Elections

  President Trump signs Executive Order on pre-existing conditions in Charlotte

  Mecklenburg Co. political party leaders mobilizing voters in final stretch before election

Witness signature required on S.C. absentee ballots in 2020 election after appeal

  Resignation of NC elections board Republicans raises questions about closed session vote

  Joe Biden speaks to WBTV about pandemic, election in one-on-one interview

  Both Republican members of N.C. State Board of Elections announce resignation

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North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

  Presidential nominees see N.C. as critical, battle ground state in upcoming election

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on SC mail ballots

President Trump visiting Charlotte to discuss healthcare

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-up car plants, court revisionism

  Local group holds voter event on National Black Voter Day

With the countdown on to Election Day, community leaders are working to make sure the Black vote is not left out.

In N. Carolina Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump

The Republican senator is in a close race with Democrat Cal Cunningham. Trump is beloved by die-hard conservatives but brings discomfort to many moderates.

Anthony Hamilton, Alma Adams to join Kamala Harris for virtual voter event based in N.C.

Charlotte’s own Grammy award-winning musician Anthony Hamilton and Congresswoman Alma Adams will join vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris for a virtual voter event based in North Carolina.

Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

Gray Television’s primetime election special, “Full Court Press: Election Countdown” hosted by Chief National Political Analyst Greta Van Susteren, includes interviews with President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a m

  President Trump reacts as some N.C. voters mistakenly get 2 absentee ballots

  S.C. Gov. McMaster signs bill expanding absentee voting due to COVID-19 pandemic

SC House to discuss Senate absentee bill during special session, massive education bill unlikely to pass

President Trump to host ’Great American Comeback’ event in North Carolina

Tillis, Cunningham trade accusations in 1st NC Senate debate

  Mecklenburg County Board of Elections is busier than ever as absentee ballots flood in

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

While both talk about troops withdrawals, each has, in some ways, tried and failed.

AG: N. Carolina board won’t appeal ruling on felons voting

North Carolina’s elections board won’t try to stop enforcement of a court ruling that would allow more convicted felons to vote this fall, but legislators still could appeal last week’s decision.

  Harvey B. Gantt Center hosts conversations to get more Black voters to be politically engaged

Serious conversations about how to bring Black voters to the election polls this November is happening at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

Hundreds of ballots accepted as N. Carolina begins voting

Hundreds of ballots have been accepted in North Carolina, making the Tar Heel State the first in the nation to kick off voting in the November general election.

Democratic groups sue to seek fixes for more North Carolina ballots

Several Democratic groups want to block a state provision that requires residents to cast their vote over from scratch if a witness fails to sign or provide an address on the envelope containing their absentee ballot.

North Carolina’s governor race enters the homestretch after summer of coronavirus

The stakes are high in North Carolina this cycle.

  As early voting days approach, some NC counties still need poll workers

At least a quarter of North Carolina’s counties are struggling to recruit poll workers for the 2020 election.

Court: Money owed can’t block voting rights for NC felons

A North Carolina court has ruled that outstanding restitution, fees or other court-imposed monetary obligations can’t prevent convicted felons from voting if they’ve completed all other portions of their sentence.

  Mecklenburg absentee ballots sent out to voters

Mecklenburg County Board of Elections Director Michael Dickerson says usually there’s about 25,000 absentee voters in a presidential election year. He expects that number to be dwarfed in 2020.

  Mecklenburg Co. Director of Elections speaks about absentee ballots being sent out Friday

Absentee ballots for the upcoming presidential election will be sent out Friday in the state of North Carolina. Employees at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections headquarters spent the day getting ballots ready to be distributed.

  New system in place as North Carolina prepares for historical number of absentee ballots

Because of the pandemic, North Carolina has seen an unprecedented number of requests, as the state currently has more than 618,000 absentee ballots to mail out.

N.C. Board of Elections remind public it is illegal to vote twice

As of Thursday, there are just 61 days until November’s election.

