RALEIGH — There's another new official political party in North Carolina that can field candidates in November's general elections.
The state elections board voted Wednesday to recognize the Constitution Party of North Carolina after group members collected more than 12,000 valid signatures from registered voters.
According to its website, the party lists the following as seven essential core values: life, religious freedom, traditional family, private property rights, pro-Second Amendment, anti-socialism and national sovereignty.
The Constitution Party joins the recently recognized Green Party in North Carolina.
The General Assembly passed a law last fall lowering the signature threshold, which had been at more than 90,000. The Green Party was recognized because of a new option linking recognition to whether the party had candidates on ballots in at least 35 states in the last presidential election.
The two parties are holding conventions later this month to choose nominees for this fall.