North Carolina Green Party Petitions Under Criminal Investigation

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — There is currently a criminal investigation after a third party hoped to participate in North Carolina’s fall ballot.

The North Carolina Green Party delivered what it hoped would be enough petition signatures for a U.S. Senate race. The party was expected to secure 13,865 signatures as it received enough votes in the last gubernatorial election to meet the necessary threshold.

After entering a closed session Thursday morning, the North Carolina State Board of Elections said there is evidence that some signatures are fraudulent.

The State Council was first informed by several county councils of the elections which there were irregularities.

The NCSBE said there were criminal penalties if the allegations were found to be true.

When Green Party lawyer Oliver Hall asked the council whether the votes in question would bring them below the required number of signatures, the council chairman said he could not comment on a criminal investigation.

The NCSBE voted not to certify the Green Party as eligible to be on the fall ballot.

NCSBE staff recommended that the North Carolina General Assembly pass a law prohibiting payment of signature collectors by petition signing.

In a statement, Green Party Chairman Tony Ngege said:

“In a democracy, the majority should govern. Our petitions have far exceeded the threshold and all signatures submitted by petitioners. Their votes must be honored in accordance with state statute “immediately and without delay.” In North Carolina, anyone can collect and deliver petition signatures because they are certified by county boards.

This decision was grossly undemocratic and unethical overruled county council decisions. There are clearly very powerful forces applying enormous pressure and vast resources to silence us and silence the message to end wars for profit, living wages and political independence for working people. We are not discouraged because we know history will absolve us.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

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