Uncategorized

New research: New NC voting laws produce confusion, little confidence

The voting and good government experts at Democracy North Carolina have taken a look at the impact of the state’s new “Monster Voting Law” on the May primary election. Here is their initial take:

“Data Highlight: New Voting Law, Little Information, Less Confidence

Volunteers with Democracy North Carolina and other groups conducted a large Exit Survey at the polls in 34 counties during the May primary. An analysis of the 7,000 surveys seems to undermine NC House Speaker Thom Tillis’ justification for passing the Monster Law; he said it was needed to “restore confidence” in elections, but it’s causing just the opposite reaction.

See Rob Christensen’s story in today’s Raleigh News & Observer.

Dr. Martha Kropf, professor of political science at UNC-Charlotte, designed the questions, analyzed the data and produced a report. She is also president of the NC Political Science Association this year. Her report is pretty technical; here are some of the key findings, with rounded numbers:

** 76% of the voters surveyed said the information they were given at the polls about the photo ID was “clear and understandable,” but 46% could not tell us “what is the first election when voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls.” This indicates to us that the information they received was simplistic and essentially useless.

** 19% or nearly 1 in 5 said they were not even asked about having an acceptable ID, a chief purpose of the roll-out education.

** The changes to the election law are not making most people feel more confident about the election process; and there are strong differences between how African-American and white voters view the changes.

** 44% of whites versus 20% of African Americans said the changes made them feel “more confident” in the security of the election process; it was just the opposite for who felt “less confident.”

** 44% of whites versus 16% of African Americans said the changes made them “more confident” in the fairness of the election process; by contrast, 54% of African Americans versus 35% of whites felt “less confident” in the fairness of elections because of the changes.

** Bottom line: Regardless of race, a majority of the respondents do not feel the changes make them “more confident” in the security or fairness of elections. And the information they received from officials about the photo ID requirement was basically useless and varied widely from precinct to precinct.”

 

3 Comments


  1. Alex

    July 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    It seems like progressives are the only ones worrying about this. I haven’t heard anyone else even mentioning it.

  2. david esmay

    July 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

    It seems regressives are the only ones who believe the voter fraud snipe hunt is real.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    July 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    There are a lot of reports out there, unfortunately they are not toeing the progresso line in that most reports are on how the average NC citizen is in support of doing what can be done to counteract the widespread democrat fraud that takes place on election day.

Check Also

Cooper continues winning streak against legislators; Judges grant TRO

In case you missed it earlier this evening, ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

With just a few hours left until the crossover deadline, the state of North Carolina’s environment i [...]

On Monday morning, there was only one way left to save the Court of Appeals and a few hours with whi [...]

The political compromise that repealed HB2 was enough for the NCAA and ACC, both of which have retur [...]

Conference comes a day after new report lauds benefits of same-day registration The new line-up for [...]

How many times do we have to say it? Well, it’s worth repeating – especially in the aftermath of rec [...]

As the national pundits weigh in on President Trump’s first 100 days in office and the General Assem [...]

How the General Assembly is spending “crossover week” and what it ought to be doing The last week of [...]

To casual observers, the recent controversy surrounding public school class-size mandates in grades [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more