2016 Election

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Charlotte voters have an extra page at the bottom of their ballots this month. The city is asking voters to approve $218.44 million in bonds for transportation, housing and neighborhood improvements.

Early voting is up 10.7 percent in Mecklenburg County, compared with the last presidential election four years ago.  

As of Wednesday night, the 14th day of early voting, 211,876 people had cast early ballots in the county. That's up from 191,405 after the same number of days in 2012.

Voter registration is up just 4 percent since 2012, according to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

The ballot in Mecklenburg County this fall lists five pages of races, from president on down. At the very bottom is a race few know much about: Soil & Water Conservation District supervisor. It's unusually competitive this year.

Candidate websites

The North Carolina treasurer’s race often gets overshadowed by other elections. But consider this, the treasurer runs a pension and health care system for state employees that is roughly four times the size of the state’s yearly budget.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Morning Edition host Marshall Terry break down the race for North Carolina treasurer.

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A federal judge in Winston-Salem will hear arguments Wednesday over the recent cancellations of up to 4,500 voter registrations. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP alleges some of those cancellations targeted African-Americans, and all of them violate federal law. The North Carolina Board of Elections calls that a legal misinterpretation that puts registration policies in most states in jeopardy. Either way, advances in technology have changed the way these cancellations happen.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Burr's Google Plus Account

It seems October surprises aren’t just for presidential candidates.

Monday night, an audio recording came to light showing North Carolina Senator Richard Burr making comments that can be characterized as controversial at best.

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The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP filed a federal lawsuit Monday over the recent cancellations of up to 4,500 voter registrations. The NAACP says those cancellations in three eastern counties violate federal law. The state Board of Elections disagrees.

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Almost from the start of his outsider presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been planting seeds of doubt in the election process. The Republican's standard-bearer has suggested he might not accept the results of next week's election, and has argued the entire electoral process has been rigged against him.

Some voters may be wondering where their legislative representatives stand today on North Carolina's House Bill Two.  A direct answer may be more elusive than you think.  

Nick de la Canal

Each day this week, WFAE has been meeting with voters around Charlotte to get a sense of what really matters to them in this election. Many of the voter's we've heard from so far haven't fallen squarely in the liberal or conservative camp, but express beliefs somewhere in between.

Today, we visit Hornet's Nest Park just off Beatties Ford Rd in north Charlotte. Beneath a canopy of pine trees, a mother and her son are walking slowly, picking things off the ground, and stashing them in a paper grocery bag. Are they picking dandelions? Cleaning up litter?

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