Brian Irving: N.C. restricts independents on ballots

August 6, 2013 

The real fraud

Marc Landry came close to the truth in his July 31 column “New voting safeguards don’t go far enough.” All that people must do to register to vote is to certify under oath they’re an American citizen and a resident. That’s as it should be.

The American justice system is based on the principle that it’s better for a guilty man to go free than for an innocent man to be convicted. Our electoral system should be based on a similar principle, that it’s better to risk voter fraud than it is to prevent or restrict a person from exercising the right to vote.

Real election fraud doesn’t occur in the voting booth but on the ballot itself. North Carolina has the second-most restrictive ballot-access laws in the nation. True voter fraud isn’t perpetrated by voters, but by the Republican-Democrat duopoly that completely controls the electoral process. They erect burdensome barriers for all political groups but themselves, making it very difficult for alternate political parties and independent candidates to run for office, and restricting the people’s right to vote for candidates they choose.

Brian Irving

Communications director, Libertarian Party of North Carolina, Cary

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