valid signatures. However, the candidate listed on the petition then said he did not want to run.
Anyone who lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, should consider attending this hearing if possible.