In her first State of the State address, Gov. Beverly Perdue described some of the challenges facing North Carolina, and called on her fellow lawmakers and citizens to make the tough decisions necessary to balance the budget and improve the state’s economy. Despite a looming $2.1 billion state budget deficit, the Governor surprised lawmakers and supporters with her pledge to increase per-pupil spending.
It's bad enough legislators already get to pick their constituents through the horrific mess that is redistricting; now some legislators think that having to be held accountable to the voters every two years is problematic.
No sooner do we put the 2008 election cycle behind us and we turn our attention toward the 2010 elections. Between now and then, many eyes will be on the race for the open US Senate seat in North Carolina, which is now held by first-term incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R). But after four years in statewide office, Burr is relatively unknown across the state. A majority of voters said they either have “no opinion” of the current Senator or are “not aware” of him at all.
With the 2007 passage of HB 1517, North Carolina established the “Voter-Owned Elections (VOE) Fund.” Essentially, the legislation diverted taxpayer dollars into a fund where monies were made available to finance the campaigns of Council of State candidates in the 2008 elections. The Council of State offices affected are: Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Commissioner of Insurance.
John Davis explains why the NC governor race turned out like it did, why Obama liked North Carolina, and N.C.'s all female Council of State.
Since the 1972 election, after the adoption of the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18, we regularly hear that this will be the year that “young voters” will make the difference. And just as regularly, young voters fail to show up at the polls in the numbers predicted.
One of the questions I have repeatedly received from across the state is “who are the conservative candidates for judge?” If you are confused on whom to vote for in judicial elections, you can thank many of your state legislators.
Unaffiliated voters are registering in record numbers, rivaling Democrats in their weekly increase in registration. There are 1.3 million unaffiliated voters – 22 percent of the electorate - and they are increasing more rapidly than Democrats or Republicans. While some counties still have few unaffiliated voters, the unaffiliated registration in other counties surpasses the registration of one party or the other.
It’s the question every political pundit or newspaper columnist has written or commented about. Everyone has a theory – “If Obama can register this many people or if unaffiliated voters break this way” – on the way to construct the numbers to show Obama can be competitive or win in North Carolina.
Previously, the Civitas Institute explored the myth that new voters were going to overrun polling places and dramatically shift the political landscape in North Carolina. Now we turn our attention to another electoral hypothesis – that young voters, those between 18 and 25, are going to also show up in droves and they will be the ones who create the new paradigm in electoral politics.
Statewide Voter Registration: April 2004 to August 2008 Data Source: State Board of Elections Note: Data from 2004 – 2006 is reported at most twice a year.
The Civitas Institute released a new web feature today, which allows users to easily view voter registration. It reflects changes over time and data comparisons since 2004 and the end of 2007, statewide, and in all 100 North Carolina counties.
Many myths abound regarding Real ID: that it is an unfunded mandate (not true); that Real ID requires RFID technology (not true); that Real ID requires a national database (not true); that Real ID requires the collection of additional personal information (not true); or that Real ID will make it more difficult for homeless persons to obtain an ID (again, not true). Behind the myths, the reality is that Real ID will save money, protect jobs, and make the citizens of North Carolina safer.
Popular opinion has proclaimed this to be the year of the new voter – one in which the surge in new registrants and their enthusiasm to vote will bring a “tidal wave” upon the political scene and usher in a new era of politics in North Carolina. However, if we look at the actual results of the May primary, this so-called tidal wave of new voter intensity is actually more like a ripple.
In a rush to adjourn, the General Assembly is passing bills by the fistful with little real debate or consideration of the impact of the legislation. While it is hard to pick out which bill to call the worst – one stands out – Senate Bill 1263, Election Law Amendments. This bill, while containing a number of tweaks to election law, contains one change that should be seen as a tsunami headed for the 2008 elections!