Democratic organizations made attempts to stop the North Carolina Green Party getting on the electoral ballot.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted across party lines 3-2 with the Democrats to not certify the Green Party, according to The News & Observer.
Days before the Green Party was refused ballot access by The Board of Elections an influential Democrat aligned law firm, The Elias Group filed numerous complaints to The News & Observer asking for hundreds of signatures to the Green Party’s petition to be nullified. The outlet stated that Marc Elias was the founder of the company and served as the general counsel to John Kerry (and Hillary Clinton) respectively.
The Elias Group sent a letter to the Board of Elections on June 28 stating that the Green party tried to “obfuscate the purpose and intent of their party” by providing general guidelines on how to properly ask for signatures, WFAE reported.
The Green Party sent a letter to the Board of Elections, accusing them of misleading voters. Green Party Senate candidate Matthew Hoh wrote in the letter that “at least 20 voters who signed North Carolina Green Party (“NCGP”) petitions have reported that they received calls, text messages and in-person visits to their homes by people aggressively attempting to compel them to remove their signature from our petitions,” according to WFAE.
Hoh also shared text messages on his Twitter that appear to show contact between an organization trying to confirm petition signatures, later revealing itself to be the The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (RELATED: Democrats Force Biden’s Left-Wing Regulator Picks To Senate Floor)
I just received this text. This is @dscc attempting to subvert @NorthCarolinaGP‘s successful petitioning for ballot access. These people are showing that neither the Dems nor GOP care about democracy. They only want to maintain power. Please help us fight back: https://t.co/rwj2t8risJ
Please RT. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/AZDZUypkap
— Matthew Hoh for Senate (@MatthewPHoh) June 25, 2022
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee did not respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.
An audio recording published by the Carolina Journal allegedly captures a call between Green Party co-chair Tony Ndedge and a caller claiming to be a Green Party representative, according to WFAE. According to WFAE, the recording seems to show the caller verifying that they are representatives of the Green Party before asking Ndedge for his removal from the mailing list. Ndedge inquired, in reference to Ndedge’s signature.
Below is an audio recording in which an alleged Democratic agent poses as a volunteer for the Green Party and requests that they remove their name off the Green Party ballot. @DavidLarson83 #ncpol pic.twitter.com/sqiW4wweLx
— Carolina Journal (@CarolinaJournal) July 1, 2022
A video published by The News & Observer appears to show a woman, who identifies herself a member of the North Carolina Democrats, asking a Raleigh resident if he would be “interested in removing their name from the petition,” according to the outlet.
Mitch Kokai told The Daily Caller that Marc Elias, and others, are part of an electoral operation which spends much of its time filing lawsuits against Republican voting maps and other integrity measures. With little or no evidence to support their claims, they claim that Republicans have taken steps to block the democratic will of the people. Marc Elias and his operatives as well as the Democratic electoral system are working actively to stop the will of the people. These tactics are absolutely despicable .”
They fear that the Green Party is a better alternative for too many voters who vote Democrat by default. Kokai said that allowing the Green Party access to the ballot will hurt Democrats’ chances of winning votes from their lukewarm voters. Libertarian Senate Candidat Shannon Bray stated to the Daily Caller, “The rules have been stacked against independent thinkers. The general public isn’t aware of how hard it is for real change.” The Elias Group has not responded to Daily Caller’s request for comment. I wish more people knew about the activities that are taking place behind closed doors .”