North Carolina is the only state that requires presidential write-in candidates to file a petition if they wish their write-ins to be counted. The only presidential candidate who collected the needed 500 signatures this year is Virgil Goode, Constitution Party nominee. This is the only the second time that the Constitution Party has had this status. In 1996, the other time, Howard Phillips was credited with 258 write-in votes.
The three presidential candidates who will have their names printed on the ballot in 2012 are the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Parties.
In 2008, the Green Party did obtain write-in status in North Carolina for Cynthia McKinney. She was credited with 158 write-ins.