Voting

Politics & Government
9:21 am
Thu January 2, 2014

New Year Brings New Campaign Finance Rules

Credit NC General Assembly

Changes detailed in the state's new voting law now allow bigger donations for candidates. 

Political office seekers were able to start padding their campaign war chests once the calendar changed to 2014.  Candidates for any office can now accept up to $5,000 from a single contributor.  Before the new year, the contribution limit for most donors was $4,000.  Judicial candidates could only accept $1,000 per supporter. 

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Law
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Challenges To NC’s Voter ID Law Will Be Heard After 2014 Elections

Rosanell Eaton, 92, and Mary E. Perry, 84, are plaintiffs in the NAACP’s case challenging North Carolina’s Voter ID law. They attended U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem for Thursday’s scheduling hearing. 'At least we got it going in the system,' Perry said. 'That’s the main thing.'
Credit Jorge Valencia

A federal judge has ruled that challenges to the North Carolina law that requires voters to show identification at polling stations will not be heard until after the mid-term elections of 2014.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake said in a a hearing Thursday that the law was too complex to be thoroughly reviewed prior to the November elections. Peake scheduled a trial for July 2015.

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Politics & Government
6:38 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Parties In NC Voter ID Lawsuit Can’t Agree Even On A Trial Date

Attorneys on both sides of four lawsuits challenging voting rules signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory this year are scheduled to meet in U.S. District Court on Thursday morning to argue over an opening date for the trial.

The two sides disagree on whether a trial should be heard before the 2014 mid-term elections. The plaintiffs, which include the North Carolina NAACP and the League of Women Voters, are asking the court to schedule for trial in August 2014. The attorneys representing the state are asking for a begin date no earlier than January 2015.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Elections To Be Decided Today

City center of Fayetteville, NC. Voters there will elect a new mayor on Tuesday
Credit City of Fayetteville

Municipal elections take place Tuesday across the state. Just a fraction of registered voters are expected to help decide mayoral races, city council candidacies and one significant school bond measure.

The education referendum is on the ballot in Johnston County. There voters will decide whether or not to allocate $64 million for a school construction bond. Johnston is the second fastest-growing district in the state and leaders say money is needed to provide for the additional student population. There is no organized opposition to the measure.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged

The house failed to pass a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown
Credit http://www.house.gov/content/cao/io/images/house_floor.jpg

  Congress failed to pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown last night.

Republican lawmakers refused to consider legislation to fund the government unless Democrats were willing to concede on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The impasse means furloughs for many federal workers while the Affordable Care Act enrollment continues as planned.

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Politics & Government
2:33 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

More Voting Changes In Watauga County

The Watauga County Board of Elections has restored several polling sites in Boone. That comes a day after the State Director of Elections indicated she would not approve a plan to combine the three sites into one location. 

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Politics & Government
4:29 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No More Pre-Registration Puts Youth Vote In Question

North Carolina was one of only 12 states to pre-register 16-and-17 year olds to vote.
Credit Malate269 / Wikimedia Commons

As the legislative wheels turn, the Voter Identification Verification Act was introduced, debated, and passed at light speed. It was late July - the last week of the General Assembly’s session - when Republican leaders introduced the sweeping voting changes.

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Politics & Government
4:01 am
Wed September 4, 2013

State Elections Board Weighs In On High-Profile Cases

Montravias King is a senior at Elizabeth City State University and a candidate for City Council.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Richard Gilbert, who goes by Pete, is the chair of the Republican Party in Pasquotank County. Over the years, he’s ambled into the County Elections Board meetings in that coastal county and challenged the legitimacy of dozens of voters, many of them students from Elizabeth City State University.

His argument is almost always the same: that the college students who live in dorms there aren’t permanent residents.

So it wasn’t a surprise when he challenged the candidacy of Montravias King, a senior at the historically black university, who had filed to run for city council.

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Politics & Government
4:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

State Board Of Elections To Hear Disputed Local Cases

Local County Board of Elections meetings are usually quiet, lightly attended affairs. But in Watauga and Pasquotank Counties, recent meetings have been acrimonious and highly partisan.

Last month, the Watauga County Board of Elections moved a polling site off of the Appalachian State University campus. Across the state, the Pasquotank County Board of Elections denied a college student a chance to run for local office. Both decisions were decried by Democrats as efforts to suppress the votes of young people. Since this spring, all local Boards of Elections are Republican-majority.

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