When you go to the polls in North Carolina, you have less freedom to choose who you want to elect than citizens of virtually every other state. A recent North Carolina Supreme Court decision will continue to restrict our electoral freedom. However, the state legislature is considering a bill that would protect our rights. For a political party to get its candidate on the ballot, it must obtain signatures equivalent to 2 percent of the number of individuals who voted in the previous gubernatorial election. This would amount to about 85,000 signatures. If the party's candidate receives 2 percent of the statewide vote in the election, the party doesn't have to acquire the signatures for the next election. If the candidate doesn't receive the 2 percent, the political party has to go through the arduous process of acquiring signatures again.