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Voting & Elections 12.14.2020

Column: Record turnout in NC shows broad voting access can benefit all parties

The lesson learned by both sides of the aisle should be this: your party can win when voting is made accessible for all North Carolinians. In turn, hopefully the legislature will not return to the ugly attempts at suppression that hurt voters and marred our state’s reputation in the past.

Race for chief justice shows the flaws in electing judges

North Carolina is one of the few states that chooses all of its judges through partisan elections, which leaves them prone to being perceived as political judges.

Gerrymandering reform advocates cautiously optimistic, despite GOP keeping control in NC

Phillips, whose group successfully sued last year to force Republican lawmakers to redraw the maps ahead of the 2020 elections, said he hopes to keep talking with GOP leaders about ways they can improve the process and hopefully avoid yet another legal battle next year.

Voting & Elections 11.4.2020

Nonpartisan group Common Cause holds briefing with leaders from battleground states

State leaders from battleground states of North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania explained when to expect results in their states.

Voting & Elections 10.29.2020

US Supreme Court settles final case on NC’s absentee ballots, when they can be accepted

"The extension does not change the deadline by which voters must mail back their absentee ballot — that remains Nov. 3," Phillips said. "It simply helps make sure that voters who follow the rules and meet the Nov. 3 deadline won’t have their vote discarded due to a possible delay in mail delivery. That’s just fair."

Voting & Elections 10.19.2020

750,000 mail-in ballots were rejected in 2016 and 2018. Here’s why that matters.

“Overwhelmingly, people are doing this for the first time. They've never done it, and so naturally there are mistakes in some people's level of getting information,” said Bob Phillips.

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