The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in what may be a landmark case for ballot access reform which may have implications beyond North Carolina. The hearing culminates a five year challenge by the Libertarian and Green parties to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s ballot access laws.
The hearing is set for 9:30 am, 2 East Morgan Street, Raleigh. The Libertarian and Green parties have scheduled a brief press conference at 9 a.m. in front of the courthouse.
The Libertarians filed the lawsuit in 2005 and the Green Party joined in 2006. They argue that North Carolina’s ballot access restrictions violate the state constitution, which guarantees that all elections shall be free and that with very few restrictions every voter shall be eligible for election by the people to office.