Following the 2020 elections, the Green Party and the Constitution Party might no longer be recognized in North Carolina due to their performance in the last elections. Neither of them met the minimum cut-off of votes in order to be considered a political party.
In North Carolina, all political parties need to receive at least 2% of the entire vote cast for their governor, or presidential representative in the state, in the most recent general election. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential candidate, received 0.22% of the vote, and the Constitution candidate, Don Blankenship, received 0.14% of the votes.
If a political party does not meet this requirement, it needs to provide documentation that it had a presidential candidate nominated in the most recent general election in at least 70% of the states. Or gather at least 0.25% signatures of all registered state voters who voted in the most recent election for governor, with at least 200 registered voters from each of three congressional districts.
Both parties were notified on January 20, but North Carolina’s law states that “the State Board shall not make this change until at least 90 days after the general election.” Thus, they are still considered a political party until the ultimate decision on February 23rd at the next State Board of Elections meeting.
If the decision remains the same, both parties will automatically be re-registered as unaffiliated voters. Afterwards, they may choose to either join the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian party or to remain unaffiliated, a voter or candidate who does not align themselves with a political party.
Nevertheless, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) is trying to collect over 14,000 petition signatures to regain their legal party status and, consequently, their ballot access and the chance for the people in North Carolina to register Green voters again. The party must file the petition before noon on June 1st of the year of the election that they wish to participate in.
The NCGP is an independent party and is part of the Green movement by following the Green movement’s four pillars: Peace and nonviolence; Ecological wisdom; Grassroots democracy; and Social justice. Today the Green Party is recognized in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
The NCGP says they will run with several candidates at the local level, but the party is asking for its followers’ support in this moment of instability. Through executive relief due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NCGP is trying to encourage its supporters to contact Governor Cooper, the Governor of North Carolina, and ask him to cancel or reduce the ballot-access petition requirements due to Covid.
On the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) official website, the party is calling for urgent action. “This is a time-sensitive request and cannot wait—please send your request to Cooper today,” their website reads. In order to help the party, the people of North Carolina should send correspondence to the Governor’s office or email the correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org. On their website, there are sample messages to Cooper to help anyone who wishes to save the Green Party of North Carolina.
“Governor Cooper, we are confident that you will look beyond partisan politics and make the just and ethical decision to ensure the health, safety, and democratic participation of the residents of North Carolina,” continues the Green Party of the United States.