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Americans Elect Files For NC Ballot

A national non-profit group called Americans Elect is working across the country to gain ballot access for the 2012 presidential election. Today the group filed a petition of more than 120-thousand signatures with North Carolina's State Election Board. If certified, Americans Elect will get a line on the November ballot. Dagny Leonard is a spokeswoman for the group.

Dagny Leonard: We've actually already achieved a line on the ballot in 21 states. So North Carolina will be the next one, will bring us to 22, and we're really just trying to open up the political process and allow for more competition in this election.

Leonard says the group plans to use an internet-based nominating process to field a ticket for the 2012 presidential election. Under guidelines set by the Federal Elections Commission, Americans Elect cannot accept funds from candidates or candidate committees.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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