Gov. Beverly Perdue’s comment about suspending elections was completely out of place and indefensible and she should apologize, said Jordon M. Green, an independent candidate for the state House district 87. “Whether or not she was joking or using a hyperbole matters little in this case,” he said. “To make such statements, even if in the context of a joke, which in itself is unlikely at best, is at the least unthinking.”
An election reform advocate, Greene has spent much of his time working to guarantee the right to vote and the right to self-government for every citizen. He is founder and president of Free the Vote North Carolina, which is supporting a bill now before the legislature to dramatically lower the ballot access barriers for third parties and independent candidates..
“North Carolina already unduly and undemocratically hinders the right of its citizens to take part in the electoral process,” he said. “The last thing North Carolina needs to be known for is further restricting the individual’s right to self-government through ignoring the Constitution and suspending an election for political expediency.”
Greene also noted that neither the governor nor the General Assembly has the power suspend Congressional elections. He pointed out that the governor “seems to have either forgotten or put out of her mind” that she’s sworn to uphold the federal constitution which requires Congressional elections every two years.
On Sept. 27 the governor told a Cary audience, “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.” Later, her aides said she was either joking or using hyperbole.
Greene, a constitutional conservative, said that truly democratic and frequent elections are paramount for the protection of liberty in law. “Suspending elections is no joking matter,” he emphasized.
“Just as we must elect representatives who will break down the barriers to political participation and to ballot access, we must expect better from our governor and all those we elect to office.”