The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will meet by teleconference Tuesday to take up a number of issues, including the petition from the prospective North Carolina Green Party to become the state’s fourth officially recognized political party.
The Green Party of the United States is the fourth largest political party in the nation, officially forming on 2001 but with roots reaching back to the mid 1980s. Political activist Ralph Nader is the most recognizable name affiliated with the Green Party. While not a member, Nader was their presidential candidate in 2000 and received a little over 2.7 percent of the popular vote.
The Green Party is a grassroots organization that bills itself as the party of the “health of our planet and future generations” and decries war, the “one-percent” and focuses on social justice and gender and sexual rights.
Currently North Carolina politics include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and the remainder of registered voters, which are unaffiliated voters.
North Carolina has no independent party.
In the state to become an officially recognized party in the state, the party must have fielded a candidate in 70 percent of the states in the last presidential race.
In the 2016 Presidential Election Green Party candidate Jill Stein was on the ballot in more than 70 percent of the states, making the official recognition of the Green Party a likely one.
In fact, a letter from State Board General Counsel Josh Lawson from January said, “The State Board Office knows of no reason that the documentation and your request would be deemed insufficient by State Board members once they are seated.”
Lawson is referring to Gov. Roy Cooper refusing to appoint a state board for over a year while in office while he has been fighting the legislation, which created the bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
According to the letter from Lawson, without a board and without any past action on the new statute, the board staff were not able to give the party the check-off but did recommend the party be officially recognized in the state.
In January Lawson sent a letter to the organizers of the North Carolina Green Party Coordinating Committee saying that, barring anything contrary from the courts, that board staff would provide the official request to the board once it was officially seated.
Media and citizens can listen in to the meeting at (415) 655-0060 and must use the access code 448-996-254 to log in to the call. Documents for the meeting can be found here: https://goo.gl/F46ngH.