Elections

  Wake County DA clears Mark Harris, candidate in congressional race that led to election fraud investigation

  New Hanover Board of Elections sets early voting dates, times and locations for 2020 General Elections

  Key figure in election fraud investigation files for re-election in local race

  The Republican primary election for Columbus County’s District 2 commissioner seat had to be re-done, coronavirus protections in place

  Precautions in place for Tuesday’s GOP primary in Columbus County

RNC: Trump celebration to be held in another city, ‘official business’ may still be held in Charlotte

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  Pandemic-response elections bill headed to State House floor, but some legislators don’t think it goes far enough

  The pandemic will drive up election costs, and so far NC isn’t ready

Advocacy group files lawsuit over N.C. absentee ballot restrictions, asks for changes in light of coronavirus

  Elections officials work to prepare for voting during a pandemic, in the shadow of an election fraud scandal

State Board calls for new election in Columbus County Commission race

State elections board holds off certification of Columbus County primary

  Watkins, Rivenbark lead a close Republican County Commission race

Nine candidates are competing in the primary for three spots in the November general election.

Incumbent, 2 newcomers take democratic nominations for NHC Board of Commissioners

A list of the candidates and what you need to know ahead of the results.

AP VoteCast: Health care top issue in North Carolina

Voters in North Carolina’s Democratic primary ranked health care as the most important issue facing the country, well above climate change, the economy, race relations, foreign policy and many other social issues.

Biden grabs Super Tuesday wins in Virginia, North Carolina

Joe Biden has opened Super Tuesday with victories in Virginia and North Carolina, kicking off the most pivotal night of the Democratic presidential primary race on a high note.

Republican candidates with educational background take top spots in NHC Board of Education race

  Bloomberg brings presidential campaign to Wilmington

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg to hold rally at Laney High School

  Check dates, times and locations for one-stop early voting in your county

  Rep. Grange upbeat ahead of GOP gubernatorial primary

  Elections intimidation complaint filed against Judge Sandra Ray

New HPU Poll shows Sanders, Biden, Trump leading in NC ahead of Super Tuesday

A new poll shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden leading among North Carolina voters surveyed ahead of the state's primary elections. President Donald Trump enjoys strong support in the state ahead of his re-election bid.

Friday is last day to register to vote in primary election

Friday is the last day to make sure you are registered to vote in the primary election.

  Voters test new voting system ahead of the primary election

Voters see how the new voting equipment will work during an interactive demonstration Wednesday, Jan. 29. The goal is to help voters understand the machines ahead of the upcoming primary election next month.

  Bladen Board of Elections votes down adding Pledge of Allegiance to regular meetings

A Bladen County Board of Elections motion to add the Pledge of Allegiance to each meeting’s official agenda failed to pass after it didn’t garner enough votes.

  Too soon? Campaign signs signal early start to 2020 elections

Candidates across the Cape Fear region are preparing for the upcoming primary election in March, but it turns out that it is possible to start campaigning too early.

State board rules against D’Abrosca’s appeal to oppose Rouzer in NC7 GOP primary

The NC State Board of Elections voted against Pete D’Abrosca in his appeal to oppose Congressman David Rouzer in the GOP primary for the Seventh Congressional District seat.

NC Attorney General will appeal Voter ID decision, but won’t seek to require ID for upcoming primaries

Attorney General Josh Stein announced his position on what comes next for Voter ID

Federal judge temporarily blocks NC’s voter ID law

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued the notice on Thursday that says voters will not have to present a photo ID in the March primaries.

Voting equipment manufacturer giving up on NC for now

An election equipment manufacturer is giving up for now on selling its machines to North Carolina counties.

  Rouzer challenger Pete D’Abrosca candidacy canceled by state elections board

The lone challenger to incumbent Republican Congressman David Rouzer may not end up on the ballot at all, as state officials have canceled his notice of candidacy.

