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Decision to be announced in North Carolina ballot access case

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August 13, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: A decision will be released from federal judge Graham Mullen on August 20, 2010, if a independent candidate for the U.S. Congress would qualify for ballot access[1].

Arguments were heard in the Western District of North Carolina federal court on August 12, 2010. The lawsuit filed against North Carolina election officials challenges ballot access requirements for independent candidates running for the U.S. Congress. Under current law, a independent candidate would need to obtain signatures from at least four percent of registered voters in the congressional district he or she resides in[1].

According to Ballot Access News, no independent candidate for the U.S. Congress has qualified to be on the ballot in North Carolina[1].

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