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FAQs about VOTING IN NORTH CAROLINA

There is an overwhelming amount of information, misinformation, and fear tactics circulating about voting. The following information hopefully clarifies the process so that you can vote in the way that makes sense for you! Review the information and options below and make a voting plan. …

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RESOURCE: 2020 Election Day Countdowns

Election Day (11/3 polls close 7:30 p.m.):     Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (10/27 at 5 p.m.):     Early Vote Begins (10/15, time polls open varies by county):    Voter Registration Deadline (10/9 at 5 p.m.):     For more info…

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NCGA Republicans target immigrants with yet another bill rooted in false claims

  • S250 puts alleged noncitizens at risk by making their personal information, including name and address, public, potentially exposing them to harassment and violence.
  • S250 addresses a problem that does not exist and will incorrectly remove registered voters from the voting rolls.
    • The rationale for S250 is rooted in disproven claims that NC’s voting rolls are full of undetected noncitizens.
  • Texas lawmakers who approved a similar bill are facing a lawsuit from a group of voters who were incorrectly removed from voter rolls for being “foreign born.”
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Connection to Greg Lindberg is just the tip of the iceberg of former Sen. Wes Meredith’s long history of self-dealing

While we don’t know what Lindberg wanted from Dan Forest, we do know what he wanted from former Sen. Wesley Meredith, who has a long history of self-dealing.

Meredith received a large donation, nearly $40,000, from Lindberg and his associates after he filed a bill that tinkered with NC insurance regulations. The bill was backed by Lindberg’s company and would have changed regulation around the type of investments insurers are prohibited from making.

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21 unconstitutional laws passed under the cloud of a racial gerrymander

For five years now, Republican majorities in the North Carolina legislature have been elected under maps that have been found to violate the Constitutional rights of North Carolinians. The nation’s highest court – including a Justice appointed by President Donald Trump - found these legislators’ actions discriminatory yet they treat this news like another round of a child’s game. We have seen why fair and nondiscriminatory representation is important time and again. 

Fourteen times, laws enacted by this unconstitutional General Assembly have been found unconstitutional. Laws that have rigged the system and earned North Carolina headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Whether it’s restricting women’s access to health care or the worst voter suppression law in the country, these unconscionable actions by the Republican led General Assembly have hurt every citizen of this state. In their decision striking down the voter suppression law, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called out North Carolina Republicans for targeting black voters “with almost surgical precision.” When will it end? 

From the State Supreme Court to the Fourth Circuit and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, courts have not been fooled by the actions of North Carolina Republicans who have enacted laws under the dark cloud of a racial gerrymander. The cases range from the drawing of district maps to coal ash to defunding Planned Parenthood to Elections and Ethics Reform, taking power away from the Governor. In each instance, the rulings have been clear that the partisan power grabs are wrong and they must end. 

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Don’t get the wrong idea from NC09 hearings: Let’s not make it (even) harder to vote in NC

The NC09 hearings have shone the national spotlight onto what appears to be coordinated and well-funded election fraud in eastern North Carolina.

As the NC State Board of Elections investigators wade through piles of evidence and often lengthy testimony, one dangerous narrative has emerged: the notion that our entire voting system should be overhauled.

Yes, a few individuals appear to have taken advantage of the procedures for requesting and returning absentee ballots. But these revelations do not necessitate targeting past and future voters. The actions detailed during testimony, especially on the first day of the hearing, are already illegal. Making it more difficult to register to vote, to vote in person, or to vote by mail won’t prevent future abuses of NC election law by so-called “political operatives.”

Requiring a photo ID to vote, ending same-day registration, and shortening the early vote period would not have prevented the type of electoral fraud the NCSBE is investigating. Republican efforts to target in-person “voter fraud,” which is largely nonexistent, would not have prevented a single action described in the testimony so far.  Moreover, they have not made an effort to target the kind of election fraud and other questionable actions that occurred in NC09.

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The definitive timeline of Mark Harris and the NCGOP’s changing relationship with Red Dome, McCrae Dowless and Absentee Ballot Fraud in NC09

With some new and conflicting information already coming to light during the hearings Monday morning it is time to set the record straight on the changing way in which the NCGOP and Mark Harris have defined their relationships with Red Dome, McCrae Dowless and NC09 absentee ballot fraud.

TL;DR

  • Mark Harris definitely lied.
  • Absentee ballot fraud in NC09 was bad enough to make Dallas Woodhouse physically ill, but not bad enough to warrant an investigation and hearing.
  • Red Dome still silent despite paying Dowless more than $131k. 
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Republican attempts to control elections have left the state in chaos, but they want it that way

In 2013, upon taking control of the governorship and with supermajorities in both chambers, the North Carolina General Assembly entered into the business of statutory election interference. Since then, they have passed five laws intending to seize control over the elections processes to protect themselves. Almost all of these have been struck down by either the courts or voters.

This discord has thrown a complicated wrench into investigations into allegations of election fraud in the 9thCongressional District. A month before the November 2018 election, a three-judge panel ruled the changes Republicans made to the State Board were unconstitutional, but allowed the it to remain in place during the election and subsequent investigation. 

However, as the investigation into Congressman-elect Mark Harris’ apparent election misconduct dragged on, the court ordered the board dissolved. Gov. Cooper moved to appoint an interim board, but Republicans refused to submit any nominees. As of now, even as officials uncover one of the most widespread examples of election fraud, the State Board of Elections sits in limbo, unable to fully investigate, compromise, or certify any evidence or results as a result of Republican efforts to meddle with the board.

How did we get here?

Read on for more.

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The North Carolina legislature doesn't look much like North Carolina— but that is slowly changing

 We are one year out from a new census and just one month past an election that saw an increase in candidates of color and female candidates. Using census information from 2000 and updated estimates, we’ve compiled some comparison graphs to see how diverse the General Assembly is compared to the population of the state. 

As of 2000, the population of the state of North Carolina was 8,049,313. The latest population estimate from 2017 indicates that the state grew by a little over two million people over 17 years. 

Though there were shifts toward better representation of NC’s population by its elected officials, there is still a lot of room to grow. For example, according to 2017 US Census Bureau estimates, Hispanic/Latinx people make up 9.5 percent of NC’s population, but there are no NCGA members who identify as Hispanic or Latinx. White people are still overrepresented in the state legislature as they occupy only 63.1 percent of the state’s population, per 2017 estimates, but more than 70 percent of both legislative bodies.

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GOP Lawmakers Push Constitutional Amendment to Deadlock Elections Board Just After Election Fraud was Reported to NCGOP

In the days following the May 2018 Republican primary for the 9thCongressional district seat campaign staff for Robert Pittenger reported concerns of ballot irregularities to the NCGOP and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Incumbent Rep. Pittenger lost the Republic…

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