NBC News — Anti-Donald Trump Republicans hoping to get an alternative on the presidential ballot this November are quickly running out of time.
Monday marked the first state ballot deadline for independent presidential candidates. And it just so happened to be in a state critically important to the GOP — Texas. An independent candidate must scrounge up almost 80,000 signatures to meet Monday’s deadline to appear on the state’s presidential ballot, according to Ballotpedia, a website that tracks ballot access requirements.
And it doesn’t get much easier after Texas. One month from now is the filing deadline for North Carolina, a battleground state that could play a major role in determining who gets the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. To get on the ballot there, a candidate needs about 90,000 signatures by June 9.
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