North Carolina Petition Requirement for 2014 and 2016 is 89,379 Valid Signatures

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has finished counting votes for candidates who were on the ballot, although it still hasn’t completed the write-in canvass for President. It appears that in 2014 (and also 2016) the state will require 89,379 valid signatures, both for a new party and an independent statewide candidate. This is the highest number in all 50 states for a statewide independent candidate in 2014. Thanks to Kevin Hayes for the number. Activists in North Carolina will again try to pass a bill in 2013 to ease the requirement.


North Carolina Petition Requirement for 2014 and 2016 is 89,379 Valid Signatures — 10 Comments

  1. Thanks to upset Democrat coal miners not voting, West Virginia’s numbers drastically DECREASED. There were only 570527 votes for president and 565401 for governor this year (unofficial) compared to 713362 for president and 705795 for governor in 2008. Thus our ballot access requirement has gone from 7134 and 7058 down to about 5706 and 5655 for 2016. Thanks Barry!

  2. I thought that California’s signature requirement for a statewide independent candidate is higher. I think that it’s around 177,000 and something valid signatures.

  3. #3 California does not have any statewide partisan offices in 2014. For voter-nominated offices, statewide candidates need 65 signatures.

  4. “give-me-liberty Says:
    November 18th, 2012 at 12:22 am
    #3 – Yes, but parties seeking to qualify go through the easier registration route”

    Gathering 103,000 plus registrations is very difficult as well. The law in California may change next year though due to a recent court ruling.

  5. Correct me if I’m wrong Mr. Winger, but is not the CA ballot laws for new political parties invalidated at present with the recent court ruling, or at least no enforceable?

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