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A compilation of Carolina Public Press 2020 election coverage
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Las consecuencias de la lucha Republicana para no certificar al nuevo presidente podrían obstaculizar los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos a medida que las empresas se alejan de las contribuciones políticas.
Un sistema en línea permitió a los habitantes de Carolina del Norte rastrear sus votaciones por correo, pero creó confusión para algunos votantes.
Fallout from the vote to certify the new president could hinder future fundraising efforts as companies back away from political contributions.
Carolina Public Press has compiled resources to assist North Carolina voters in making informed decisions. This content includes links to our nonpartisan election reporting and access to tools that voters can use to conduct their own research.
Un poco más de 400 votos en las elecciones de 2020 no se contaron porque se presentaron sin evidencia que fueron emitidas antes de la fecha límite del 3 de noviembre.
An online system allowed North Carolinians to track their absentee-by-mail ballots but created confusion for some voters.
Comprender dónde y por qué se usan las boletas provisionales puede brindar información útil sobre el proceso electoral.
A little more than 400 ballots in the 2020 Election went uncounted because they showed up with no evidence to prove they were cast before the Nov. 3 deadline.
Political parties often make claims in one election cycle to gain a favorable result, experts say. If their arguments are applied in later elections, the results may not be to their liking.
Understanding where and why provisional ballots are used can give insight on the elections process.
A look at tough questions following Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Hill insurrection in Washington.
NC political leaders express shock, determination after rioters storm U.S. Capitol to prevent certification of presidential election results.
La concesión pone fin a la larga lucha de la carrera por la Corte Suprema de Carolina del Norte, mientras que la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos rechaza el esfuerzo por cambiar los resultados presidenciales de los Estados Unidos.
Concession ends long fight for NC Supreme Court race, while U.S. Supreme Court squarely rejects effort to reignite U.S. presidential race.
Momentum favors GOP’s Newby, but race is closest statewide contest in NC history, with much on the line for key judicial position.
Second recount and multiple appeals await in close race for North Carolina’s top judge.
Statewide recount to settle Supreme Court chief justice contest will follow clear rules. But counties will be left paying the bill.
Extremely close finish, protest filings by both candidates and automatic recount could postpone conclusion of high court race in NC.
Mistakes, system problems, outstanding provisional ballots and protests delay final result in at least one race, with recount possible.
North Carolina goes for Trump in close vote, but not enough to overcome other states that flipped to Biden.
Cawthorn stakes easy victory in much-hyped mountain congressional contest.
Governor wins with comfortable edge as Forest fades. Parties to split other council of state races, with Attorney General Josh Stein a narrow winner.
Split decision as one party gains in Senate and the other in House. GOP remains in majority in both chambers, but can’t reclaim supermajority they had before 2018.
Outstanding provisional ballots in one county, protests, possible protest appeals and likely recount leave one statewide race uncertain and more work for elections staffs before they can certify all results and update voter history.
Battle for chief justice role on state’s highest court may depend on final ballots from Robeson County.
Republican member of the NC State Board of Elections Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers IV: ‘I think here in North Carolina we have one of the best processes I have seen.’
For NC election officials, 2020 ballot counting has been business as usual.
To-be-counted by-mail and provisional ballots will decide a handful of remaining statewide and down-ballot races that can still tilt the balance of power.
Counting how many ballots need to be counted is underway as they arrive by mail at county election offices. Counting the votes will come during canvassing.
Rumors of problems a worse headache for some than the actual challenges experienced on Election Day in North Carolina.
On this week’s Kicker, host Stephanie Carson talks with a series of voters from across the state who voted early or by absentee ballot. The Kicker from Carolina Public Press · The Kicker, Show 52 | NC Voter First Hand Accounts Continue to follow our latest election 2020 coverage by clicking HERE. Carolina Public Press…
More than 4.5 million in NC have already voted, with edge to Democrats. But areas with more potential Election Day voters tilt Republican.
