NC Board of Elections

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The North Carolina Board of Elections will not force counties to use hand-marked paper ballots in upcoming elections. The new board chair Damon Circosta split from his fellow Democrats in a vote Friday to side with two Republicans on the board.

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Updated at 2:04 p.m.

The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

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Gov. Roy Cooper has picked a nonprofit's executive to rejoin North Carolina's Board of Elections days after the chairman resigned following criticism about a sex joke he made at a training conference for election officials.

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North Carolina's Board of Elections Chairman has resigned after opening a statewide meeting of elections officials with a joke about cows and women who don't want sex.

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill designed to crack down on absentee ballot fraud.

Mark Harris fights back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
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Prosecutors have indicted Leslie McCrae Dowless, the political operative accused of harvesting absentee ballots in favor of Republican candidate Mark Harris in the 2018 midterm election. Dowless was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to both the 2016 and 2018 elections. 

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Governor Roy Cooper said he would not exercise his veto power if the Republican-controlled General Assembly would just remove one part of its recently passed legislation on the makeup of the state elections board and ethics commission.

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The only thing that  is certain about the North Carolina Elections and Ethics Enforcement Board is that it is mired in uncertainty. Its chairman just stepped down, a congressional race is in limbo, and a court-ordered change to the makeup of the board was postponed.

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For the first time since 2016, North Carolina has a state board of elections. The nine-member panel was seated on Wednesday.

Also this week, questions emerged about money that the 2014 Thom Tillis U.S. Senate campaign spent on Cambridge Analytica. And, a proposals for new gun regulations was rolled out by Democrats, who called the issue non-partisan.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, with NC Policy Watch, discuss some of this week's stories with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

 

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Last November, some voters in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Sharpsburg showed up to the polls but were unable to cast ballots. Due to a technical error, the Wilson County Board of Elections only printed 12 ballots for their precinct, even though that precinct has over 200 eligible voters. The mayoral race was decided by three votes, and the man who lost has since successfully challenged the results in court.

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections makes final decisions on early voting schedules where the local boards couldn't come to an agreement. Leaders on both sides of the aisle weighed in. Will the election rules finally be set or will more legal action follow? Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest. 

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Nearly three years after North Carolina outlawed Internet sweepstakes games, a new report shows how hard owners fought to keep them going.

  

They spent $10 million on lawyers and lobbyists over four years.

The investigation has led to the resignation of one member of the state Board of Elections.

Some of the money also went to political campaigns in North Carolina, but the report says there were no violations of campaign finance law. 

The state Board of Elections has received thousands of calls about incorrect voter registration information sent out by the state chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a national conservative group.

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Today marks the first day candidates who intend to run for office can officially file in the state.

Candidates for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and District Attorneys are among those who must file with the state Board of Elections in order to run for office.

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The State Board of Elections has removed a Beaufort County elections board member from office.

Republican Delma Blinson of Blounts Creek endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon at a Tea Party meeting two months ago.

State law limits the political activities of members of boards of elections. Josh Howard is the chairman of the State Board.

NC Legislative Building
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This week, the General Assembly overrode two of Governor McCrory’s vetoes on high profile measures. One measure requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients and the other loosens restrictions for seasonal workers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC's Capitol bureau chief Jessica Jones about the response to legislature's moves. In other political news, the State Board of Elections ruled yesterday on two controversial decisions by local elections boards. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC’s Raleigh bureau chief Dave DeWitt about the decisions. 

Last Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed an entirely new staff to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Earlier that week the board was set to begin an investigation into contributions to McCrory's campaign. A one-hundred percent turnover is unusual and leaves many speculating whether or not it has to do with this investigation.

John Frank is a political reporter for the News and Observer and joined Host Frank Stasio today to talk about the turnover.