Elections

  York County prepares to use new voting machines next month

Next time voters in York County, S.C. go to the polls, they will cast their ballot on a new voter machine.

  AP: Dan Bishop wins special election for NC-9 house seat

  Dan McCready loses special election for NC-9 house seat

  Mecklenburg County District 9 voters carry concerns into special elections after last year’s election fraud

  Charlotte mayor cruises to primary victory, incumbents lead city council at-large primary

  Exclusive: President Donald Trump speaks to WBTV about Dorian, elections and the RNC

Vice President Mike Pence visits Wingate University, pulls for Dan Bishop in last minute push for congressional seat

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McCready campaign keeps things small in contrast to big visit from Trump

Vice President Mike Pence’s day in NC before District 9′s special election

  Early voting extended for several District 9 counties following Dorian impacts

  Bishop, McCready call for NCSBE to extend early voting due to Hurricane Dorian

VP Mike Pence to stump for Dan Bishop in heated District 9 race

  NC court issues ruling for state legislative district maps to be redrawn

North Carolina judges toss districts drawn for GOP advantage

A North Carolina trial court has rejected state legislative district maps, saying lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help elect a maximum number of Republican lawmakers

  Former Vice President Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Rock Hill

Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden made a stop in Rock Hill, S.C. Thursday morning.

  A tale of two Dans: Bishop, McCready go toe-to-toe in NC-9 debate

With just weeks remaining until the special election for North Carolina’s ninth district congressional district seat, the two leading candidates took part in a special debate Wednesday evening.

Bill addressing ballot ‘harvesting’ gets initial NC House OK

Stricter rules for requesting mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina and more severe crimes for people who collect them have received tentative approval in the state House

President Trump announces Sept. 9 rally in NC

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is coming to Rock Hill. Here’s what we know

  WATCH: Malfunctioning voting machine switched votes in runoff for Mississippi governor

North Carolina allows bar code ballots despite voter outcry

  Here’s where to vote early for 9th District, Charlotte city elections starting Wednesday

Former unaffiliated voter back on election board as Democrat

Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Charlotte in late August

Former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden will visit Charlotte in late August, campaign officials say.

  RNC unveils logo for 2020 convention, dodges questions on Charlotte City Council

RNC leaders darted from the press conference area to avoid the questions about the resolution that shot back against Trump’s “racist and xenophobic tweets and comments.”

  Elections board meets to decide future of voting days after chairman’s abrupt resignation

The North Carolina State Board of Elections met Thursday morning to continue discussions related to proposed changes in the criteria for systems used across the state to cast ballots, just days after the board's chairman abruptly resigned.

  Dowless, associates turn themselves in on new charges as attorney questions timing of indictment

McCrae Dowless and others indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on charges related to election fraud turned themselves into a magistrate in Bladen County on Wednesday.

  NC Board of Elections Chairman resigns, apologizes for joke at elections conference

Governor Cooper’s spokesman Ford Porter issued a statement regarding NCSBE Chairman Robert Cordle’s resignation.

  McCrae Dowless, associates face new charges in NC-9 election fraud investigation

McCrae Dowless and six of his associates were indicted on allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2018 general election on Tuesday.

  ‘Backlog’ at state level allows elected officials to violate campaign rules with impunity

Hundreds of candidates and elected officials in local office have been able to violate campaign rules without ever being penalized by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  Mayor Lyles: Charlotte won’t ‘tolerate’ Trump rally ‘send her back’ chants at RNC 2020

Her statement was in response to “send her back” chants from the crowd at a rally for President Donald Trump in Greenville, NC on Wednesday.

‘A top-tier priority’: Trump rally highlights NC’s big role in picking next president

The big-name event is one indication of how important the state — and its 15 electoral votes — are to Trump’s re-election bid.

  Supreme Court upholds NC congressional maps in partisan gerrymandering case

The United States Supreme Court upheld congressional maps drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly in a ruling announced Thursday, capping a years-long fight.

Trump endorses North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis

President Donald Trump has endorsed North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, handing a significant political asset to the first-term Republican senator seeking reelection next year in the closely divided state.