Tomas Lopez of Democracy NC: “I think that if there’s a litigation option that’s out there on all sides of this, there’s a good chance it will be invoked.”
High early turnout in some districts likely a sign of loathing the opposition more than embracing one’s own candidate.
If you follow the money, four state Senate races stand out for major influx of cash, including from outside state.
Toxic partisanship means change in control of NC House would spell a sea change in policy making. Several races across the state highly competitive.
NC in better shape to handle absentee ballots, get results posted earlier than many other states. Counties a mix on transparency of vote counting.
Even if you requested an absentee NC ballot, you may opt to vote in-person instead. Here’s how.
North Carolina voters can follow their ballots through an online system — and learn how to fix any errors on the return envelope.
Experts suggest Democrats pick up at least two state Senate seats, but possibly more if Cooper has coattails.
Postmarked NC ballots submitted through the mail on time will still be counted if the Postal Service does its job by Nov. 12.
Court decision over extension on receiving NC absentee ballots could come down to arcane question about what a “legislature” is. The answer to that question could open the door to courts frequently deciding American elections.
Ballots being screened for flaws that can or can’t be fixed, with voters notified if they need to make a change.
State election director: ‘Any voter also has the option of going and voting in person if they’re comfortable and doing so if they’re worried about the time constraints with the absentee by-mail process at this point.’
Rhetoric and hiring of shady characters raises concerns, but NC laws protect voters against most intimidation efforts.
Thursday set record for start of early voting, more than doubling numbers from 2016. Mail-in ballots also on record-breaking track.
Legal fight could taint perception in a close election with parties threatening to go to the Supreme Court over NC absentee-by-mail ballots.
Election officials predict 80% of North Carolina voters will have cast ballots before Election Day.
Lack of clear information from state leaves responsibility for knowing whether they can vote on individuals, who could face prosecution if they’re wrong.
Some counties not providing for virtual observation of ballot processing because state doesn’t mandate it.
Republican lawyers tell federal judge that flawed ballots fixed under new rules would taint vote pool with ‘illegitimate’ ballots. Judge says state election board went beyond what his previous ruling allowed.
Voting litigation being heard in federal and state courts with less than a month until Election Day. Thousands of mail-in ballots in limbo.
Highly partisan system in NC encourages the political football with NC State Board of Elections seen in recent years, political scientists say.
Mailing from independent group appears to have been a mistake, but election officials wary of fraud after mischief in 2018 congressional race.
Groups work to maintain equal access to the ballot for people living with a disability and in marginalized communities.
Deadline approaching for registration to vote on Election Day. One-stop voting offers additional option.
State legislators are co-defendants in lawsuit over counting absentee-by-mail ballots, which the N.C. State Board of Elections settled without their involvement. State judge rules that’s OK, but lawmakers announce immediate appeal.
Tracking and other measures implemented in recent years should prevent repeat of ballot-harvesting exposed during 2018 election cycle.
Parties have done the math and one stands to gain in NC from counting more absentee-by-mail ballots while one stands to gain from counting fewer. Legal fight becomes a proxy for trying to win.
Watch the NC-11 Sept. 30 debate. Watch the NC-11 Sept. 30 debate (Spanish translation). Download the transcript. Audio from Carolina Public Press · 11th Debate Wrap Up NC-11 congressional candidates Madison Cawthorn and Moe Davis debated on Sept. 30. This debate, hosted by Carolina Public Press and WLOS and broadcast here and on WMYA My40…
Reporters test mail delivery across NC by sending from many points to different parts of the state. Missing postmarks could affect ballot acceptance.
NC rules allow public to observe as local boards of elections decide whether to accept or reject absentee ballots.
NC State Board of Elections votes to release records from closed session following claims from Republicans who departed over rules change for which they voted.
Republicans say Democrats misled them. Democrats deny accusations. Partisan fighting could threaten smooth election process in North Carolina.
