Constitution Party of North Carolina recognized

RALEIGH — The state elections board voted June 6 to recognize the Constitution Party of North Carolina. Group members collected more than 12,000 valid signatures from registered voters before a deadline. The Constitution Party joins the recently recognized Green Party in North Carolina as a new party. The two parties are holding conventions later this month to choose nominees for this fall.

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians already have established state parties. The official designation means voters can register with any of the five parties or as unaffiliated.