• John Locke Update

    State elections board is trying to make elections less transparent

    posted May 4, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    The NC State Board of Elections is attempting to make our elections process less transparent. The state board’s attempt to limit the number of observers to two per day is contrary to state law. North Carolina citizens have the power to speak directly to the state board about their proposed rule changes.
  • John Locke Update

    For cleaner voting rolls, North Carolina should join interstate data-sharing group

    posted April 28, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    Joining the Electronic Registration Information Center would help the boards of elections in North Carolina more effectively conduct the important task of voter list maintenance. The State Board of Elections is already legally empowered to join ERIC, but it needs the General Assembly to pay for it.
  • John Locke Update

    Election Board’s cavalier attitude towards illegally transmitted ballots should be corrected

    posted April 21, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    Under North Carolina law, absentee ballots can be delivered in person legally only by the voter or a near relative. Regardless, the North Carolina State Board of Elections requires county boards of elections to accept illegally transmitted ballots, no questions asked. Either the State Board of Elections should modify its no-questions-asked policy or the General Assembly should clarify what should be done with illegally transmitted ballots.
  • John Locke Update

    It is time to end absentee ballot postmark games

    posted March 1, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    State law allowing ballots to be returned up to three days after election day if postmarked by election day creates confusion and opportunities for mischief. Those who vote by mail should submit their ballot by election day.
  • John Locke Update

    Time for the General Assembly to put the brakes on collusive lawsuit settlements

    posted January 19, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    To protect us from collusive settlements designed to circumvent NC laws, especially election laws, the General Assembly needs to strengthen and clarify G.S. 1-72.2(b) so that judges cannot cut legislative intervening defendants out of the loop on such settlements. This brief explains why and how.
  • John Locke Update

    Will Josh Stein oppose the Texas election lawsuit?

    posted December 9, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    Iif the procedure for absentee ballots described above is to be changed, only the state legislature can do it under the U.S. Constitution. That did not happen in the states named in the Texas lawsuit — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin. It didn't happen in North Carolina, either.
  • John Locke Update

    Looking on the bright side: a 2020 election dialogue

    posted November 12, 2020 by Jon Guze
    My level of anxiety increased steadily throughout the summer as each morning brought news of more violent protests in cities across the country and as the Democrats pursued their relentless attack on state election laws. As I looked at the election returns on the morning of November 4, however, I suddenly felt much better. Here’s how I explained it to a friend.

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