North Carolina Newspapers

Wednesday, November 1, 2000
Votes for Nader Void on N.C. Ballot
By Tim Sullivan
Staff Writer
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When N.C. voters head to the polls
on Tuesday, one prominent name will
be missing from the election ballot.
Not only will
Green Party presi
dential candidate
Ralph Nader not be
on the ballot, but write-in votes for the
candidate also will not be counted.
Political parties that receive at least 10
percent of the vote in the most recent
gubernatorial race are automatically
placed on the presidential ballot.
A Green Party candidate did not run
for governor in the 1996 election. The
Green Party therefore had to submit a
petition with slighdy more than 50,000
signatures if they wanted to be on the
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But Don Wright, chief counsel of the
N.C. Board of Elections, said the Green
Party only submitted 2,000 signatures to
the state by the June 1 deadline.
The party filed a lawsuit against the
N.C. Board of Elections, asking for a
two-month extension to obtain the nec
essary signatures.
The lawsuit failed, and Nader was
kept off the ballot
Mark Marcoplos, a member of the
Orange County Green Party, said the
electoral system in North Carolina is set
up to maintain a party “duopoly” -a
word often used by Nader to describe
the two-party nature of American poli
Wright added that even if voters do
write in Nader, the votes will be rejected
by the tallying machine, so the percent
age of Nader supporters in the state will
not be known.
But Marcoplos said that votes for
Nader should constitute the vast major
ity of the rejected votes, so this number
should provide a rough indication of
Nader’s support in the state.
Two other third-party candidates are
on the N.C. election ballot - Reform
Party candidate Pat Buchanan and
Libertarian Party candidate Harry
Judge Earl Britt, who denied Nader
the extension, would not comment on
the lawsuit because the case is current
ly under appeal.
Nader could have at least qualified as
a write-in candidate by submitting a
petition of 500 signatures by early
The deadline passed with no action
from the Nader camp.
Wright did not know why the Green
Party neglected to submit the write-in
He added that Nader did submit the
same petition before the 1996 presiden
tial elections and was a possible write-in
candidate in North Carolina.
Wright said David Mcßenolds of
the Natural Law Party is the only
approved write-in candidate for presi
dent in North Carolina in this election
But Heather Yandow, member of
UNC’s Student Environmental Action
Coalition and a Nader supporter, said
voters who favor Nader should still vote
for him, regardless of the fact that their
votes won’t be counted.
“People should really vote for who
they would like to see in power.”
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Top Stories From the
State, Nation and World
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Ex-‘Tonight Show’ Host
Dies of Heart Attack
LOS ANGELES - Steve Allen, the
bespectacled, droll comedian who pio
neered late-night television with the
original “Tonight Show” and wrote
more than 4,000 songs and 40 books,
has died at 78.
He died Monday night of an apparent
heart attack at the Encino home of his
son, Bill Allen, relatives said Tuesday.
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His wife, Jayne Meadows, rushed from
their nearby home to the son’s home.
“He said he was a little tired after din
ner,” Bill Allen said. “He went to relax,
peacefully, and never reawakened.”
In addition to starting the “Tonight
Show,” Allen starred as the King of
Swing in the 1956 movie “The Benny
Goodman Story.” He appeared in
Broadway shows, on soap operas, wrote
newspaper columns, commented on
wrestling broadcasts, made 40 record
albums, and wrote plays.
Clinton Hits Campaign
Trail, Avoids Limelight
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Heeding pleas ■
to keep a low profile, President Clinton
campaigned on the sidelines of the pres- ,
idential campaign Tuesday, stumping J
for a former welfare recipient running
for Congress from Kentucky and trying
to energize New York voters at a
Harlem rally with black ministers.
Accusing Republicans of reneging on
a budget compromise, Clinton said it
was vital for Democrats to regain con-
trol of Congress. “The leadership in
Congress is way to the right of the
Republicans in the country,” he said.
A week before Election Day, Clinton (
avoided the limelight of the White
House race at the urging of Vice V'
President A1 Gore’s advisers. While the ,■■
president remains high in the polls,- 1 •
Gore’s staff fears that Clinton’s presence " -
in battleground states could alienate
swing voters, particularly women whose
support is vital for the vice president
Gore’s explanation is that he is cam-, y
paigning on his own, without Clinton at, -
his side, to prove he is his own man.
with his own plans.
Clinton said he is leaving his cam- .
paign travels up to others who are ,
involved in day-to-day operations and ,
have access to polls. • „
Clinton came to Louisville to boost
the candidacy of Eleanor Jordan, who
hopes to become Kentucky’s only black
woman member of Congress.
New Terrorist Threats
Put Troops on Alert
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are on the high
est state of alert following new indications
of terrorist threats in those Persian Gulf
countries, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon '
cited “credible threat information” but
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U.S. officials also revealed that since
the bombing of the USS Cole on Oct. >
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have used the Suez Canal - the fastest,
and normal, route from the eastern
United States to the Gulf. ,
The crippled Cole, with most of its '
crew still aboard in the Gulf of Aden, '
will take the long way home to the ’
United States - around the Cape of
Good Hope on Africa’s southern tip - >•
to avoid die Suez Canal, said defense •
officials who discussed the matter •
Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
The defense officials said the Navy ■
has been avoiding the Suez because of
security concerns in light of escalating
terrorist threats in the region.
Campus Calendar
11:40 a.m. - WALK THIS WAY!
Join the National Pan Hellenic .
Council members in their walk to the
polls. NPHC welcomes all students to
join in their walk. Meet in the Pit - the
walk will start at 11:50 a.m. and go
through campus, ending at Morehead
Join the walk and show the strength
of the student community through vot
ing. Every vote counts!
noon - Don’t know who to vote for?
Come to the Sonja H. Stone Black
Cultural Center for an Around the
Circle discussion about the 2000 elec
Representatives from both political
parties will be present at the discussion,
sponsored by the UNC chapter of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
5:30 p.m. -The Black Student
Movement’s general body meeting will
be held in Upendo Lounge. All students
are encouraged to come meet and inter-;
act with the Ebony Readers and Onyx
6 p.m. - The Wesley Foundation
will meet for dinner and a program on
7 p.m. - The UNC men’s basket
ball team will holdJV tryouts in the
Smith Center.
For the Record
As part of the Oct 31 article called
“How Will N.C. Cope if They Don’t
Pass the Bond?” The Daily Tar Heel
incorrectly identified one of the people
the paper interviewed exiting
Morehead Planetarium.
The picture that ran with Carol
Whitehill’s quote was not a picture of
Whitehill. The woman who appears in
the picture is Marilyn McNamara.
The Daily Tar Heel regrets the error.
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Wednesday, November 1,2000
Volume 108, Issue 105
RO. Box 3257, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
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