North Carolina voting issues

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Election and registration information

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election North Carolina used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots

Governmental election authorities

State Board of Elections

Contact information:

  • North Carolina State Board of Elections
  • 506 North Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • (919) 733-7173 or (866) 522-4723
  • Fax: Administration - (919) 715-0135 Campaign Reporting - (919) 715-8047 Information Systems - (919)715-1344


Election threats

  • November 1, 2008. A casket with an Obama sticker and picture of Presidential candidate Barack Obama was left outside a North Carolina early polling station "for at least several hours, if not days," frightening voters. The intimidation was condemned by the NAACP.[1]
  • October 20, 2008. Voters selecting a "straight-ticket" still need to separately mark their choice for President and turn the ballot over to vote in non-partisan races.[2]

    Under a state law dating back decades, voters who wish to cast a straight-ticket ballot must still vote for president separately.

    The law was put in place by state Democrats to protect themselves from state voters' longstanding preference for Republican presidential candidates.

    But it can also hurt the presidential candidate, as thousands of voters do not realize they have to do more than mark the straight-ticket option.

  • October 9, 2008 New York Times story on illegal voter purging mentions North Carolina as one of the states involved.[3]

Vote verification and security

Voting machine verification and security

North Carolina uses the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Votings' Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:


  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[4]

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of North Carolina, Ms. Judie Burke, President

  • 3509 Haworth Drive, Ste. 404
  • Raleigh, NC 27609-7214
  • Phone: 919-783-5995
  • Fax: 919-783-5995
  • E-mail: lwvnc@bellsouth.net
  • http://www.lwvnc.org/

Local Leagues:


FairVote North Carolina


North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting


Voter Action North Carolina

Articles and resources

See also


References

  1. "NAACP condemns Obama casket," The News & Observer, November 1, 2008.
  2. "To vote a straight ticket, mark ballot twice," The News Observer, October 20, 2008.
  3. Ian Urbina, "States’ Purges of Voter Rolls Appear Illegal," New York Times, October 9, 2008. Mentions North Carolina as one of the states.

    Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times. [. . .] The screening or trimming of voter registration lists in the six states — Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina — could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.

  4. This past problem and description are from the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log. Click through for included links to origin of report.

External resources

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Voting machines

Election law


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External articles

Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times. [. . .] The screening or trimming of voter registration lists in the six states — Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina — could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.