The North Carolina Libertarian Party has collected approximately 102,500. North Carolina requires 69,734 for ballot access for the presidential election. If the petition is found to be valid then this will be the largest numerical ballot access hurdle that any new or minor party has overcome since 1995, when the Reform Party and the Natural Law Party both complied with California?s requirement of 89,007 registrations.
The requirement is 2% of the last gubernatorial vote which shot up from 58,842 to 69,734 after the November 2004 election. The 2004 turnout was so much higher than the 2000 turnout.The Libertarian Party is aiming for being done with its Nebraska petition in the next 10 days.