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New political party on N.C. ballot won't name presidential candidate

A nonpartisan group that collected enough signatures earlier this year to get a slot on North Carolina's ballot in November as a new political party won't nominate a presidential candidate.

The group -- which collected about 86,000 signatures in North Carolina -- issued a statement late Thursday saying it's effort to nominate a third-party candidate through an online system. "As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect Online Convention in June. The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end," the statement read.

Under its plan, voters would have decided the party’s candidates in an online nominating convention in June. Anyone could run for president, and all registered voters are eligible to serve as delegates. The group maintains U.S. voters are interested in an alternative to the two-party system and said it would continue its work.

North Carolina voters expected to see new party on November ballot

UPDATED: A new political party is expected to appear on North Carolina's ballot in November. 

The nonpartisan Americans Elect wants to offer voters an alternative to the two-party political system. It submitted about 86,000 certified signatures from North Carolina residents to get on the ballot, joining the Democrat, Republican and Libertarian parties who will nominate a candidate. (The organization collected 120,000 signatures, about 86,000 of which were certified by local counties, organizers said.) Americans Elect needs 85,379 signatures, or 2 percent of the votes cast in the last general election, to make the cut, according to state law. 

Virtual third party still has a ways to go in NC

America Elect, the “virtual third party” that wants to let voters nominate a presidential candidate through Internet voting in all 50 states, still has a ways to go to qualify in North Carolina.

The Wake County Board of Elections reported today it is reviewing more than 22,000 petition signatures. It needs 87,000 verified signatures to qualify to be on the ballot as a new political party.

The group has been focusing on Wake and Mecklenburg counties for several months.

It has already qualified in more than a dozen states. Registered voters would cast their votes over the Internet in successive rounds to come up with a candidate.

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