North Carolina residents have until 5 p.m. tomorrow, April 11, 2014, in order to vote in the May 6, 2014 primary elections. Residents will have until that time to either register to vote, change their political party affiliation, change their name or their address with the North Carolina Board of Elections. Although North Carolina has a new voter ID law requiring a government issued picture identification to vote, that law will not go into effect until elections in 2016.
The Libertarian Party primary is between Sean Haugh and Tim D'Annunzio. The two were recently featured in a debate during the Libertarian Party of North Carolina state convention. During the debate both candidates displayed a strong knowledge of global as well as domestic issues. Haugh said during his introduction speech, "The Democrat or the Republican in this race will not talk realistically about what to do about our piling up of debt." Haugh refers to $17 trillion in debt the United States government has accumulated and is expected to reach $24 trillion by 2020. It is this debt, along with private debt, which many say is keeping our economy from growing to its full potential as we pay a growing percentage of our budget simply to pay interest on the mounting debt.
In a question posed to the two Libertarian candidates about the "wasted vote syndrome" they both had radically different answers. D'Annunzio said, "I'm afraid my allegiance is not to the Libertarian Party, my allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States." He also said that he would support a Republican candidate he was running against if he felt he did not have a chance to win, so long as that candidate was a libertarian-minded Republican. Haugh had a different take on the question stating, "I have no respect for the spoiler argument. None! The fact of the matter is, only the votes that are counted are the ones counted for a candidate. The whole spoiler effect has been dis-proven; it is something people feel emotionally. It is not something that holds up when you study it in reality." Texas gubernatorial candidate, R. Lee Wrights, wrote an informative essay on the issue found here.
There are only 23,500 registered Libertarian Party voters in North Carolina, however the winner of the Libertarian primary could get traction with the nearly 2 million unaffiliated voters in North Carolina for the general election in November. Another potential for the Libertarian in the race is that Americans continue to move toward the Libertarian Party, allowing for a stronger turnout of Libertarian voters than in the past.
The Republican Party primary is between eight Republicans and the Democratic Party primary is between three Democrats. The winners of the three primaries will run against one another in a race to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate culminating to the November 4, 2014 general election.