  McCready announces plan to lower Rx prices, bashes Bishop on healthcare record

Besides focusing on his own plan McCready criticized Bishop for his track record of votes on healthcare in North Carolina’s General Assembly.

  NC House reinstates Hurricane Recovery Committee as new reports find improper spending of relief funds

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the re-reinstatement of the Hurricane Recovery Committee on Tuesday, just one day after a second report found questionable spending of money intended to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

  New emails show more private budget wrangling by county commissioners

Questions for the commissioners began earlier this week after Commissioner Pat Cotham revealed an email sent from Chairman George Dunlap to the commissioners outlining the agreed-upon amendments that would be made to the budget.

  Bishop frequently absent from senate while campaigning for NC-9 seat

State Senator Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) has missed a majority of votes on bills, motions and amendments during the 2019 session, records show, as he campaigns for a seat in Congress.

  NC elections board member criticizes chairman, selection process for new director

North Carolina State Board of Elections member Ken Raymond is not happy with the process that led to Karen Brinson Bell being hired as the agency’s new executive director.

  Meck BOCC Chairman touts transparency, then declines to answer questions on budget

Just minutes after touting how transparent the county commission’s budget process was, Mecklenburg BOCC Chairman George Dunlap refused to answer basic questions about commissioners’ budget adjustment requests.

  Big week for budgets and taxpayers in Mecklenburg County

On the heels of a huge readjustment in property values by the property appraiser all eyes were on Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones to see what their budgets would mean for local taxpayers.

McCready, Bishop work to define which ‘Dan’ is best for District 9

It turned into an afternoon of each Dan trying to label the other.

  Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

  Republican candidates face off in primary NC District 09 election

Ten Republican candidates for the NC-9 Congressional faced off in a primary election Tuesday, with Dan Bishop declared the winner of the Republican primary.

  NC elections board appoints Karen Brinson Bell as new director

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is expected to name Karen Brinson Bell as its next director when it meets by telephone Monday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the board’s plans.

  NC state elections board set to hire new director

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is set to vote to replace its current director during a telephonic meeting on Monday, multiple sources confirm to WBTV.

  Internal poll is latest to show Bishop leading NC-9 Republican primary

An internal poll obtained by WBTV shows Dan Bishop with a commanding lead in the Republican primary race for the 9th Congressional District.

Dan McCready returns campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar

A spokesperson for McCready says he has returned a $2,000 donation from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

  Dowless, subpoenaed to appear before federal grand jury, leaves without testifying

McCrae Dowless showed up in Raleigh to appear before a federal grand jury on Tuesday but was turned away.

  State elections board referred case of vote buying. Local DA said there wasn’t even enough evidence to investigate.

A candidate for Lumberton City Council lost her race by one vote in 2015. Records from the NC State Board of Elections show investigators found evidence the woman's opponent had paid three people to vote for him. But the local prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to even investigate.

  Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke holds meet and greet in Rock Hill

O'Rourke spoke to potential supporters for more than 20 minutes. Rock Hill was his first stop in a two-day tour of South Carolina.

VP Mike Pence coming to SC to campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Carolina to help Senator Lindsey Graham kick off his 2020 re-election campaign, officials announced Monday.

  Filing for NC-09 over with 10 Republican candidates, McCready sole Democrat

The election comes after the State Board of Elections voted unanimously in favor of a new election after a hearing on election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County.

Dan Bishop, Matthew Ridenhour file to run in 9th district race

State Sen. Dan Bishop, who represents a southeast Charlotte district, and former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour filled out paperwork to declare their candidacy.

  Federal investigators seeking a decade’s worth of information, documents in NC-9 probe

Federal investigators are seeking documents dating back as far as the 2008 election, according to a copy of the grand jury subpoena sent to McCrae Dowless.

  Federal investigators issue subpoenas in NC-9 investigation

The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas for a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  CLT Council held secret immigration committee meeting, conflicts with open meeting law

North Carolina Open Meeting Laws require the council advertise a meeting to the public any time more than two members are meeting.

  Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

Two women have now been arrested on election-related crimes connected to the investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District.

  Insurance commissioner recorded meeting with donor, NCGOP chairman for FBI investigation

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey made a secret recording of a meeting he attended along with a wealthy donor and the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, according to two sources with knowledge the meeting or the contents of the recording.

