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Board of Elections Schedule For Fall 2015 Municipal Voting PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina voters in cities and towns across the state will head to the polls in the fall to choose members of local boards. The state Board of Elections has posted the following calendar.

Absentee Voting By-Mail begins for September Municipal Primary

9/3/2015 8:00 AM     
One-Stop Early Voting Begins for September Primary

Absentee Voting By-Mail Begins for October Municipal


9/24/2015 8:00 AM     
One-Stop Early Voting for October Municipal Election

10/2/2015     Absentee Voting By-Mail Begins for November Municipal

Bill To Move Presidential Primary Passes House 111 to 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It's on to the Senate for House Bill 457, which would move North Carolina's presidential primary to March 8. The goal is to prevent North Carolina from being penalized by the national parties for trying to hold the primary in February, a move legislators made in 2013.

The Republican National Committee has told North Carolina it would take away a substantial number of convention delegates if the state GOP persists in trying to become one of the first states to choose nominees. North Carolina's primary has traditionally been held in May. Candidates are usually already chosen by that time.

National Democrats are opposed to a pre-March primary for North Carolinan as well. This week, Democratic Rep. Mickey Michaux of Durham endorsed the bill during a committee meeting, saying he didn't see a choice. "“You [Republicans] are going to lose some delegates if this thing stays the way it is, and we [Democrats] are going to lose some too,” Michaux said.

N.C. Republican Party Snags Presidential Hopeful Gov. Scott Walker For State Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The man national Republicans believe will be the next to jump into the presidential race will appear at the state Republican Party's convention this summer.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be a featured speaker at the June 5-7 convention in Raleigh. The party announced the governor's appearance on Tuesday.

Other  confirmed speakers include entrepreneur Donald Trump and former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton.

Republicans will choose their next state leader at the convention. Current chairman Claude Pope has announced he will not seek a second term.

Democrats already have a new leader in place. Patsy Keever took the helm earlier this year as the Democrats work on rebuilding a fractured party structure.

Supreme Court Orders Review of North Carolina Redistricting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

The justices ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.

The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.

In Alabama, the justices said a lower court used the wrong test when it upheld legislative districts and determined that race was not the primary motivating factor in drawing boundary lines.

The Supreme Court said judges in North Carolina must revisit their ruling in light of the Alabama decision.

In both states, Republicans strengthened their grip on power through redistricting.

Election and civil rights advocacy groups and Democratic voters in North Carolina sued over the maps and argued that lawmakers created oddly shaped districts to create clusters of Democratic-leaning black voters. The redrawing of the map had the effect of benefiting Republicans elsewhere in the state. Republicans said the districts were lawful and designed to protect the state from legal claims under the federal Voting Rights Act.

The case is Dickson v. Rucho, 14-839.


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