12:33 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Wake School Board Redistricting Case

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The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging Wake County’s school board election maps.

The Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice is challenging the 2013 redistricting on behalf of a handful of Wake County residents and two local organizations. They argue that the new districts drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly disfavor urban voters.

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC State Students Travel By Party Bus To The Polls

NC State Junior Kinesha Harris poses with a model from Cosmopolitan Magazine. They all took a party bus to the polls.
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Students at NC State traveled by party bus to the polls on this Election Day.

In 2012, more than 13,000 people voted at NC State’s Talley Student Union.  But it’s no longer a voting site.  So students got creative.  The student government association won a Cosmopolitan Magazine contest that provided a party bus to the new off-campus polling place, which included Cosmo male models. 

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Politics & Government
8:32 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

More People Vote Early Than In Last Midterm Election

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More North Carolina voters cast their ballots early this year than did in the last mid-term elections, according to State Board of Elections figures released Sunday. A new election law limited the number of early voting days but increased the total hours.

Roughly 1.1 million people voted by mail or in person at polling stations by the end of early voting on Saturday, up 20 percent from 961,000 in 2010, the board of elections said.

Here are three possible causes for the increased turn-out:

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Politics & Government
7:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Conservative Activist Says Six NC Political Campaigns Encouraged Illegal Votes

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A conservative activist known for making undercover videos of what he says is illegal or unethical political conduct says he’s found campaign volunteers at six local North Carolina campaigns giving inaccurate information about voting eligibility.

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Politics & Government
1:14 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Election 2014 In NC: 'Who's Going To Be Madder' Might Decide Some Races

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Friday was the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the state's new voting law to be in place, eliminating same-day registration in the days before the election. In response, some groups increased their voter registration efforts. The Durham Board of Elections has been getting so many registrations that they doubled their staff from six to 12.

Judy Harwood usually works at the front desk, but the other day she was typing up names and addresses in an overflow room in the back of the building.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Voters To Decide Whether Felony Defendants Can Waive Right To Jury Trial



When North Carolina voters go to the polls this year, many will quickly fill-in their decisions for major elections.

On the ballot they’ll find the U.S. Senate race, state legislature races, county commissioners, and the North Carolina Supreme Court race.

But way down at the end of the ballot will be a proposed constitutional amendment. Unlike Amendment One in 2012, most changes to the constitution do not receive national media attention.

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Politics & Government
7:34 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Portions Of NC's New Voting Law

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A federal court judge has issued a preliminary injunction on two portions of North Carolina's new voting law, following a decision from a federal appellate court this week saying the state should allow same-day registration during early voting in this year's election.

Irving Joyner, an attorney with the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, which is challenging the law in court, says that as many as 30,000 African American voters used same-day registration during early voting in the 2012 election.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Thu October 2, 2014

NC Voters Can Register Same Day They Vote During Early Voting Period, Federal Court Says

Rosanell Eaton and Mary E. Perry are plaintiffs in the NAACP’s case challenging North Carolina’s Voter ID law.
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A federal appeals court has suspended parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, saying it may disproportionately affect black voters. State lawmakers are already asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision.

The ruling will allow voters to register on the same day they cast a ballot during early voting, and to vote outside of their assigned precinct.

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5:57 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Will Voting Law Changes Cause Confusion?

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A  federal appeals Court in Charlotte heard arguments Thursday on whether or not changes to North Carolina's voting law can go into effect before the November election. The changes were passed by the Republican-led General Assembly last year. Critics argue the laws restrict access to voting, particularly among minority groups.

The North Carolina NAACP has argued the changes are a violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, and of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bureaucracy Turned On Its Head

Artist Stacey Kirby playing the part of a Local Declarations Officer in the performance art piece The Declaration Project.
Stacey Kirby

Artist Stacey Kirby transformed CAM Raleigh’s Media Lab into the “Bureau of Personal Belonging”—a series of interactive performance art installations that explore themes of belonging, identity and validity. 

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