WBTV among media coalition seeking to unseal search warrants in NC-9 investigation

A coalition of more than a dozen media outlets, including WBTV, has filed a petition seeking to unseal three search warrants that have been filed by the Wake County District Attorney as part of the criminal investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

  Dowless makes court appearance as election investigators meet with prosecutor

McCrae Dowless made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning, in a proceeding that took place without any public notice.

  EXCLUSIVE: McCrae Dowless, key figure in NC-9 election fraud case, speaks to WBTV after release from jail

Dowless’s attorney allowed a WBTV reporter to ask him two questions after he was released from jail Thursday.

  Bladen Co. Improvement Association President says he was tipped off about absentee ballot investigation

In an exclusive interview with WBTV, BCIA President Horace Munn says he received the tip before the 2018 primary

  NC Democrats pledge to support Bladen Improvement Association

The Bladen County Improvement Association was brought up time and time again at the 9th Congressional District election hearings.

Judge strikes down NC voter ID law OK’d by voters

The judge sided Friday with the state NAACP, which argued last year’s edition of the General Assembly that voted to put amendments to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot was illegally constituted due to racially gerrymandered districts.

  Sealed search warrants show SBI sought bank, phone records of McCrae Dowless in NC-9 investigation

Two sealed search warrants filed by Wake County District Attorney Lorin Freeman and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are providing the first clues as to the nature of the criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

  Democrat Dan McCready running for special election in NC09

In a rally Friday afternoon, Democrat Dan McCready announced that he will be running for the special election in NC09 following the North Carolina Board of Election vote Thursday to hold a new election.

What’s next for NC-09 election?

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will start considering dates for the new 9th Congressional district election at their next meeting.

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

On the fourth day of the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing, the board voted unanimously to hold a new election in the 9th District. Prior to the vote, Republican Mark Harris said he believes there should be a new election.

Timeline in NC-9 investigation

Here are key dates in the investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections into voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

  A Bladen Co. voter died before election day. His absentee ballot still counted

A Bladen County voter’s absentee ballot was submitted and counted in the 2018 general election, even though he died before election day.

  New Elections board gets briefing on NC-9 investigation

Members of the newly-formed North Carolina State Board of Elections spent hours behind closed doors on Thursday receiving a briefing from board staff about the results of an investigation into irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Judge denies petition to certify Harris in NC-9 race

A judge in Wake County denied a petition Tuesday morning that would have certified the results of the 9th Congressional District race.

  Records show Bladen voter’s absentee ballot was turned in but not counted

A Bladen County woman turned her absentee ballot into the county board of elections on election day in November 2018 but her ballot was never marked as having been received, records show.

  Missing ballot found after WBTV investigation; still no proof vote was counted

The North Carolina State Board of Elections said it had found the missing ballot submitted by a Bladen County voter in the November 2018 general election.

  Dan McCready blasts Mark Harris over NC election fraud investigation

Dan McCready pulled no punches during his first extended comments in weeks about the ongoing election fraud investigation in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

  McCready, NCSBE ask for judge to deny Harris’ petition in NC09 case

Democrat Dan McCready and the North Carolina State Board of Elections both want a judge to deny Republican Mark Harris' petition to certify the 9th Congressional District race and declare him the winner.

  US Congress plans for possible NC-9 investigation

NCSBE officials were asked to preserve all original notes, recordings or documents used in investigating allegations of ballot fraud in the election.

  Voters say date differences on mail ballot ‘innocent mistake’

Only 305 absentee ballots with date discrepancies were uploaded to the North Carolina State Board of Elections as requested.

  In new affidavit, Bladen Elections chairman says staff found forged absentee ballot request forms

The Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections filed a new affidavit, made public for the first time Friday, that said staff at the county board of elections found three absentee ballot request forms submitted in the 2018 general election that had been forged.

  Bladen Co. absentee ballot turn-in log raises new questions about affidavit filed by McCready campaign

A new set of records obtained by WBTV from the Bladen County Board of Elections is raising new questions about an affidavit filed on behalf of a voter by attorneys for the Dan McCready campaign.