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Election officials, advocates scramble to carry on in Florence’s aftermath

It’s still not clear exactly how much damage Hurricane Florence left in her wake, but "the show must go on" for election officials and organizations dedicated to getting out the vote in the November midterm elections.

“The impact of Hurricane Florence has made it even more pressing for the voices of AAPIs [Asian American and Pacific Islanders] and other communities of color to be heard in this election,” said Chavi Koneru, Executive Director at North Carolina Asian Americans Together.

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Civil Rights Commission report: Minority voting rights impacted by new laws, including strict voter ID

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has finally released its report and recommendations on minority voting rights and access around the country after holding a public briefing in Raleigh earlier this year. The report found that new laws and voting procedures – particularly in many states previously covered under the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act (which includes North Carolina) – are impacting voter access.

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Trump administration ‘fishing expedition’ could compromise privacy of millions of NC voters

If North Carolina election officials are forced to comply with federal subpoenas for election data, the government would have information about how more than two million people voted over the past eight years.

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Round and round we go: Ballot litigation updates

The clock has almost run out for ballot litigation, but in what seems to have become true North Carolina fashion, there will likely be more delay.

There were five pending lawsuits that could affect the November ballot — now there are three. Lawmakers had tried to address some court issues by rewriting two of the six proposed constitutional amendments in question but have just come under more legal fire.

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A handy guide to ongoing ballot litigation in North Carolina

The clock is ticking in North Carolina.

Five separate lawsuits have to be resolved before voters can cast their ballots, and there are only eight days left for the courts to render resolutions.

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Election ballots on pause as constitutional amendment litigation works through courts

Litigation over the November election ballot is not likely to end anytime soon, but absentee by-mail voting will probably be cut short.

A three-judge panel ordered Wednesday that the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement halt...

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Anglin, Edwards can keep their party labels

Wake County judge rejects legislature's last-minute rule change on candidate party affiliation Legislators cannot reach back in time and change the rules of an election after the fact, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday. Judge Rebecca Holt issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement from printing any election ballots that do not reflect judicial candidates Chris Anglin’s and Rebecca Edwards’ chosen party affiliations.

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Wake judge declines to rule on ballot question challenges, calls for appointment of three-judge panel

A Wake County Superior Court judge referred arguments Tuesday over the ballot language for four proposed constitutional amendments to a three-judge panel. Attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina NAACP and Clean Air Carolina challenged the ballot language in two separate lawsuits filed Monday.

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Monday numbers: Kids in lockup

Last week, Policy Watch revealed that officials in North Carolina did not know how many children were currently in adult jails. Part of the reason they are in the dark is because North Carolina is the last state in the nation to consider anyone ages 16 or older an adult in the criminal justice system.

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NC law enforcement officials: We have no idea how many children are in adult jails

How many of North Carolina’s children are currently locked up with adults in a county detention facility? How many were housed with adults last year? And the year before? No one actually knows.

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Fearing suppression, voting rights advocates make case for early voting sites in letters to county boards

Early voting in North Carolina is a big deal with a big turnout, but advocates are bracing for a negative impact this year after some last minute legislative wheeling and dealing.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Calabria seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Arrowood seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Elmore seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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PW exclusive: A Q&A with all three NC Supreme Court candidates

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, NC Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week along with their challengers.

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Federal court hears challenge to HB2 successor law. Plaintiff: “We deserve safety”

The North Carolina transgender community is still living in fear nearly two and a half years after the bathroom bill passed, according to the ACLU and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state and the University of North Carolina (UNC).

The only difference between now and then? House Bill 2 goes by a different name: HB142.

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