North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly encouraged local officials to establish civil penalties for people who violate his executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is seeing record highs in cases, percentage of positive tests, and hospitalizations, according to a letter from Cooper, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Public Safety Director Erik Hooks. “This pandemic is threatening to overwhelm the capacity of our hospitals and health care workers, and we all want people seeking medical care to have a hospital or ICU bed if they need it for COVID-19, a hear attach or any other ailment,” the threeRead More →

The North Carolina Board of Elections held an emergency called meeting Election Day afternoon to take care of several items, including extending time at four polling places that opened late. Because of the extensions granted to a polling place in Sampson County, North Carolina won’t begin announcing voting results until 8:15 p.m. The board also filled Democrat vacancies on county board of elections in Rockingham County and Stanley County with individuals recommended by the state Democratic Party. The board voted to extend voting hours at several polling places that opened later than the 15 minutes allowed by the state. Polls are supposed to be openRead More →

Sample ballots are available. Your ballot may be different from your neighbor’s because ballots are specific to your residence address and the jurisdictions associated with your residence address.  To view your specific sample ballot, click here What’s on my ballot?What’s on my ballot?. When accessing the link, you will need to: Provide your first name, last name, and year of birth. Select “Craven” under County. Select your name from the search results. Go to “Sample Ballots” in the Election Date row and click on the ballot number starting with “B.” Until further order of the court, voters are not required to show photo ID. The law was enjoinedRead More →

With the early voting period over, North Carolina voters still wanting to cast a ballot may vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. The State Board offers the following tips for Election Day voters: On Election Day, polls across North Carolina are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Lines tend to be longer before and after normal business hours. Find your Election Day polling place through the Voter Search or the Polling Place Search. Sample ballots are available through the Voter Search tool. Information about N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals candidatesRead More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

North Carolina ranks fairly well overall in WalletHub’s National Voter Representation Index, coming in at 16 out of 50 states in how well voters represent the overall population. With WalletHub’s National Voter Representation Index at 87 percent and very different demographic groups supporting Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report examining the States with the Best and the Worst Representation on Election Day. To identify those states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the distribution of the 50 states’ voters to the distribution of their electorates by key demographic characteristics, including age, race and gender. State representation Source: WalletHub Overall Best Overall RepresentationRead More →