NC-11 Congressional candidates Madison Cawthorn and Moe Davis will participate in a debate on Wednesday, Sept. 30, hosted by Carolina Public Press and WLOS. The debate will be taped Sept. 30 at WLOS studios in Asheville for broadcast later that day at 7:00 p.m. on WMYA My40, wlos.com and carolinapublicpress.org. Holly Headrick, News 13 weekday…
Online tool will give by-mail voters in North Carolina knowledge about whether their ballots have arrived and been accepted.
Restoring the vote: Thousands in NC affected by court ruling, election officials trying to identify them
Some 5,000 people convicted of felonies who have completed sentences can’t be prevented from voting just because they owe fines, courts said. NC State Board of Elections now working to figure out which potential voters should be restored.
Expected surge in early voting could hit different NC counties unevenly, with some struggling more to find enough workers. By the way, it’s a paying job.
Crowds of supporters in Republican Henderson County greet President Trump on his way to appearance.
Law preventing people convicted of felonies from voting dates to post-Civil War attempts to strip rights of Black residents, but people of all races are affected.
Harnett County lawmaker steps down ahead of announcement from federal prosecutors.
Pandemic conditions, rumors about problems with mail-in voting, how to get a ballot, how soon to send it in, confusion about photo ID rules and many other concerns addressed in this NC voting in 2020 FAQ.
Even if hypothetical military equipment was purchased for police to use on protesters during RNC, judge says that possibility doesn’t negate security exception to state’s records law.
Voters with visual impairment push for right to vote online in NC, currently limited to overseas military. Voting security experts warn that’s a bad idea.
Dynamics of 2020 election in NC are increasing the need for poll workers, but fears of the pandemic are making those workers harder to find, with many of the older workers who have served at polls previously worried about high risk for COVID-19.
Pace of NC by-mail absentee ballot requests running four times higher than at this point in 2016, as officials prep for election impact of mail-in surge.
Photo ID provision may sway state and federal courts, but requiring it for fall elections could prove a serious headache for elections officials.
Election victory for Cawthorn in GOP second primary, despite opponent’s big-name endorsements. COVID-19 precautions offer glimpse of challenges for fall.
Bipartisan vote in NC House advances election bill with pandemic-related funding and other measures, but NC elections officials didn’t get all they wanted.
Modifications to voting and expected high demand for absentee ballots will come with costs, for which state and local election officials aren’t ready.
A few NC election issues left unresolved after primary canvassing, but dealing with coronavirus looms as bigger headache for 2020 election.
Social distancing and other coronavirus measures clash with rules for election tasks after primary, will cause headaches for runoff, possibly beyond.
Nationally hailed as Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020, saw big victories in NC for Joe Biden and most incumbents, but a few surprises and potential runoffs.
Big, busy primary election day in North Carolina goes off with only scattered line lags and printer glitches as voters make their decisions.
After Winston-Salem police help expose disinformation campaign, it’s apparent efforts to meddle with elections have hit NC, but voters can fight back.
October 9: Voter registration deadline for general election.
Go here to register online.
October 15: Early voting (also called “One Stop”) begins.
Go here for a list of One Stop sites.
October 27: Deadline to request an absentee mail-in ballot.
Request a mail-in ballot from the N.C. Board of Elections website.
October 31: Early voting (also called “One Stop”) ends.
Go here for a list of One Stop sites.
November 3: General election day. Your mail in ballot must be postmarked by 5 p.m.
Go here to look up your polling place.
November 6: Deadline for mailed absentee ballots to be received.
Return absentee ballots by mail or in person to your county board of elections office, or drop them off at an early voting site in your county.
November 13: Counties canvass the general election, making their vote counts official.
November 16: Deadline to conduct any county recounts.
November 17: Deadline to conduct any state recounts and receive protests.
November 24: State canvasses election results, making the vote counts official.