Elections & Voting

 

SBOE Flip Flops on Absentee Ballot Request

First Approves DemocracyNC, Then Denies Request from GOP For a time, Bob Hall (Director, DemocracyNC) was the only person outside of the State Board of Elections (SBOE) who knew he was approved for an absentee ballot request form that violated state law. An absentee ballot request form is necessary for…

 

Mayer Flails – and Fails in New Yorker Article

Add Jane Mayer to the list of liberals trolling the backwaters of North Carolina politics desperately looking for evidence to validate the lefts’s predetermined conclusion that Art Pope bought control of North Carolina politics. Mayer, who authored the recent New Yorker piece on Art Pope, claims to be an investigative journalist.…

 

Redistricting Maps: Politicized or Payback?

The first North Carolina legislative and congressional redistricting maps drawn by Republicans since Reconstruction have passed the General Assembly, and they have been greeted with caterwauling from Democrats claiming they give an unfair advantage to their opponents. The media has largely allowed Democrats to articulate these complaints without mentioning their…

 

My Opportunity for Voter Fraud

The hot voter ID button seems to only be getting hotter these days.  Many arguments have been floating around as to why or why not HB 351, “Restore Confidence in Government,” should be passed.  I would like to share a slightly different perspective on the issue. In the 2008 General…

 

New Maps Rankle Old Majority

So the maps are out, and not surprisingly, so are the hecklers. The General Assembly recently released the legislative redistricting maps that will be in place for the next decade.  These maps have been met with  an understandable fury of protest by Democrats who will soon face Republican-drawn districts for…

 

End to Public Campaign Financing Means Increased Taxpayer Savings

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law claiming to support “clean elections,” ruling 5-4 to uphold our free speech rights and finding the law unconstitutional. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act of 1998 established a system of campaign finance that dispenses taxpayer dollars to candidates who accept…

 

North Carolina’s Attempt at Election Reform

To no one’s surprise, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed House Bill 351 “An Act to Restore Confidence in Government by Requiring that Voters Provide Photo Identification Before Voting” a week after the legislation was ratified by state lawmakers. In the week leading up to the veto, Perdue spokesperson Chrissy Pearson made…

 

Should Voters Pick Justices Blindly?

‘Justice is Blind’, or so the saying goes, but should that adage also apply for electing justices? Believe it or not, our current system for electing judges in North Carolina encourages just that. By removing the (R) or the (D) from a candidate’s name on the ballot, our system of…

 

Shorten Early Voting – Good. Eliminate Registering and Voting on the Same Day – Better

On May 18, 2011, House Bill 658 “Shorten Early Voting Period” passed with a 60-58 vote.  The bill would shorten the current 2 ½ week early voting period by a week.  Six Republicans voted against the measure.  The Senate’s version of this bill, Senate Bill 657, goes further by eliminating…

 

Legislation Requires Photo ID to Vote

The road has been rocky, but the Republican majority has voted Voter Photo ID legislation (House Bill 351, “Restore Confidence in Government”) out of House Committee on Elections. The bill is now headed to House Committee on Appropriations before moving to the full House for a vote in the coming…

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