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Oct 23, 2020

Just over a week before the US election, lawsuits linger

Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed before the Nov. 3 election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American democratic process, including how ballots are cast and counted. Some of the challenges are being fronted by legal teams working for President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. A look at some of […]

Oct 23, 2020

Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court. They have been engaging in a lawyer’s version […]

Oct 21, 2020

Court lets North Carolina keep absentee deadline extension

By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day for more than a week afterward, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block an extension for accepting the ballots that was announced in late September. The State Board of Elections […]

Oct 9, 2020

Judge delays ruling on N.C. absentee ballot procedure

By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge leveled sharp criticism on Wednesday against a procedure giving North Carolina voters more leeway to fix witness problems on absentee ballots, but declined to immediately rule in a tangle of election-related lawsuits. U.S. District Judge William Osteen, who’s presiding over three related cases, […]

Oct 1, 2020

Federal judge questions North Carolina absentee rule change

By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press A federal judge said Wednesday that a North Carolina elections board directive making it easier for voters to fix witness deficiencies in absentee ballots may violate a previous ruling he made and has ordered state lawyers to explain the changes to him. Federal Judge William Osteen, who presided over one […]

Sep 28, 2020

Suit challenges NC’s strict liability law on felons voting

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law making it a serious crime for convicted felons to vote before their right is restored, even when it’s an unintentional mistake, is racially discriminatory and needs to be blocked for the November election, a federal lawsuit says. Two civil rights advocacy groups suing the State Board of […]

Aug 14, 2019

Lawsuit challenges judicial elections in NC’s largest county

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the new way of electing District Court judges in North Carolina’s largest county says the law divides the county into two predominant racial groups and sorts the voters into districts by race. The action challenges a law passed in 2018 that puts Mecklenburg County’s 21 District Court judgeships […]

Dec 17, 2018

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate

(AP) — Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different […]

Dec 6, 2018

Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election

Allegations of flagrant absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina district have thrown the Election Day results of one of the nation’s last unresolved midterm congressional races into question. Unofficial ballot totals showed Republican Mark Harris ahead of Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th Congressional District. But the state elections board refused […]

Aug 10, 2018

Former Democrat won’t run unless he’s labeled a Republican

RALEIGH (AP) A North Carolina state Supreme Court hopeful who has been accused of being a Democratic “plant” said Aug. 9 that even if he is barred from being listed as a Republican on November’s ballot, he’s proven his point to fight what he considers constitutional abuses by GOP state lawmakers. Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin, a […]

Jul 31, 2018

New North Carolina party sues over candidate restriction

RALEIGH (AP) A new official political party in North Carolina says a law blocking some of its nominated candidates from standing for election this fall is unconstitutional. The Constitution Party of North Carolina and three individuals picked to run under the party’s banner in November are suing the state elections board in Raleigh federal court. […]

Jul 31, 2018

Democrat running for Supreme Court outraises GOP incumbent

RALEIGH (AP) Democratic North Carolina Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls has raised more than twice the amount of campaign dollars that Republican incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson did through the first half of the year, candidate finance reports show. The new filings offer the first look into 2018 fundraising in a three-way competition for the only […]

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