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BOE: Early Voting Booms In Primary Despite Fewer Days But Same Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:20

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RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Board of Elections has authenticated results for the May 6 primary, noting that more North Carolinians voted early and within fewer days compared to 2010, the most recent non-presidential primary year. 

Early voting also formed a greater proportion of overall participation. 
The May Primary was the first election held under a compacted 10-day early voting schedule. Average votes-per-hour at one-stop polling locations increased 34% over 2010. 
“Primaries play an increasingly decisive role in our democratic process, and we are encouraged to see greater participation,” said Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach in a statement. 
Statewide participation increased to 15.8% of registered voters compared to 14.4% in 2010.  More than 148,000 additional voters cast ballots in 2014 than in 2010. 
Second primaries will be held Tuesday, July 15 to decide 19 contests in 37 counties.  Early voting begins Thursday, July 3.  No statewide ballot item required a second primary. 
The State Board unanimously denied the appeal of an elections protest filed by Bruce Davis, former candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District. Board members also voted unanimously to reprimand Jerry Wallin of the Madison County Board of Elections regarding a Facebook “like” of a candidate’s page. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:22
Rep. Robert Brawley Gets No Confidence Vote From House Republican Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:30

RALEIGH, (AP) — A North Carolina House Republican is officially on the outs with the rest of the chamber's GOP caucus.

Rep. Robert Brawley of Iredell County and a key House Republican leader confirmed Wednesday that Brawley will no longer be attending House Republican Caucus meetings following a no-confidence vote Tuesday.
Brawley has been a critic of Speaker Thom Tillis, penning a letter questioning his leadership in the weeks before the U.S. Senate primary Tillis won. Brawley resigned his finance committee chairmanship last year during a flap with Tillis.
Majority Leader Edgar Starnes says caucus members wanted the vote because Brawley was speaking publicly about caucus business. Brawley served 18 years in the House until 1998 and returned last year. He lost his own primary this month.
WRAL-TV first reported the political breakup.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:31
Active Duty Service Members More Likely to Register And Vote Than Civilians PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New research recently released by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) indicates active duty Service members are more likely to register and vote than civilians with similar characteristics. 

The analysis is provided in a research note that is supplemental to FVAP’s 2012 Post-Election Report to Congress.
Active-duty members are nearly 7.92 percentage points more likely to be registered to vote and 2.39 percentage points more likely to vote than their counterparts in the citizen voting age population. 
The research note details a new methodological approach for comparing active duty military and citizen voting age population registration and participation rates, and for estimating the potential factors in the differences of the rates among the two disparate groups. 
The analysis helps clarify why the differences exist, highlighting the role demographic characteristics play in explaining voting behavior. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:00
2nd Congressional District Democratic Nominee Clay Aiken Appears On "Today" Show PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:49

RALEIGH, (AP) — Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background.

Aiken told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that music has opened doors for him. But he says he has to overcome the singing fame to be considered as a candidate.
The Democrat denied his campaign has downplayed the fact that he supports gay marriage. Aiken is gay and says he's emphasizing issues that affect voters. He cited the debt many college students face upon graduation. Aiken also said the unemployment rate is too high for veterans.
He says better funding and improvements are needed in the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is facing accusations of treatment delays for veterans.
Aiken faces incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in November.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:50

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