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States that send a mail ballot to every voter really do increase turnout, scholars find

BY: - October 7, 2023

Lately, a rough consensus has emerged among people who study the impact of voting policies: Though they often spark fierce partisan fighting, most changes to voting laws do little to affect overall turnout, much less election results. But one fast-growing reform appears to stand out as an exception. When every registered voter gets sent a […]

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As NC lawmakers push new election laws, here’s how to make your voting experience run smoothly

BY: - September 5, 2023

They say the third time is the charm, and that was the case last week when I decided to get the official state photo voter identification card. My first attempt was scuttled by work. The second by the inclement weather Tropical Storm Idalia swept in. My third attempt on a Friday proved to be perfect. […]

Common Cause NC’s Sailor Jones on the legislature’s latest efforts to make voting more difficult

BY: - August 28, 2023

Senate Bill 747 is a grab-bag of Republican election law changes. Last week Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the bill noting the legislation has “nothing to do with election security and everything to do with Republicans keeping and gaining power.” Republicans have pledged a quick override of Cooper’s latest veto. Common Cause of North Carolina Associate […]


Fair to the finish

BY: - August 21, 2023

Congresswoman Valerie Foushee on her efforts to combat gun violence and strengthen fair elections

BY: - August 7, 2023

The dog days of summer and the traditional August congressional recess have both arrived, but that isn’t preventing some lawmakers from continuing to work hard on an array of important issues that confront the nation. One of those lawmakers is North Carolina Fourth District Congresswoman Valerie Foushee. Recently NC Newsline caught up with Foushee and […]

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NC lurches toward elections with voter photo ID

BY: - July 25, 2023

Pamela Pearson knows that getting a photo ID for some people isn’t as easy as heading to the DMV. Pearson is the North Carolina coordinator for VoteRiders, an organization with a mission to help eligible citizens get IDs they need to vote.  Getting an ID can be tough if you can’t take time off to […]

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NC Republican proposed voting restrictions fit a red-state pattern

BY: - June 22, 2023

North Carolina is joining a group of Republican-led states that are imposing new restrictions on voting and exerting legislative control over elections boards. Republican senators passed controversial bills that would make it harder for people who vote by mail or sign up to vote during early registration periods and have their ballots count. They seek […]

NC elections board preps for voter ID, braces for more, potentially expensive, requirements

BY: - June 2, 2023

The state Board of Elections voted Friday to expedite the creation of voter photo ID rules to have them ready for upcoming municipal elections. While they’re preparing to enforce the voter ID law, elections administrators are working to decipher proposed elections changes Senate Republicans filed Thursday.  The state Board voted unanimously to begin adoption of […]


What Georgia’s 2022 runoff can teach us about the 2024 White House race

BY: - December 13, 2022

Several years ago, several “Eat This, Not That” books took America by storm, dispelling a lot of myths about our eating habits, giving us smarter diets. Here’s a similar version, based upon lessons from the 2022 Georgia election and runoff, which can help candidates prepare for the 2024 election and avoid myths from prior ballot […]

Strong opposition to GOP request for signature matching on NC absentee ballots

BY: - July 12, 2022

More than 7,000 people wrote the State Board of Elections with their thoughts on the state Republican Party request to allow county elections officials to verify mail-in ballots by matching ballot signatures with those on voter registration documents. Most commenters opposed allowing local elections officials to use signature matching, with hundreds of people calling the […]

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a […]

Despite proven record of success, GOP lawmakers target ballot drop boxes in fight over voting rights

BY: - February 9, 2022

In the November 2020 general election, nearly 40 states had ballot drop boxes available and more voters used drop boxes than in any election in U.S. history, according to a report from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project. But in the lead up to the election and the years since, the big metal boxes have become […]