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Judge reduces signatures necessary to run as independent in NC

AP reports: A federal judge ruled that North Carolina imposes an unconstitutional burden on unaffiliated political candidates who want a spot on the ballot by requiring them to collect more signatures than candidates who want to form a new party.

Paul DeLaney filed a lawsuit after learning that state law required him to collect 90,639 signatures before he could get on the ballot for the 2002 U.S. Senate race.

A new party would have needed about 58,000 signatures that year to nominate a slate of candidates for office.

U.S. District Judge Frank W. Bullock said in his ruling last week that the law was "unreasonable and discriminatory." -- Judge: N.C. Unaffiliated Signatures Unfair (AP vif FindLaw)