Monday, June 18, 2018

NC Governor Vetoes Bill with Sore Loser Law

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

On June 15th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Vetoed SB 486 .

Among many other Provisions, it prevents Parties that Nominate by Convention from Nominating anyone who had earlier that Year run in a Party Primary for the Same Office.

North Carolina already Bans Primary Candidates from becoming Independent Candidates, but the Law doesn’t apply to Nominations by Convention Parties.

Generally, Newly-Qualifying Parties in North Carolina Nominate by Convention, not Primary.

CLICK HERE to read the 12 page (pdf) SB 486.

On June 20th 2018, the North Carolina Legislature Overrode the Veto of SB 486, so it is now Law. It makes it Illegal for a Party that Nominates by Convention to Nominate someone who had earlier that year run in a Primary of another Party for the same Office. The Constitution Party already Nominated Three such Individuals, and because the Party did so before the “Sore Loser” Law was in effect, there is No Clarity as to whether the Three Candidates can appear on the November Ballot.

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