Uncategorized

Curtailing early voting ‘downright un-American’

Many newspapers across the state have run articles this past weekend noting the steady stream of North Carolinians taking advantage of early voting ahead of the November 6th General Election.

The editorial board at the Winston-Salem Journal says this should be a strong signal to legislative leaders who repeatedly worked to limit early voting options in the last session. Here’s an excerpt of their editorial:

‘In response to the early-voting crush, the Democratic-controlled State Board of Elections last week called on local boards to either expand early-voting hours or sites. But given money constraints, few of the local boards will able to do much expansion. Most, like the Forsyth County one, will do the best with what they have through strategies such as putting more staff and equipment at the busiest sites.

Legislators should take note of this heavy volume, because there were attempts during the 2011-12 legislative sessions to reduce early voting options significantly, to cut the money to operate the sites and to limit the hours, all made under the pretense of saving state dollars.

Future efforts of that sort would be unpopular and downright un-American. A heavy turnout, regardless of which way voters go, is a good problem to have in a democracy.

Early voting allows all registered voters to get to the polls, not just those who can get free to do so on Election Day. It eliminates the excuse many have had, in the past, when they explained why they did not vote: “I was busy on Election Day.” It also eliminates the possibility that some freak event, like bad weather, would greatly reduce turnout.

We hope that the 2013 General Assembly finds even more ways to increase voter participation.’

You can read the full editorial here. And if you haven’t voted yet, early voting continues in North Carolina through Saturday, November 3rd.

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. The Right wages class warfare in Washington ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A pivotal legislative task force may be just beginning its dive into North Carolina’s school funding [...]

The controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, has been ra [...]

North Carolina tries to mine its swine and deal with a poop problem that keeps piling up A blanket o [...]

This story is part of "Peak Pig," an examination of the hog industry co-published with Env [...]

Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a jaw-dropping civil rights lawsuit again [...]

Will Burr and Tillis really vote for this? For much of the 20th Century, one of the labels that Amer [...]

President Trump and Congressional Republicans aim to rebrand enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest ho [...]

20—number of years since a bipartisan coalition in Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance P [...]

Spotlight on Journalism

We invite you to join a special celebration of investigative journalism! The evening will feature Mike Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team known for their coverage of the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Tickets available NOW!

Spotlight On Journalism

This event will benefit NC Policy Watch, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. Sponsorship opportunities available now!

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more