Federal judge to NC elections board: Put Green Party candidates on November ballots
A Federal judge's ruling Friday gets two Green Party candidates closer to placement on North Carolina ballots in November, a decision that for now overrules a vote by the state's elections board.Posted — Updated
It was unclear late Friday whether the board, consisting of three Democrats and two Republicans, would appeal the decision. A spokesman for the North Carolina State Board of Elections said the board was reviewing the order.
Hoh’s placement on the ballot could complicate the election for Democratic former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who is competing for the seat against Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Budd. A far-left candidate could take liberal votes from the more moderate Beasley in a tight race.
“I am grateful for the Federal Court's decision placing the North Carolina Green Party's candidates on November's ballot,” Hoh said. “This is a win for democracy.
"North Carolina voters will now have an option to vote for a Senate candidate who represents working families,” he continued. “Issues that would have otherwise been ignored by the corporate backed candidates, such as healthcare for all, student and medical debt relief, affordable housing, true living wages, a Green New Deal and an end to the war on drugs, will now have a voice and a representative in this year's U.S. Senate election.”
Spokespeople for Beasley and the North Carolina Democratic Party didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment late Friday.
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