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Election lawsuit challenges North Carolina’s absentee-by-mail requirements 

A small group of N.C. voters are suing the state and the N.C. State Board of Elections over absentee voting regulations, but demands in the lawsuit may lead to election fraud, or the appearance thereof, legal and political analysts say. Marc Elias, a Democratic campaign attorney, is representing seven voters in Stringer Et Al. v....

Lindsay Marchello
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Election board’s COVID-19 requests could raise red flags with legislative leaders

A list of COVID-19 recommendations from the State Board of Elections is apt to hit a nerve with legislative Republicans. One recommendation would either reduce or eliminate the need for witness signatures on absentee ballots. Critics point out the recommendation comes after a large-scale absentee ballot harvesting scheme in the 2018 9th U.S. Congressional District...

Brooke Conrad
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Meadows’ decision not to run leads to mad scramble ahead of March primaries

U.S. Rep Mark Meadows, an 11th District Republican, has held his seat since 2011, and he chaired the conservative House Freedom Caucus.  Meadows, whose district is solidly Republican, waited to drop his retirement announcement until Dec. 19, two days after the deadline for candidates to withdraw from races in which they had already filed. That...

Brooke Conrad
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Bishop, Murphy win, but Republicans shouldn’t relax, political science professor says

North Carolina Sen. Dan Bishop on Tuesday, Sept. 10, won the state’s 9th Congressional District race against his Democratic challenger, Dan McCready.  But Republicans shouldn’t relax in 2020, said David McLennan, a professor of political science at Meredith College.  Bishop and McCready were locked in a special “do-over” after the N.C. State Board of Elections...

Kari Travis

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Republicans sweep special House elections in 3rd, 9th districts

Republicans held serve. Let the 2020 election campaign begin. In special elections for two U.S. House districts Tuesday, Sept. 10, state Rep. Greg Murphy of Pitt County and state Sen. Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County held off Democratic challengers to win seats unofficially in the 3rd and 9th U.S. Congressional Districts, respectively. The 9th District race drew national...

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House to consider legislation combating absentee ballot fraud

As the 2020 elections approach, state lawmakers are working to protect absentee voters from fraud.  If signed into law, Senate Bill 683 will require absentee voters to submit a ballot request form with a copy of their ID. This ensures the ballot is delivered directly to the voter and would prevent ballot “harvesters” from distributing...

Brooke Conrad
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Candidate appealing to the center key to 9th District win, experts say

The 9th Congressional District race, one political expert says, may come down to voters’ perception of which candidate has moved closer to the center. State Sen. Dan Bishop, R-Mecklenburg, won a crowded Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District seat. Bishop got 14,361 votes, or 47.7% of the total ballots cast May 14. Just 9.68%...

Lindsay Marchello
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Strach out, Brinson Bell in at elections board in what GOP calls partisan move

The State Board of Elections ousted Executive Director Kim Strach Monday, May 13, on a party line vote, naming Karen Brinson Bell of Charleston, South Carolina, to replace Strach effective June 1. Strach served six of her 19 years with the state board as executive director, having built a reputation as an intrepid investigator on...

Dan Way
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NCGOP Executive Director Woodhouse stepping down after state convention

Dallas Woodhouse, former TV reporter and grass-roots activist, announced Monday, April 15, he would leave his position as executive director of the N.C. Republican Party after the party’s state convention in June. Woodhouse confirmed the announcement Monday morning to several media outlets. “My contract expires at the end of the state convention. With the election...

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Order set for 9th District primary; 10 Republicans seeking seat

Ten Republicans are among the 13 candidates seeking election to the vacant 9th U.S. Congressional District seat after the 2018 contest was marred with so much fraud the State Board of Elections ordered a new contest. Candidate filing ended at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. Only the Republican Party drew multiple candidates. It will be...

Dan Way