Hearing postponed

The hearing in U.S. District Court challenging North Carolina’s ballot access law for independent Congressional candidates has been postponed until mid-August, according to Ballot Access News.

The case was to have had its first court hearing July 28, but was postponed because the judge has a medical operation scheduled for that day.

The lawsuit was filed by Bryan Green in 2008. Current law requires an independent candidate to collect validated signatures from four percent of the registered voters in the district.

This law has effectively kept independent candidates off the ballot for Congress since 1901. This year, the state employees union gathered enough signatures to qualify Wendell Fant for the ballot in Congressional District 8. But Fant, a former aide to the Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell, declined to run.

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