  Former Wilmington mayor Don Betz running for county commissioner seat

Former Wilmington Mayor Don Betz is getting back into politics, filing to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

  Candidate files to challenge Rouzer in NC’s Seventh Congressional District

Congressman David Rouzer will have at least one primary challenger if he files to run for a fourth term representing North Carolina’s Seventh District. Peter D’Abrosca filed Wednesday as a republican candidate for the newly redrawn district

Brunswick County school board member files to run for N.C. House

Charles Miller, who is currently serving his fourth term on the Brunswick County Board of Education, has filed to run for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Leslie Cohen, who ran for state House in 2018, plans run for county commissioner in 2020

Leslie Cohen, who ran for a seat in the NC House of Representatives in 2018, announced Tuesday evening she plans to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2020.

Lawler requests recount in Wilmington council race, Shuttleworth does not in Carolina Beach

One local councilman has requested a recount of votes cast in his municipal election. However, another incumbent has decided against filing a similar request.

  Results hold in tight NHC races after vote canvass, recounts possible for several seats

The results of a pair of tight races in New Hanover County were upheld Friday by the county board of elections.

  With seats in the balance, New Hanover Co. election officials approve absentee, provisional ballots; Final counts to be tallied Friday

Just six votes separate candidates in two different municipal elections in New Hanover County as of Election Night, but that is likely to change Friday morning.

  Saffo hangs on to Wilmington mayor seat as newcomer ousts council incumbent

Election results are in for the 2019 Wilmington City Council and mayoral contests.

  History in the making: Unofficial results show Carolina Beach has first female mayor-elect

For the first time in Carolina Beach history, voters have chosen the town’s first female mayor.

  Hosmer, Laub come out on top in contentious H2GO commissioner race

Steve Hosmer and Barry Laub have won the two seats up for grabs on the H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer.

  Councilman falls short to sitting Mayor in Surf City

Sitting City Councilman Jeremy Shugarts fell short in his challenge against incumbent Mayor Doug Medlin in this year’s municipal race for Surf City Mayor. Both are non-partisan candidates.

Power outage causes minimal delays at Leland polling location

Power was out for about an hour at the polling place off of Village Road, near Lincoln Elementary, but the location was still able to accept voters after utilizing backup means.

What you need to know about Tuesday’s Municipal Elections

Important information for citizens ahead of Tuesday's municipal elections

  Bladenboro residents debate legalizing alcohol as election day approaches

Bladenboro citizens may soon be able to buy an alcoholic beverage within city lines.

  State leaders cracking down on absentee-ballot tampering

State leaders are cracking down on anyone who tries to tamper with state or local elections. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill that directly addresses last year’s ninth congressional district race, which caused Bladen County to hold new elections after the state board found evidence

  State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

Complaints against two members of the Bladen County Board of Elections have been dismissed by state election officials for failing to meet basic requirements.

  Kusek won’t seek second term on New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Patricia Kusek announced on Monday that she won’t seek a second term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

Bladen County election-related disputes continue as Republican leader files complaints against Democratic board members, NCSBE to consider complaints

The leader of the Republican Party in Bladen County is raising issue with two Democratic members of the Bladen County Board of Elections.

Friday last day to register to vote in November municipal elections

The clock is ticking for those hoping to cast a ballot.

Candidate forums scheduled for October ahead of 2019 Municipal Elections

Several forums are scheduled during the month of October ahead of the 2019 Municipal Elections, giving the public a chance to hear where candidates stand on the issues important to voters.

  Republican Dan Bishop unofficial winner in 9th District re-do election

Republican State Senator Dan Bishop is the unofficial winner of the election for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, according to the Associated Press.

  New election in N.C.’s 9th district Tuesday; Experts say race could be ‘canary in the coal mine’ for 2020

More than nine months after the North Carolina State Board of Elections refused to certify the results of the election in the state’s 9th congressional district, voters are headed back to the polls Tuesday.

State elections board encourages early voting for Sept. 10 races ahead of possible Dorian impacts

While Southeastern North Carolina waits for the forecast of Hurricane Dorian to narrow, the North Carolina State Board of Elections is encouraging voters to go ahead and cast their ballots.

  A tale of two Dans: Bishop, McCready go toe-to-toe in NC-9 debate

With just weeks remaining until the special election for North Carolina’s ninth district congressional district seat, the two leading candidates took part in a special debate Wednesday evening.

  State elections board certifies voting equipment

Board members had to make the call after the North Carolina General Assembly voted to de-certify voting machines that only create an electronic record.

