Election

Local News
5:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How 2014 Turnout Data May Fit Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Participation: Total votes from identified demographic. Proportion: Demographic as a percentage of all votes cast. Turnout: Percentage of registered voters who participated from identified demographic .
Credit N.C. Board of Elections

A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

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Local News
4:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Maintains Supermajority In NC Legislature

Credit NC General Assembly

Republicans are maintaining their supermajority in the North Carolina state legislature. That means they can continue to easily bypass Democratic opposition and override the governor's vetoes.

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Local News
4:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Mecklenburg Voters Say 'No' To Sales Tax

Marinn Bengel with Together 4 Meck tells reporters people still support higher teacher pay even though sales tax failed. She's flanked by CMS Board Chairwoman Mary McCray and Tracy Russ.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

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Politics
2:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'This Victory Is Our Victory,' Tillis Declares

U.S. Senate-elect Thom Tillis smiles as he prepares to address supporters with (L-R) wife, Susan; daughter, Lindsay; and son, Ryan following his victory over Kay Hagan.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Nearly 3 million ballots were cast – but it all came down to 46,539 votes. That was enough to make Thom Tillis North Carolina’s next U.S. senator. The slim margin was painful for those gathered in Greensboro at Hagan’s election night headquarters. But the margin was irrelevant in an uptown ballroom in uptown where Tillis gave his victory speech. 

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Local News
1:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cotham Tops Meck. Commission Race As Democrats Maintain Majority

Pat Cotham

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


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Politics
5:17 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Tillis Wins, Meck Sales Tax Hike Loses Big

The podium at Thom Tillis' election night party at the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE

1:05 a.m.   

The State Board of Elections says it may order a recount of the Supreme Court race between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson. The margin between Beasley and Robinson is just over 5,000 votes. State law allows for an automatic right to a recount in statewide races when the margin is under 0.5 percent or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower. Robinson will have to submit a written demand to the State Board before noon on November 18 if he wants a recount. 

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Local News
4:46 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In Mecklenburg County And Statewide, Early Voting Turnout Easily Beats Last Midterm

Credit N.C. Board of Elections.

Early voting turnout increased about 40 percent in Mecklenburg County compared to the last midterm election, according to the county board of elections. That's despite seven fewer days of early voting as a result of the state's sweeping election overhaul.

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Politics
3:15 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Science And Strategy Of Getting Out The Vote

Finding 'drop-off' voters, yup, there's an app for that.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

On Tuesday, the polls will open, ballots will be cast and the victors of the 2014 midterm elections will be known...we hope.

Historically, the turnout in midterm elections is low. Whichever candidate or party can best mobilize their base is the victor.  It’s what’s known as the ground game. And there is a science behind the strategy.

Don’t let the calm nature of Bruce Epperson fool you. The 42-year-old is on a hunt. "I’m on Danview Avenue, 2800 block."

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Sunday Headlines
10:08 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Senate Candidates Stump In Cornelius

North Carolina’s US Senate candidates are counting down the hours to Election day Tuesday. Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis both brought their campaigns to Cornelius Saturday in hopes of getting out the vote.

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

Credit WFAE

Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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