Elon, Meredith and HPU polls offer insight into mindset of voters ahead of next week’s election

BY: - November 3, 2022

With elections looming next week, a trio of North Carolina-based polls released this week give insight into the mood of the electorate, voters’ top concerns and how confident they are in the elections themselves. The national economy continues to be a top issue for voters and the latest Elon University Poll, conducted Oct. 26 and […]


Research shows how and why NC elections are underfunded

BY: - October 27, 2022

Across North Carolina early voting is in full swing and voters are heading to the polls. How long the wait lines are, how many sites are open, and what machines voters use (along with unseen work outside of voting season to support voter databases and support candidate filing processes) all depend on funding. North Carolina […]

National government associations and legal scholars want U.S. Supreme Court to reject NC Republicans’ theory on elections   

BY: - October 27, 2022

If NC lawmakers prevail, states face the prospect of being forced to run different elections under different voting rules National associations representing cities, counties and mayors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject North Carolina Republicans’ claim that legislatures should be the sole state authority setting rules for federal elections.


This weekend: Going “Deeper into Democracy” in NC elections

BY: - September 30, 2022

Electoral maps. Court decisions. Economic insecurity. Misinformation and disinformation. With the midterm elections looming, North Carolina voters have a lot to think about. This weekend in Greensboro, Policy Watch’s Lynn Bonner and political scientist Chris Cooper will parse those issues in a wide-ranging public conversation. The free event, Deeper into Democracy: Voting & Elections in […]

Information can’t keep up with misinformation about NC voting machines  

BY: - September 15, 2022

Commissioners’ meetings in Surry County are a showcase of election conspiracy theories where distrust of the machines that count ballots plays a starring role   This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy.  The northwestern North Carolina county on the Virginia border is probably best known as the home of Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry in his eponymous television show from the 1960s. This year, Surry County has been a stop on the circuit for prominent election deniers who falsely maintain that votes were engineered to have President Joe Biden win in 2020. 

On Democracy Day, newsrooms draw attention to a crisis in the U.S. system of government

BY: - September 15, 2022

A recent poll found that 69 percent of both Democrats and Republicans think democracy in the United States is in danger of collapse.  Almost two years after Donald Trump falsely claimed that voter fraud cost him the election and inspired a web of supporters and “big lie” candidates to also believe the election was rigged, […]

NC Board of Elections rejects residency challenge and votes to keep Democratic state Senate candidate on the ballot

BY: - September 2, 2022

The state Board of Elections voted 3-2 along party lines to keep Democrat Valerie Jordan on the ballot in state Senate district 3, rejecting a claim that she does not live in the district. With its vote Friday, the board reversed an earlier 3-2 decision by the Currituck County Board of Elections that Jordan did […]

NC network seeks to boost trust in elections with a statewide tour

BY: - August 19, 2022

A new group in North Carolina is planning a statewide tour to bring information about the nuts-and-bolts workings of elections to the public. The North Carolina Network for Fair, Safe, and Secure Elections will bring a program featuring elections officials, lawyers, and information about election security to each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. The […]

State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 25, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Elections officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors last week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

August 4 Crucial Conversation: Moore v. Harper: The latest NC gerrymandering case and its implications for American democracy

BY: - July 22, 2022

Join us Thursday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. for a very special (and online) Crucial Conversation: Moore v. Harper: The latest NC gerrymandering case and its implications for American democracy At the end of its most recent term in June, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear a North Carolina redistricting case...

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 […]

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]