  Election officials closely watching state vote on voting systems Friday as 2019, 2020 races loom

Along with everything else it takes to prepare for the upcoming 2019 municipal elections, and the 2020 primaries close on their heels, election officials in Southeastern North Carolina are also waiting to see what kind of equipment they will be able to use.

Early in-person voting begins for 2 congressional seats

Early in-person voting is starting for two special congressional elections in North Carolina.

  Governor delivers school supplies, talks pay raises with teachers

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Penderlea Elementary School Tuesday to deliver school supplies and meet with educators to discuss teacher pay.

  Appeal in Columbus County sheriff dispute voluntarily dismissed in Wake County court

The dispute over the race for Columbus County Sheriff has ended — for now.

Brunswick County to hold educational seminars about voter ID requirements

The Brunswick County Board of Elections will hold two educational seminars later this month about voter photo identification requirements for the 2020 elections.

McCrae Dowless faces additional charges as new election fraud indictments announced

McCrae Dowless indicted on more charges.

  WECT Investigates: Judge’s order blocks man from filing ‘frivolous’ lawsuits

Calvin Norton has sued local officials so many times in lawsuits deemed “frivolous” by a judge, that he has effectively had his right to sue in state court revoked. But that hasn’t stopped the Columbus County man.

See who is running for office in 2019 Municipal Elections

Candidate filing period has ended for the 2019 Municipal Elections in North Carolina

Judge issues permanent injunction after ‘unlawful’ transfer of H2GO assets

The judge handling the contentious legal battle between the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Authority H2GO, the Town of Leland and the Town of Belville has made a decision regarding what he deemed an unlawful transfer of assets from H2GO to the Town of Belville in 2017.

  Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announces she’s running for governor in 2020

According to sources, Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington plans to seek the republican nomination for Governor of North Carolina in 2020.

  Empty Ballots: Halfway through candidate filing, several municipal races have no candidates

While several well-known local politicians have filed or announced their intentions not to run, there are still several races without a candidate.

  Municipal elections filing begins; Wilmington mayor to seek eighth term

A crowd gathered at the New Hanover County Board of Elections Friday, as several local politicians filed to run for office.

Candidate filing period begins today in New Hanover County

Candidates may file at the NHC Board of Elections Technology Training Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 39 in Wilmington. The filing period ends July 19 at noon.

Carolina Beach mayor won’t seek reelection

Joe Benson said he has no plans to seek a second term as mayor of Carolina Beach.

Columbus County elections board certifies disputed sheriff’s race

At its meeting Thursday morning, the Columbus County Board of Elections certified the results of the sheriff’s race and issued Jody Greene his certificate of election.

  Lawyers file notice of appeal in Columbus County sheriff’s election dispute

Attorneys challenging the outcome of the November election for Columbus County sheriff filed a notice of appeal Friday with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. They also plan to file a complaint and a Motion for a Stay of certification with Wake County Superior Court.

  Attorney “astounded” by mayor’s comments about ongoing H2GO lawsuit

The comments Belville Mayor Mike Allen made during a May 21st meeting of the H2GO sanitary district board were recorded, and attorneys familiar with the recording say it sounds as if Allen is admitting he is using the legal appeals process to avoid complying with a judge’s order.

  State elections board issues order in Columbus County Sheriff dispute, parties plan appeals

The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) has formally issued its findings in the case of the disputed sheriff election in Columbus County.

  General Assembly approves voter ID accommodations, including use of student IDs

House Bill 646 received final approval by a 109-6 vote in the NC House of Representatives on Tuesday.

  Priest wins Bladen Co. District 3 recount

Friday’s recount in the Bladen County commissioners race has set the record straight as to who won the county’s close election.

  Recount scheduled in Bladen County Commission race

Only four votes separate the two candidates for the commission's third district.

  NC9 Election Results: Bishop takes GOP primary; Bladen Commissioners’ race decided by four votes

Republicans in North Carolina have chosen state Sen. Dan Bishop as their party’s nominee in a special congressional election ordered after a ballot fraud scandal marred last year’s race.

Republican candidates face off in primary NC District 09 election

Ten Republican candidates for the NC-9 Congressional faced off in a primary election Tuesday, with Dan Bishop declared the winner of the Republican primary.