4:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Goes Smoothly In Charlotte So Far

Volunteers campaign more than 50 feet away from the entrance to First Ward Elementary School, which served as a polling place for the election.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Election officials say there have been few problems – none major – with voting in the Charlotte area Tuesday. For the most part, people have obeyed laws preventing campaigning too close to polling places, voting machines have functioned properly, and voters have faced short lines. Many election officials say the short waits are in part because of the state's record turnout of early voters. Some precinct chairs say almost half of their precincts' registered voters cast their ballots before Tuesday morning.

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Election 2012
5:14 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Lady Gives Final Obama Campaign Push In Charlotte

First Lady Michelle Obama greets a crowd of supporters in a hangar in Charlotte Monday afternoon.
Credit Julie Rose

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied a few thousand supporters in a hangar at the Charlotte airport this afternoon. It was the last major Obama campaign event in North Carolina of the 2012 election.  WFAE's Julie Rose was there and joined WFAE's Mark Rumsey by phone from the rally. 

RUMSEY: Julie, why did Michelle Obama come here today?

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Election 2012
10:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

The Week In Politics: Early Voting Ends, North Carolina Tight In Presidential, 8th District Races

WFAE's political analyst Michael Bitzer has been joining Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen most Fridays. He's a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury. They spoke on the final Friday before the November 2012 election to take one last look at various races in North Carolina.

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Local News
7:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Make Gains In Early Voting Turnout

A part of the line of waiting voters Saturday at Charlotte's Veterans Park.
Credit Jennifer Lang

Early voting in North Carolina wrapped up over the weekend. The turnout exceeded 2008’s by almost 100,000 votes, and a lot more Republicans cast early ballots this year.

In 2008, early voting gave then-Senator Obama a big lead in North Carolina that Senator John McCain nearly erased on election day.

This year, President Obama still has a comfortable lead. But about 52,000 fewer Democrats and about 65,000 more Republicans cast early ballots.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pre-Election Show

Catawba College's Michael Bitzer, WFAE News' Michael Tomsic, Lisa Miller and Julie Rose join us to talk about the Election.
Credit Erin Sutton

Tomorrow’s the day we’ve been leading up to for over a year. Election Day is upon us, and this hour, for a final look at how the election looks here in Charlotte, we’ll be joined by WFAE News Reporters, along with our WFAE “The Party Line” political blogger, Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about the big local and state races, and a last minute look at the presidential election and more.

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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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Election 2012
4:36 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Making The Voting Grade? MoveOn.Org Mails Report Cards

MoveOn.org sent out over 630,000 of these report cards to North Carolina voters.
Credit MoveOn.org

Do you generally sit out elections? An arm of the liberal group, MoveOn.org, may have found a way of shaming you into voting. Between now and Election day, it's mailing out millions of  voter "report cards" to residents of swing states like North Carolina. 

It's pretty simple. On the left, a bar graph compares the number of times you voted with the neighborhood average in the last five general elections. And then on the right, you get graded based on voting history. 

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3:41 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Commentary: Voting Public Also Needs To Clean Up Its Act

Political candidates are often taken to task for how low they'’ll go to win an election, and for good reason, says commentator Lisa Kunkleman. But she says political discourse among voters also needs to improve.

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Election 2012
9:15 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NC-8 Candidates Compete In New Territory

Democrat Larry Kissell knocks on doors in a Lexington, NC neighborhood that is now part of the 8th Congressional District.
Julie Rose

Every ten years, the political party in power gets to redraw voting district lines in its favor. Republicans did it in North Carolina this year, leaving incumbent Democrats at a disadvantage in several Congressional races such as NC-8, where traditionally conservative portions of Rowan and Davidson Counties are now in the boundaries.

Running for Congress is tough as it is – you’re up for re-election every two years, which means you’re constantly campaigning and raising money.

Plus, most people in your district have no clue who you are.

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Election 2012
9:34 am
Mon October 29, 2012

In Search Of The "Good Ole Girl System"

Pat McCrory

Republican Pat McCrory frequently references the need for a “fresh voice” in Raleigh during his campaign for North Carolina governor.

“It is gonna take an outsider – an outsider to break up this Good Ole Boy, Good Ole Girl system that has been in control for far too long within our state government,” said McCrory in his first televised debate against Democrat Walter Dalton.

Framing oneself as “an outsider who can bring change” is commonplace in political campaigns. But McCrory’s choice of words caught our attention – and left WFAE’s Julie Rose scratching her head.

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