Local News
1:54 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

More Voters Get To The End Of The Ballot In 2014

Credit Mecklenburg County

In addition to electing new federal, state and local lawmakers, North Carolinians voted for 144 new judges, from the state’s Supreme Court down to district courts. Fewer people vote in these lower information, non-partisan, down ballot races—it’s called “roll-off”— but this year more people made it all the way through.

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Local News
9:28 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Three Years Later, NC Redistricting Still In Court

North Carolina's Congressional districts after the 2011 redistricting process.
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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an Alabama redistricting case that could impact legislative maps in North Carolina. In fact, the Alabama case may be part of the reason the North Carolina Supreme Court still hasn't ruled on the redistricting plan here even though it heard the case almost a year ago.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Cannon leaves the courthouse after being ordered to in-house detention until his prison sentence begins.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon found himself in court again today, four weeks after he was sentenced to prison for public corruption. This time, it was voter fraud.

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Local News
9:05 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Republican Congressional Pickup A Win For Redistricting

North Carolina congressional map after 2013 redistricting
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Many Republican gains in Tuesday’s elections were due to the party’s strong turnout, including in North Carolina’s Senate race. But the GOP also gained a Congressional seat in the state, which did not hinge on turnout. Instead, the victory was the final pay-off from recarving the state’s Congressional districts in 2011.

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Local News
1:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

Less than 12 hours after the 2014 elections ended in North Carolina, attacks have already begun for 2016’s marquee match-up.

11:24 p.m.: The Associated Press called the North Carolina Senate race at 11:24 p.m.

9:47 a.m.: The North Carolina Republican Party sends out an e-mail blast attacking state attorney general Roy Cooper.

It’s the first official shot in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Cooper is the presumptive Democratic nominee, expected to take on Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

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Charlotte Talks
1:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014


Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On the morning after Election Day, we dig into the outcome of the key races, examine voter turnout and comb through the results to see what we can learn about the mood and mind of voters and where they want the country and the region to go.  From the impact of all those ads on the outcome of the North Carolina Senate race, to the bizarre world of judicial stump sp

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The Party Line
1:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Democrats Comprise Nearly Half Of 2014 Early Voters

Now that we have phase one of the voting process completed in North Carolina, namely the in-person early voting, all that we have to do is await the final results on Tuesday’s Election Day.

In 2008’s and 2012, 61 percent of the ballots cast came before Election Day, with thirty-eight percent coming in on Election Day.

But in 2010, only 35 percent of the ballots came before Election Day, while in 2006, only 21 percent came early.

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Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Financing Majority Control

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Monday, November 3, 2014

On Tuesday, the most expensive political race in history will end. Election Day will stop the flow of cash into the campaigns of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis but cash will continue to flow to the winner and all of the winners around the country as the influence of money on politics grows. And that is the subject of an award-winning book by frequent contributor Dr. Eric Heberlig of UNC Charlotte. 

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Local News
10:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion on voting rights with Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson, Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and NPR correspondent Pam Fessler.
Credit Jennifer Lang

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

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Local News
10:02 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Non-Political Districts Would Have Benefited Democrats In 2012, Duke Analysis Shows

Current North Carolina districting.
Credit Duke University / www.math.duke.edu

Republicans picked up three seats in North Carolina's 2012 congressional elections. The election used districts that had been redrawn by the state's Republican-controlled legislature following the 2010 census. Political gerrymandering is nothing new, but does it thwart the "will of the people" on election day? Researchers at Duke University say a mathematical model they've developed shows that if the exact same votes in 2012 had been cast in differently-drawn districts, the overall results would have changed. WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed the findings with Jonathan Mattingly, a Duke math professor and one of the study's authors.