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North Carolina: Libertarians sue over decertification

The Winston-Salem Journal reports: The Libertarian Party of North Carolina has filed a lawsuit in Wake County over its removal as an official state party, an action that could help two candidates for Winston-Salem City Council.

On Aug. 22, the State Board of Elections decertified the Libertarian Party, which failed to get 10 percent of the vote in last November's election.

As a result, Forsyth County elections officials removed Libertarians Richard Norman and Thomas Leinbach, candidates for the Winston-Salem City Council, from the Nov. 8 ballot.

Norman was able to get back on the ballot a as an unaffiliated candidate after gathering enough signatures for a petition. Leinbach is running as a write-in candidate.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says that state laws make it too difficult for third parties to establish themselves in North Carolina. The lawsuit is trying to have North Carolina law on third parties overturned. -- Winston-Salem Journal | Libertarian Party files to regain ballot status