Recently, questions have arisen about the law pertaining to assistance to voters at voting sites. The State Board of Elections will investigate credible allegations of improper assistance. The following are guidelines regarding assistance to voters from the North Carolina State Board of Elections: Previous New Bern Post election content here. Visual election guide here. State and federal law provide disabled and illiterate voters the right to request assistance from a person of the voter’s choice, except for the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.  There are no legal restrictions on the number of times aRead More →

Audits, possible recounts are a normal part of post-election processes The N.C. State Board of Elections anticipates that the results reported by the end of election night will include 97 percent or more of all ballots cast in North Carolina in the 2020 general election. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Any voter in line at their assigned polling place at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote. The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and just before the polls close. Avoid longer lines by voting at off-peak times. As always, the remainingRead More →

UPDATED 6:33 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2020: Here is a useful, interesting, important, and factual guide to Election Night, courtesy of my colleague Charles Apple of the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Any voter in line at their assigned polling place at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote. The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and just before the polls close. Avoid longer lines by voting at off-peak times.Read More →

Early and absentee voting in Craven County on Sunday reached 92.9 percent of the total votes cast for president in Craven County in 2016. Voter turnout for the 2020 General Election in Craven County was 60.2 percent of the county’s registered voters. So far, 43,907 ballots have been cast in Craven County between early voting and absentee voting. Put in perspective, 47,238 ballots were cast in Craven County in the 2016 Presidential Election, including Election Day. Early voting ended Saturday, but absentee ballots are still being delivered. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. AnyRead More →

With just four voting days remaining (early voting today through Saturday, and Election Day on Tuesday), Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 52.4 percent as of Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2020. Among its neighbors, Craven County ranks fourth in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. With polls showing North Carolina to be a tossup in the presidential race, every vote counts. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots byRead More →

Democrats, Republicans, whites, and females have been slightly more likely to vote in this year’s General Election, according to data gleaned from absentee ballots that have arrived so far. Slightly under-represented have been blacks and other races, males, undesignated genders, unaffiliated voters, and third-party voters. These data do not take into account early voting or voter turnout on Nov. 3, Election Day, and under-voting populations may correct themselves between early voting and Election-Day voting. Voter turnout is key in North Carolina, statistically a purple state that will be key for whomever wins the White House and Senate next week. Republican President Trump faces a strongRead More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 46.3 percent as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2020, one week before Election Day, with 33,634 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 33,634 46.30 7,640 25,994 Beaufort 15,091 44.56 2,571 12,520 Carteret 25,642 49.61 4,209 21,433 Jones 2,72 37.70 350Read More →

WALLETHUB | Voters in North Carolina are among the most powerful in the nation in the upcoming general election in swinging the presidency and Senate, according to a WalletHub study released today. With the 2020 election a little over a week away and voters’ influence varying from state to state, according to the report, 2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters. WalletHub compared the relative clout of 2020 voters in swinging the presidency and Senate. In order to make such a comparison, WalletHub calculated a Voter Power Score for each state and for each type of election. Most Powerful Voters – Presidential Election MostRead More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 34.9 percent as of Saturday morning (Oct. 24, 2020), with 25,317 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 30,303 41.72 7,494 22,809 Beaufort 12,437 36.82 2,429 10,008 Carteret 22,892 44.29 4,013 18,879 Jones 2,415 32.78 326 2,089 Lenoir 16,079 42.09 2,559Read More →

(Editor’s note: Original post incorrectly ranked Craven County as fourth. This has been corrected and the article has been updated with Thursday morning numbers.) Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 34.9 percent as of Thursday morning (Oct. 22, 2020), with 25,317 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 25,317 34.90 6,943 18,374 Beaufort 10,428 30.89 2,287 8,141 Carteret 18,268 35.33 3,618 14,650 Jones 2,053 27.87 309 1,744 Lenoir 13,661 35.81 2,349 11,312 Onslow 28,503 24.54 6,461 22,042 Pamlico 3,335 34.32Read More →