One of the more controversial bills of this year’s voter suppression package at the North Carolina General Assembly is Senate Bill 667 — a proposal that would purport to prevent parents from claiming their children as tax deductions if they register to vote in the communities where they attend college.

Now, it appears, we know where the lead sponsor, Senator Bill Cook, of got at least some of the inspiration for the bill — from local officials in one of the counties he represents (Pasquotank). As it turns out, suppressing the votes of college students there (at least the African-Amerian ones)  is  a popular sport for some conservative politicians.

Attorney Clare Barnett of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice has the story:

Black student voters challenged and removed from voter rolls

Fifty-six students at the historically black university, Elizabeth City State University, were removed from the voter registration rolls by the Pasquotank County Board of Elections after challenges by the local Republican Party Chair. During an 8 hour hearing, the Pasquotank GOP Chair, Richard Gilbert, challenged Read More


The Columbia Journalism Review has posted an intersting story about North Carolina voting wars that includes praise for some local journalists. (FWIW, however, I’m not sure the folks at the N&O and Charlotte O will enjoy being called “McClatchy sisters.”)

NORTH CAROLINA — While North Carolina may not be “that important to the electoral math” of the presidential race, according to the New York Times’s Nate Silver, this state is seeing its share of battles in the so-called voting wars. Partisan fights over election rules and processes—who votes, when and how—are playing out here as in many other states. Last year, a voter ID bill was passed by the state’s legislature but vetoed by the current Democratic governor. Other proposals affecting voter access (which the state broadened after the Help America Vote Act of 2002) rose during that legislative session but failed to advance.

Read the entire article by clicking here.


Today is National Voter Registration Day, with voter registration drives taking place across the country, from college campus to credit unions, grocery stores and art museums.

You can find a voter registration event today to register yourself or a friend (or update your voter record with your current address) by searching here by zipcode:

Voter registration forms are also available for download at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.


NPR has a story today detailing some challenges faced by voting-eligible Asian American citizens.

From name confusion by officials to communication barriers, frustration and other difficulties may discourage or deny the rights of eligible voters.

Enacting Voter ID legislation in North Carolina will prove to be detrimental to the voter rights of minority communities in the state.


Maybe this has been reported elsewhere, but if it has I missed it. Consider the following data pointed out to NC Policy Watch by a local elections expert. It actually comes from the Pope-Civitas website called “Carolina Transparency”  (thanks guys!): 

Since January 2009 through the first week of September 2012 North Carolina has netted roughly 115,000 new registered voters. The net 115k gain comes from:

  • a loss of 110,000 Democrats, 
  • a loss of 8,000 Republicans, 
  • a gain of 222,000 Unaffiliateds, 
  • a gain of 11,000 Libertarians

This would appear to be bad news for Democrats.  It likely reflects older Democrats (many of whom may not have voted Democratic in recent elections) dying and dropping off the rolls and those voters not being replaced by new Democrats. 

But … Read More