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5 Things to Know About Election Changes in North Carolina

From a voter ID requirement to a shortened early voting period and the end of same-day registration, here are five key things to know about a new elections law in North Carolina.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Some Changes to N.C. Voting Laws
Same-day registration would be reinstated for this year's election under a 2-1 decision handed down Wednesday. However, Republican lawmakers have vowed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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McCrory Appoints Members to Coal Ash Commission He Opposed
Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday appointed three members to the newly formed Coal Ash Management Commission that he opposed as "another level of unneeded bureaucracy."

Registration Deadline Nears for N.C. Voters

With same-day registration no longer an option, it’s critical that all citizens who wish to vote this year be registered by the Oct. 10 deadline.

N.C. Voter Rolls Grew by 1.5 Million Over Past Decade

The number of registered voters in North Carolina has grown by nearly 1.5 million over the past 10 years – a 30 percent increase.

Consensus Growing in Support of Redistricting Reform
At a time when Republicans and Democrats fight over almost everything, this is one issue they do agree on.

With Legislative Session Done, Voters Will Now Have Final Say

As debate shifts from the legislative building in Raleigh to campaign stops across the state, it will be up to voters to determine if policies enacted by lawmakers prove popular with North Carolinians.

Political Odd Couple Hood & Fitzsimon Make Case for Redistricting Reform

The conservative and progressive thinkers have come together to push for changing the way voting maps are drawn in North Carolina.

Graphic: 2014 'Short Session' Was Longest of Past 10 Years

Before 2014, so-called "short legislative sessions" had been getting shorter. But that trend was dramatically reversed this year.

McCrory Makes Appointment to N.C. Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced that he will appoint current N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Bob Hunter to the state Supreme Court.

Poll: N.C. Legislature Gets Poor Marks from Voters

As the 2014 legislative session draws to a close, a new poll finds that a plurality of North Carolina voters give the General Assembly a failing grade.

Voters Should Be Prepared for Changes in This Year's Elections

A look at what a recent court ruling will mean for North Carolina voters when they head to the polls this year.

McCrory Names Mark Martin as N.C. Chief Justice

Martin will take over for Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who is stepping down at the end of August due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 72 for North Carolina judges.

PODCAST: The Budget Battle and Debate Over Teacher Pay

How might the new $21 billion state budget and debate over teacher pay impact this year's elections? For insight we speak with Dr. Steven Greene, political science professor at N.C. State University.

Poll: Americans Divided on Opinion of U.S. Supreme Court
A new poll from Gallup finds Americans increasingly polarized when it comes to their attitudes toward the nation's highest court.
Eight Steps to Improve American Elections
At a time of increased polarization in American politics, a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center offers a comprehensive look at ways to strengthen the nation’s election system.

Faith in Congress Hits Historic Lows
Nobody likes Congress. Or at least very, very few people appear to have confidence in that body, according to new numbers from Gallup.
Yep, Americans Are Becoming More Politically Polarized
A new study from Pew Research finds Americans increasingly divided and less inclined to compromise on political issues.
Poll: When It Comes to Picking President, Voters Unimpressed by Washington Experience
More American voters view time in Washington as a negative trait for a potential presidential candidate than a positive part of a political resume.

As It Turns 10, a Look at Facebook's Footprint on U.S. Politics
To mark the 10th anniversary of Facebook's founding, here's a quick look at that social-media behemoth's impact on American politics.

24th Amendment, Outlawing Poll Taxes, Turns 50
"The tide of a strong national desire to bring about the broadest possible public use of the voting process runs too strong to hold back," President Lyndon Johnson said upon ratification of the amendment.

'Mitt' Is an Intimate Look at the Toll Taken By Presidential Campaigns
But political junkies could be disappointed by how little insight the film offers into the campaign's nuts and bolts.
Report: Early Voting Effective, Should Be Expanded
Early voting results in shorter lines and reduced stress at polling places on Election Day, while allowing for early detection of voter registration errors and voting system glitches, according to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.