President Donald Trump returning to N.C. for campaign event

President Donald Trump is coming back to North Carolina this week for a campaign event.

SC Senate approves expansion of absentee voting for November election

Now that the Senate passed the bill, it’s heading to the House.

President suggests voters should attempt to cast ballot twice in interview with WECT’s Jon Evans

The president is making national headlines for what he said in that interview about voting, when he suggested voters should "check their vote" by casting their ballot in person and by mail. “Let them send it in and let them go vote,” said President Trump.

  RNC 2020 ends as President Trump accepts nomination days after convention leaves Charlotte

The Republican National Convention’s main business, including the roll call nomination of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, took place at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Roy Cooper, Dan Forest agree to Oct. 14 debate

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is looking to fend off a challenge from Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in one of the few closely watched gubernatorial races in the country this election season.

  Group of N.C. Republicans come out in support of Joe Biden

A group of North Carolina Republicans are joining a growing list of politicians and voters across the country who are blurring party lines ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election.

  25-year-old N.C. congressional candidate says ‘MLK’s dream is our dream’ during RNC speech

Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district, spoke during the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Nick Sandmann speaks at RNC on cancel culture, the ‘outraged mob’ and his smile in that photo

Sandmann spoke 20 months after videos surfaced of an incident involving him at the March for Life in Washington DC.

Politics Explained: How to vote by mail in SC

While there is a system for mailing in votes in South Carolina, the SC Election Commission draws a distinction between the various types of remote voting.

Pence criticizes DNC speeches as presenting “a grim vision for America”

Vice President Mike Pence criticized speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week as presenting “a grim vision for America.”

  Delegates begin to arrive in Charlotte for Republican National Convention

Delegates from the Republican Party began to arrive in Charlotte Thursday afternoon.

Obama says Trump “hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t”

Obama, who rarely critiques the current president by name, did not hesitate Wednesday night.

Charlotte family who nearly lost their home featured tonight at Democratic National Convention

The family made national headlines after Bank of America threatened to forced them out of their home because they fell behind on payments.

  Police prepare for RNC; uptown businesses aren’t expecting major impacts

You might have seen a helicopter weaving between buildings in uptown Wednesday morning, which was part of the RNC security sweep getting ready for the event.

Ocasio-Cortez nominates Bernie Sanders

She praised the progressive movement Sanders led during his two presidential bids and offered a summation of the role he has played in Democratic presidential politics.

  Charlotte delegate speaks about appearing at Democratic National Convention

Cozzie Watkins, a delegate from Charlotte, spoke to WBTV about appearing at Democratic National Convention.

Trump says he will accept GOP nomination at the White House

President Trump said Thursday that he will deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president at the White House

Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Florida

Both previously voted by mail in the presidential preference primary last March.

  UNC Charlotte political science professor speaks about conventions, potential impact on voters

WBTV spoke to Dr. Eric Heberlig, a professor of political science and public administration at UNC-Charlotte, regarding the upcoming conventions.

Donald Trump made campaign donations to Kamala Harris years ago. His campaign says it’s proof he’s not racist.

The Trump campaign claimed the president’s donations to her years ago are proof that he is not racist - an allegation Harris herself has leveled at him.

  Charlotte rapper DaBaby met with criticism after tweeting intentions to vote for Kanye West

Charlotte rapper DaBaby is endorsing another fellow rapper for this 2020 election. On Wednesday, DaBaby tweeted that he plans on voting for Kanye West.

  Local pastor says Kamala Harris’ selection as VP candidate will resonate with many

One leader in the Charlotte community says he is thrilled the vice presidential presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party is Kamala Harris.

Presidential nomination to be livestreamed during 2020 RNC in Charlotte

The presidential nomination will be livestreamed during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

RNC announces health protocols for official convention business in Charlotte

Officials have announced the health protocols for the official business of the 2020 Republican National Convention taking place in Charlotte amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida primary earlier this year.

Three weeks before the RNC, we know a little more about it (but only a little)

Three weeks before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, details are just emerging about what will happen - though not where.

