Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public Press
1 main st
Suite 2
Durham, NC 27502
Formation
February 2017
Type
Redistricting Litigation Nonprofit
Tax ID
46-0801080
Tax Status
501(c)(3)
Budget
Revenue: 397,267
Expenses: 338,690
Assets: 161,921
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Carolina Public Press is a left-leaning newspaper organization based in the Western part of North Carolina. They were founded in 2011 as a project of “The Institute for Southern Studies,” an advocacy organization that has started several other left-leaning organizations throughout the South including Brown Lung Association, The Miami Workers Center, North Carolina Asian Americans Together, Southerners for Economic Justice, and Facing South.

While Carolina Public Press states it is nonpartisan, it receives substantial funds from progressive organizations, including the Facebook Journalism Project, the Knight Foundation, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Poll: North Carolinians Support Citizen-Only Voting in a Landslide

I noted last week why the North Carolina General Assembly should let a citizen-only voting constitutional amendment come up for a vote of the people: The state constitution should be amended to state clearly that only United States citizens can vote in North Carolina, using language so unambiguous that even ambitious politicians or activist judges...
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The North Carolina Constitution Should Limit Voting Rights to Citizens

Only U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote in North Carolina electionsNorth Carolina’s current protection of citizen-only voting is inadequateWe should add a citizen-only voting amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution Who can or cannot vote is a foundational question for a republic. To counter a growing movement to allow noncitizens to vote, North...
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Anti-Gerrymandering Measure Belongs in the North Carolina Constitution

Minimizing the number of split counties limits gerrymanderingThe court-imposed Stephenson process restricts the number of county splitsThe Stephenson process should be added to the North Carolina Constitution The North Carolina State Constitution already requires the General Assembly to have as few county splits as possible when drawing state legislative districts. It is time to add...
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What are the rules for North Carolina’s Runoff Elections?

Early voting for North Carolina’s second primary (commonly referred to as runoffs) begins Thursday, April 25th. All 100 counties will be involved in this year’s second primary due to the two runoff elections for Republicans seeking statewide office. During a second primary election, many of the rules stay the same as they would for a...
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Latest Allegations Are Part of a Sordid History of Vote Buying in North Carolina

A court filing has revealed serious allegations of vote buying in a county commissioner race in the March 5 primary. While shocking, vote buying is hardly new in North Carolina. Allegations of Buying Votes in Robeson County Lacy Cummings, who lost to Sampson in the March 5 Democratic primary 875 to 870, filed the court...
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Latest Allegations Are Part of a Sorted History of Vote Buying in North Carolina

A court filing has revealed serious allegations of vote buying in a county commissioner race in the March 5 primary. While shocking, vote buying is hardly new in North Carolina. Allegations of Buying Votes in Robeson County Lacy Cummings, who lost to Sampson in the March 5 Democratic primary 875 to 870, filed the court...
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Elections Board Violates Own Best Practices in Early Voting Shift

County boards of elections normally have until midsummer to select early voting sites for the November election and submit their lists to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE). That is a best practice because it gives local officials time to secure locations and confirm that they have enough funding from their county governments...
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A “Stephenson Process” for Congressional Districts Can Limit Gerrymandering

Congressional districts should be about the communities they represent, not statewide political considerations, and not splitting counties when redistricting keeps communities wholeIt is possible to use county groupings when drawing congressional districtsA sample map demonstrates how using county groupings can help limit gerrymandering Legislative Districts Should Be About Their Local Communities, Not Statewide Political Interests...
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Election Reforms Have a Mostly Smooth Debut

The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 747 over Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto last October. It delivered a host of election reforms, many of which the John Locke Foundation had advocated for. Those reforms were first implemented in the March 5 primary. In addition, vote ID, which voters approved in 2018, cleared legal hurdles and was...
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How Many Early Voting Days Would Be Best?

