From the good people at Democracy North Carolina:

Operators of the national Election Protection hotline — (866-OUR-VOTE) ; Spanish, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682); Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683) — say they received over 600 calls fromNorth Carolina voters during the Early Voting period on a wide range of issues, including discriminatory treatment of curbside voters, confusion over ID requirements, illegal electioneering at the polls, broken machines, and false information about voting by phone.

“We could feel the emotional intensity of this election as we answered these calls,” said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan election watchdog organization that operated the hotline call center during the Early Voting period. “People were anxious to vote and suspicious of perceived barriers. There were many cases where we helped voters overcome problems in order to vote, including mistakes by poll workers that higher level officials eventually fixed.” Read More


As the following press release explains, the good government people at Democracy NC are asking folks to spread the word about an outstanding nonpartisan organization that can help with voter problems and querstions.  

For Release Thursday, October 18, 2012                                           
Contact: Bob Hall, 919-489-1931

Confusion Over ID Rules, New Districts & Possible Challenges: Fuels Need for “Election Protection” Hotline and Special Website

 As North Carolinabegins its early voting period today, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, has launched a toll-free hotline to help voters address problems and answer questions: 866-OUR-VOTE.  Read More


Tuesday’s presidential town hall debate at Hofstra University brings with it some added pressure for President Obama. After a lackluster performance in the first debate October 3rd, Obama finds himself now trailing in some key battleground states.

The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling show Mitt Romney with a two-point lead (49-47) over Obama in North Carolina, helped largely by white voters and independents.

Public Policy Polling Director Tom Jensen notes that Obama still has his customary lead with women at 50-46. But the latest poll shows that’s getting drowned out by the 53-43 one Romney has with men.

Jensen joined us over the weekend on News & Views to discuss the presidential race as well as the gubernatorial contest and NC Council of State races.

To hear an excerpt of his interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the full segment, visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website:

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Good government guru Bob Hall at Democracy NC reports that early voting sites for all of North Carolina’s 100 counties are now posted on State Board of Elections site.

You can visit the Board at  or go directly to to view the sites. You can also view them on a map by going to

Early voting (aka “one-stop absentee” voting) for the November 6 election starts October 18.   





As people here in North Carolina are scrambling getting ready for the DNC in Charlotte, down in Florida the GOP are starting their convention, already delayed by Isaac.

For those interested, here is a round-up of what all you can find on TV coverage.

YouTube has also put together this really cool page for politics that presumably will cover both conventions and the rest of the election season this year: YouTube Politics.