The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting www.ncvoter.net
The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting is a grassroots non-partisan organization fighting for clean and verified elections. We study and research the issue of voting to ensure the dignity and integrity of the intention of each voting citizen.
The NC Coalition for Verified Voting worked for a new law, passed in August 2005, that requires paper records for all voting machines and random post election audits. The law also requires machine manufacturers to explain how their equipment works.
"With a new election season here, what’s changed for North Carolina voters?" Kirk Ross on September 24, 2013
Key dates and changes in North Carolina voting laws
Sept. 1, 2013
- Pre-registration for 16 and 17-year olds ends.
Jan. 1, 2014
- Voters can obtain a free ID at state Division of Motor Vehicle offices.
- early voting period drops from 17 to 10 days.
- same-day registration is eliminated.
- absentee ballots will require identification numbers. (Not endorsing this but it is already being done see http://www.ncvoter.net/earlyvoting.html )
- straight-ticket voting ends.
- additional poll observers will be permitted and the ability to challenge voters increased;
- county boards of elections will lose the power to extend polling hours in extraordinary circumstances.
Jan. 1, 2016
- All voters will be required to show a government-issued photo identification that is either a North Carolina driver’s license, state-issued ID card, United States passport, military or veteran’s identification, tribal identification or an out-of-state driver’s license (if registration was within 90 days of the election).
- If South Carolina moves its presidential primary to March 15, North Carolina will begin holding its primary on the first Tuesday after that date.
Jan. 1, 2018
- The state will eliminate touch-screen voting machines that do not produce paper copies, and all elections in the state will require paper ballots.
Some downsides of the law:
- Ending same day registration means an increase in "provisional" or conditional ballots cast, and decrease in the number of valid ballots cast.
- Requirements for photo ID and the shortening of early voting will make it harder to vote for the elderly and poorer voters and those who don't drive.
- It encourages voting by mail, increasing the opportunity for mail ballot buying and selling, putting local and state governments at risk of fraudulent election results.
- Eliminating straight ticket voting will likely result in drop off for the down ticket.
- Touchscreen voting machines aren't banned outright, so the calibration problems that cause vote switching may continue.
The good parts?
Only a little. Eliminating straight ticket voting could help third parties, will require less voter education on how to mark a ballot. Requiring a paper ballot instead of a "paper record" should mean having a more usable tangible record of each vote.
Democracy North Carolina states that "This bill attacks the best parts of our election system. It cuts a week off the Early Voting period, bans Sunday voting, and ends same-day registration and straight-party voting."
Take action by visiting this link, it takes about 20 seconds to send a message to your lawmaker. Also, we urge you to call them and say you oppose HB 451 Election Omnibus bill.
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About us: The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting is a grassroots non-partisan organization fighting for clean and verified elections. We study and research the issue of voting to ensure the dignity and integrity of the intention of each voting citizen. The NC Voter Verified Coalition has consistently fought for increasing access, participation and ensuring the voter franchise. Joyce McCloy, Director, N.C. Coalition for Verifiable Voting email Join the NC Coalition for Verified Voting website www.ncvoter.net
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In August, 2005 the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Public Confidence in Elections Act, SL 323 which mandated that every voting system in the state produce or use a voter verified paper ballot. This law also set standards for voting systems software and for the vendors selling the software. North Carolina led the way as one of only a dozen or so states with a verified voting law at the time.
This law has been applauded by several national organizations including the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause and the Verified Voting Foundation. The law has been defended in court by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Even today we continue to work to protect the high standards of the Public Confidence in Elections Act while seeking new ways to ensure the voter franchise.
By Laura Leslie WRAL April 5 2013
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Verified Voting provides resources that allow you to find what voting equipment is used in each State, how the equipment works and laws and regulations in place across the country to promote transparent and verifiable elections.
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NC Verified Voting Legislative Successes
SL 2005-323 Public Confidence in Elections Law - signed into law on August 26, 2005 - voter verified paper ballots.
SL 2006-192 NC Election audit language improved. See SECTION 7.(b) G.S. 163‑182.2(b) signed into law on August 3, 2006.
S.L. 2007-391 Ends the "No Match No Vote" policy in North Carolina that blocked thousands of eligible voters from registering to vote. Signed into law on 08/19/2007. See "Making sure it counts" in the Aug 29,07 issue of the Washington Daily News.
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