Constitution, Green parties no longer recognized in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Constitution Party and the Green Party are no longer recognized political parties in North Carolina.

Both parties failed to turn out the required 2% of the total vote for their candidate for governor or for presidential electors in the 2020 general election. (Read a letter to the leaders of the parties.) Voters who register or update their registrations will no longer be able to affiliate with either party.

The State Board of Elections will meet on February 23 to decide when to change the affiliation of voters registered with the Constitution and Green parties to unaffiliated status. State law says the State Board shall not make this change until at least 90 days after the general election.

“The Constitution Party and the Green Party did not meet the threshold to continue as recognized political parties in North Carolina,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “The parties may be recognized once again if they meet the requirements for a political party as specified in state statute.”

The Constitution Party of North Carolina was first recognized as a political party in June 2018; it had about 4,600 members for the 2020 election. The Green Party was recognized in March 2018; it had about 3,600 members statewide. (See voter registration statistics.)

Meanwhile, the Libertarian Party requested to continue as a recognized political party because its candidate for president was on the ballot in at least 35 states, meeting the 70% threshold required by law. (Read letter to Libertarian Party chair.)

The State Board of Elections is expected to consider the continued certification of the Libertarian Party at a meeting on February 23. Currently, about 45,000 N.C. voters are registered Libertarians.

Per state law, a recognized political party is:
• Any group of voters which, at the most recent general election, polled for its candidate for governor, or for presidential electors, at least 2% of the entire vote cast for governor or presidential electors.
• Any group of voters that files with the State Board of Elections petitions for the creation of a new political party signed by 0.25% of the total number of voters in the most recent election for governor. Also, the petition must be signed by at least 200 registered voters from three N.C. congressional districts.
• Any group of voters that files documentation that the group of voters had a candidate nominated on the general election ballot of at 70 percent of the states in the most recent presidential election.
All voters may check their registration status here: Voter Search Tool.

To learn more about registering to vote in North Carolina, visit: Registering.

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles customers may register or update their registration online here: NCDMV | Voter Registration Application.

Visiting the Office

PLEASE BE ADVISED: We ask that the public ONLY ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR of the Election Office (except for anyone who needs to use the handicap accessible ramp located at the rear of the building)  Parking is available on the side of the building.  Pender County Board Of Elections will continue to provide normal services to citizens of Pender County.

  • Any Voter who needs to pick up a form may come into the office. Or  call (910-259-1220) or email us (penderboe@pendercountync.gov), we will be happy to send forms via email or mail them to you.
  •  Also you may find your forms here on our web page, or at the State website ncsbe.gov
  • Forms are also available at the Pender County Annex.

Please reach out to our office for any assistance you need from us during this time.

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