  North Carolina experiences massive request for absentee ballots ahead of election

The presidential election is just three months away and political scientists who study North Carolina politics say there’s new data that show trends on how North Carolinian’s plan to cast their voice this November. According to Dr. Michael Bitzer, who runs the Old North State Politics blog, says th

  Lara Trump speaks to WBTV about upcoming election, Republican National Convention

Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Thursday afternoon, discussing the upcoming 2020 presidential election and Republican National Convention.

Sen. Graham does not support delaying Nov. 3 election

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he does not support delaying the Nov. 3 election.

  NC needs more poll workers this year, but the pandemic has made them harder to find

North Carolina is bracing for a shortage of poll workers at the same time as more help is needed to handle a surge of early and absentee voting.

Sources: Trump to accept RNC nomination in Charlotte, but local leaders still in the dark

Republican sources have confirmed to WBTV that plans are in in the works for President Donald Trump to accept his nomination in Charlotte during a portion of the Republican National Convention in August.

Gov. Cooper: Trump welcome in N.C. for RNC, but no plans laid out

Governor Roy Cooper addressed speculation Tuesday that President Donald Trump may come to North Carolina after all for a portion of the Republican National Convention.

  Mayor Lyles: Charlotte committed to host scaled-down RNC, no intention to expand

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says the city is committed to hosting a significantly scaled-down Republican National Convention in August and has no intention to expand the event.

  President Trump canceling Florida part of RNC 2020 due to coronavirus ‘flare up'

President Donald Trump is cancelling the Jacksonville, Florida portion of the Republican National Convention due in part to the coronavirus.

Bank of America Stadium, Spectrum Center approved as Charlotte early voting sites

Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center, homes to Charlotte’s NFL and NBA teams, will serve as early-voting poll sites this fall.

N.C. elections chief orders minimum early vote sites in fall

North Carolina’s top elections administrator has ordered counties to open a minimum number of early in-person voting sites this fall to buttress ballot access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Charlotte’s Spectrum Center might be used as early-voting polling place

The Hornets would become the fourth NBA team providing facilities for voting in the upcoming election cycle.

  Prosecutor won’t file charges against Harris in NC-9 probe

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman announced on Wednesday that she would not file charges against former Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris as part of her probe of the 9th Congressional District scandal.

North Carolina GOP won’t hold in-person annual convention

The convention was originally set for May in Greenville, but GOP officials delayed the event until July. Now they’ll hold a virtual-only convention to choose delegates to the Republican National Convention and complete other business.

  While you were sleeping: North Carolina legislators restrict access to public records

While North Carolinians were sleeping early Friday morning, the General Assembly swiftly passed a bill that would shield death-investigation records from the public. The bill was requested by N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and passed unanimously by lawmakers.

Trump’s pick defeated in North Carolina GOP House primary

A 24-year-old candidate has won the Republican nomination for a western North Carolina congressional primary, beating President Donald Trump’s choice for the seat recently held by his chief of staff.

  RNC announces Jacksonville, Fla. as host to celebratory part of 2020 convention, City of Charlotte responds

President Donald Trump will officially celebrate his acceptance of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in Jacksonville, Florida at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  'Stop Pretending’: RNC moves to Jacksonville, Fla. in all but name

In a letter sent to the City of Charlotte and other stakeholders in the Republican National Convention, The Republican National Committee announced that the majority of the convention speeches and people attending them will move to Jacksonville, while a much smaller set of business meetings is still

Vote-by-mail systems could offer challenges for Native Americans

For Native Americans living on reservations, implementing vote-by-mail policies could actually create barriers to voting.

Trump rally-goers must agree they won’t sue if they contract coronavirus

Trump supporters who attend his first rally since the coronavirus pandemic began must agree not to sue if they contract COVID-19.

GOP congressman at risk of losing seat over gay marriage

Freshman Virginia GOP congressman Denver Riggleman has a conservative voting record and the strong backing of President Donald Trump but is still in danger of losing his seat this weekend in a Republican nominating contest.