Reducing the number of early voting days may be debated in this year’s General Assembly sessionReducing early voting days would likely have little effect on turnoutA possible compromise would be to reduce early voting days but require Sunday voting in every county Since its inception, early voting has been a source of conflict in North...
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The Cost per Vote of North Carolina’s Statewide Primary Elections

While the voter history file has yet to be updated for this year’s primary election, many political analysts and reporters have been looking to pull what information we can about this year’s primary. From examining the primary turnout and unaffiliated voting patterns to analyzing the Ballot Roll-Off, we can gain plenty of information from this...
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Introducing the 2024 Civitas Partisan Index

With the ballot for the North Carolina General Assembly set, this is a good time to get a lay of the electoral landscape ahead of the general elections. With that in mind, here is the 2024 Civitas Partisan Index (CPI). We assigned a rating to each district based on its CPI score. We rate districts...
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Rowan County Early Voting Site Left Unlocked

A concerned citizen forwarded an email to me earlier this week reporting that the Rowan County Board of Elections (BOE) office in Salisbury was left unlocked on the morning of Saturday, February 24. Like in most counties, the Rowan BOE office is used as an early voting site. The problem was discovered by a voter...
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Election Data Will Come Later, But We Will Still Know Results on Election Night

Unlike some states, North Carolina has traditionally reported almost all votes on election night. While that tradition will continue, a recent change in state law will shift back when most votes are reported an hour or two. Early Reporting Made North Carolina a “Red Shift” State Most North Carolinians vote early or by mail. The...
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North Carolina Early Voting Trends: 2024

North Carolina has started its final week of early voting, and with it, we should see a substantial increase in the number of ballots being accepted. This pattern is typically seen in early voting but is more prevalent in primary elections. Since 2012, the last week of early voting during presidential election years sees more...
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Orr’s Redistricting Lawsuit Incorrectly Applies the Civitas Partisan Index

Recently, retired North Carolina Supreme Court justice and 2022 redistricting special master Bob Orr filed a lawsuit challenging the redrawn congressional and state legislative maps based on “fairness.” My colleague Dr. Andy Jackson explained how the plaintiff’s central claim in this lawsuit is just another partisan gerrymandering claim presented under a new name. The case...
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Redistricting Lawsuit Seems Novel Until You Read It

I appeared with former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr in a news segment on a newly filed redistricting lawsuit in November of 2023 (starting at 2:47). Despite our differing perspectives, we disagreed less than I thought we would. We both agreed that plaintiffs in that and other lawsuits would struggle to find grounds...
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Why We Poll

Public opinion polling is a powerful tool for accountability in the democratic process, creating transparency between policymakers and the people they represent and amplifying the voices of the governedIn a time of increasing polarization and division, polling serves as a bridge-builder, facilitating constructive conversations and forging consensus around shared values and goalsCarolina Journal and the...
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Filing Failures: Candidates Disclosure Requirements Leave Exploitable Loopholes

The State Board of Elections and the Rockingham County Board of Elections allowed controversial Republican Joseph Gibson III on the ballot for House District 65Candidates for office must fill out a form regarding any of their felony convictions but can remain on the ballot if they lieAn exception provision in North Carolina’s felony disclosure law...
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North Carolina Needs to Reform Duplicate Voter Registrations Removal Process

A North Carolina group says they have found numerous duplicate voter registrations, but election officials have not acted on their findingsA pair of federal lawsuits set parameters for how and when citizens can challenge voter registrationsThe General Assembly should streamline the process for challenging duplicate registrations The North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) says...
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Judge’s Unverified Voter Registration Injunction Is a Fixable Problem

The North Carolina General Assembly addressed a “ghost voter” problem, which involves  verification of same-day registrations before associated ballots are countedA U.S. District Court upheld the verification process but enjoined its enforcement until election officials initiate a notification procedure for the affected registrationsThe State Board of Elections can implement a notification process that lifts the injunction,...
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Brunswick and Forsyth Election Boards Withdraw from “Zuck Bucks 2.0”

Almost exactly a year ago, I noted how a left-wing organization called the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) influenced election administration in North Carolina and nationwide through funds provided by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (AKA: “Zuck Bucks”). I also noted how CTCL was behind a new attempt to influence election administration underway in the...
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Public Comment: Proposed Voter ID Rules Are at Odds with State Law

Below is my public comment on the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ proposed voter ID rules. A link to the proposed rules is below the comment. You can submit your comment on the rules through that link through January 16. I am writing in regard to 08 NCAC 17 .0101, Verification of Photo Identification...
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Two Years of Changes in North Carolina Voter Registrations

With a new year upon us, let’s see how voter registrations have changed over the past two years. Why look at changes over two years instead of one? The North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) conducts biennial list maintenance at the start of each odd-numbered year, removing hundreds of thousands of registrations that have...
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