Elections & Voting


Civitas President Explains Need for Voter Photo ID

With the General Assembly considering legislation requiring voters to show photo identification to vote, a House panel recently heard from experts on the issue. Among those testifying was Civitas President Francis X. De Luca. Here are his remarks with accompanying charts. Remarks to House Committee on Elections, State Legislative Building,…


Missing Connection: WRAL and Blueprint NC, $1.7 million in support

When reporting on Blueprint NC’s leaked documents, WRAL was all over the story, with one exception: It somehow failed to mention in any of its stories that the owners of the station are deeply entangled with the left-wing group and some of its allies. A strategy memo  from liberal policy…


Elections Bureaucrats Ran Amok

The North Carolina State Board of Elections subverted state law to facilitate online voter registration in North Carolina by the 2012 Barack Obama campaign.


Lobbyist Bob Hall and Gary Bartlett Planned Attack on Republican Legislature

Lobbyist Bob Hall and SBE Director Gary Bartlett conspired on a strategy to boost funding for Bartlett’s agency and attack the Republican legislature.


NC SBE – Who is really in charge and who do they work for?

The NC SBE is the bureaucratic staff that dominates both the election machinery and increasingly the way campaigns are conducted in North Carolina.


Will Republicans Become a Lasting Majority in North Carolina?

As the rest of the South moved solidly Republican in recent decades, North Carolina held out, remaining reliably Democratic at the state and local level except for brief fits and starts. Election 2012 may have changed that — but Republican leaders will have to work hard to make the change…


Civitas Probe Shows Late Voter Registration Weakens NC’s Already Shaky Election System

A new Civitas Institute study has confirmed what critics have been saying for years: North Carolina’s Same Day and Last-Minute Voter Registration processes are seriously flawed. In July 2007, the North Carolina Legislature passed House Bill 91, (Registration and Voting at One-Stop Sites). The law allowed voters to register and…


Voter Education? Or Indoctrination?

Opening an email sent by the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce I saw something that caught my eye.  The subject was “League of Women Voters to Provide Voter Education Training.” What really grabbed me, however, was the group involved: the very liberal Democracy North Carolina.  I wanted to hear how…


NC Vote Tracker Reveals Voting Trends

NC Vote Tracker is back for the 2012 General Election!  Vote Tracker is the user-friendly database at the Civitas Institute’s Carolina Transparency website (www.carolinatransparency.com/votetracker/) that helps us all wade through early voting numbers.  The data comes straight from the State Board of Elections (SBOE) website, where it is refreshed each…


The Pivotal Supreme Court Race

The race for a seat on the State Supreme Court is under most radars but it could decide the state wide voting districts for the next ten years. Matt Willoughby has a video report.

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