Early Voting

Local News
9:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law

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Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department will be back in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem this morning to continue making their case that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is discriminatory. The hearings that began Monday morning have included personal stories of voting challenges, allegations of voter fraud, and even a 25-minute math exercise. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Packed Courtroom And A Long Line For Hearing On NC Voting Lawsuits

The U.S. Justice Department is arguing before a federal judge in Winston-Salem this week that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The Justice Department and civil rights groups are asking the judge to put the changes on hold.

Reverend Milton Williams was among dozens of people stuck in line outside the courthouse, unable to get into the packed hearing.

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The Party Line
2:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Psst ...There's An Election Coming Up

Michael Bitzer

With the start of early voting for the May primary election, many counties are expanding their voting locations and times to adjust to the new requirements under the 2013 VIVA Law, or the Voter Information Verification Act.

As recently reported, Mecklenburg County will offer more than six times as many early voting hours as it did in the 2010 primary election. But as a result of the VIVA Law, those hours will come during fewer days. 

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Local News
3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

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Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic explain a federal judge's ruling on legislative immunity in the N.C. voting lawsuits.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Many Counties Seek Exemption From NC Early Voting Requirements

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More than a third of North Carolina's counties are asking for an exemption from part of the sweeping election overhaul the General Assembly passed last year. Those exemptions would allow counties to cut early voting periods beyond what the new law already does.


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The Party Line
4:10 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Look At Early-Voting Stats

In a recent report, a bi-partisan presidential commission provided several recommendations regarding how Americans vote and promoting “confidence in the administration of U.S. elections.”

Chaired by a Democrat and a Republican, the commission focused its recommendations on the voter registration, poll access, polling place management and voting technology.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

North Carolina's Voter Photo ID Law & 'Moral Mondays' Come To Charlotte

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On Monday, Governor McCrory signed a new election bill into law, a move that has received a lot of attention nationwide. Supporters of the Republican-backed law say that it will cut down on voter fraud while opponents claim it's a way to suppress voting among groups who tend to lean left. However you see it, the new law will mean changes for every voter in the state. For example, it requires a state issued license or ID to vote, reduces the number of early voting days and ends same-day registration. 

We learn about the changes and find out how voters should prepare themselves before going to the polls. Then, our next guests have been fighting the voter ID bill and now plan to fight the law in court. The state's branch of the NAACP has been protesting this and many other changes coming out of the state legislature in what they call "Moral Monday" rallies and now they're coming to Charlotte. Learn more, when Charlotte Talks.

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The Party Line
12:48 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Republican Lawmakers, McCrory Take A Bite Out Of Early Voting

With much of the discussion of the massive election law revisions coming to North Carolina, many have described the legislation as the “most sweeping voting changes in the country.” 

One aspect of the legislation that has drawn particular focus of the media and analysts is the seven-day reduction in the number of early voting days.

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Local News
9:11 am
Thu August 1, 2013

NC Explainer: Voting Rights

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WFAE's Marshall Terry and Michael Tomsic discuss voting changes that resulted from the North Carolina legislative session that ended recently.

Big changes are coming to North Carolina's election laws. That's what we're focusing on this morning as part of our week-long look at some of the major bills state lawmakers passed this session.

Election experts say North Carolina passed some of the most sweeping voting changes in the country. It's a huge shift from our current election laws, from how many days you'll have to vote, to what you need to bring to cast a ballot to even how you can register. But let's start with when you can vote.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Crowds Flock To The Polls As Early Voting Ends

There were long lines at polling stations Saturday on the final day of early voting statewide. About 2.7 million voters cast early or absentee ballots in North Carolina this year. That’s about 41 percent of the state’s 6.6 million registered voters, according to the N.C. Board of Elections.

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