It’s been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November’s general elections. The feud that’s erupted over it could alter this year’s election results but even more importantly, the outcomes in 2024. Let’s try to sort it out as best we can.

We don’t know much about the Green Party or who is involved with it, but it boasts principles of “green” politics, such as social justice, environmentalism and nonviolence. They want to field a slate of candidates to run statewide in this November’s elections and, to comply with North Carolina law, the new party must present at least 13,865 signed petitions from registered voters to get that approval.

Tom Campbell is a Hall of Fame North Carolina Broadcaster and columnist who has covered North Carolina public policy issues since 1965.