Elections & Voting


NC Supreme Court Race Displays Blowback from Voting Changes

A race for the state Supreme Court is highlighting how changes in judicial elections may come back to bite the Democratic Party and the high court justice who once benefited from the changes. If Justice Robin Hudson is unseated in this year’s elections, it might be because of the unintended…


Racist Roots: Progressives Sought White Supremacy in 1898

In our Spring 2014 Civitas Review magazine, Civitas' Susan Myrick looked back at a dark chapter in North Carolina history -- the "White Supremacy" campaign of 1898. White progressive Democrats ran an avowedly racist campaign to remove blacks from political life. The photo on the front page of the web…


Another Look at NC Election Results

Elections can be viewed at many different angles, from analyzing voter turnout to interpreting vote totals. That’s what consultants and candidates do to win races and election junkies do for fun. Voter turnout, broken down by demographics – i.e. party affiliation, gender, race and age ­– is important in understanding…

Civitas Partisan Index – 2012

Civitas Partisan Index – 2012

Modeled after the Cook Partisan Voting Index developed for congressional districts, the Civitas Partisan Index compares the political leanings of voters in each state house and senate district with the partisan voting tendencies of the state as a whole.


The Whole Story about Voter Reforms in NC

Much has been said and written about the election law reform legislation known as VIVA (Voter Identification Verification Act – HB 589) – but too many of the reports are misleading or just plain wrong. The legislation was passed in the 2013 legislative session and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory…


Portrait of a Hit Piece

Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program…


D.C.’s Misguided Attack on NC Voting Law

The U.S. Justice Department gave early warning to North Carolina news outlets that it would file a lawsuit later the same day to stop certain provisions of the new voter ID/election reform law passed in the 2013 legislative session.


The Facts Behind the Watauga County Elections Changes

The Watauga County Board of Elections met on August 12 and “welcomed” a new board member who was ultimately elected chairman, Luke Eggers , a Republican. He had been sworn in almost one month after the other two board members, Bill Aceto, a Republican, and Kathleen Campbell, a Democrat. This…


The Way We Were – The Troubled Culture of North Carolina Elections

It is expected to take a little more than two years to implement the new voter photo ID law, but it will take a lot longer to change the dysfunctional culture that is entrenched in the state and local boards of elections and their staffs. Not only has the legislature…


Money Monday, Not Moral Monday

Liberal protesters at the General Assembly have been claiming they are acting in the name of morality, but a new Civitas study shows the role played by money – more than $100 million in state funds.

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