Absentee Ballot Process Secured by N.C. House in Bill Increasing Penalties for Fraud

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislation enhancing penalties for absentee ballot fraud and creating new crimes for selling or receiving payment for returning completed absentee ballot request forms was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday. 

Senate Bill 683 Combat Absentee Ballot Fraud also adds a Saturday to North Carolina’s early voting schedule, which has nearly doubled the number of hours available for early voters to cast their ballots under Republican leadership in the state General Assembly.  

S.B. 683 requires absentee ballot requests be submitted with a photo identification to comply with the state’s voter ID law or an affidavit asserting a reasonable impediment to obtaining a qualifying ID. 

Voters must include their photo identification or affidavit with the request for an absentee ballot under the bill, which eliminates the option for voters to provide the ID or affidavit with voted ballots.

It further prevents the harvesting of absentee ballot requests by prohibiting the return of those forms by anyone but the voter, their near relative, or legal guardian.

Voters must include their photo identification or affidavit with the request for an absentee ballot under the bill, which eliminates the option for voters to provide the ID or affidavit with voted ballots.

S.B. 683 creates a new Class I felony for selling, purchasing, or attempting to transact in completed absentee ballots or application forms.  It also creates a Class I felony for compensating others based on the number of returned requests for ballots.  

It also increases existing Class 2 misdemeanors for committing absentee ballot fraud to Class 1 misdemeanors and creates a new Class G felony for intentionally failing to deliver or intentionally destroying request forms and absentee ballots. 

Our democracy is only as good as the integrity of our elections,” said House Rules Committee Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett).  I would like to thank the House Elections Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Holly Grange and Rep. Destin Hall for their help on this proposed legislation.”

“This carefully crafted proposal will provide greater access to voters, close the absentee ballot loopholes, and secure our elections. I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line.”

 

Public Servants Missing Pay Raises as N.C. Governor Blocks Higher Salaries Again

Teachers will miss automatic ‘step’ raises this pay cycle, as well as targeted raises, as state operates under a continuing budget from last biennium

Raleigh, N.C. – State employees, teachers, correctional officers, and other public servants will miss out on budgeted pay increases this month as Gov. Roy Cooper continues to obstruct state funds to demand the General Assembly expand Medicaid. Continue reading “Public Servants Missing Pay Raises as N.C. Governor Blocks Higher Salaries Again”

Legislative Leaders Announce $250 Taxpayer Refund for N.C. Families

Berger, Moore: N.C. taxpayers sent us too much money, so we’re giving it back

 Say the people spend their money better than government 

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) today announced the Taxpayer Refund Act. If passed into law, every taxpayer would receive a refund in the amount they paid in state taxes, up to a maximum of $125 for an individual or $250 for a couple. Continue reading “Legislative Leaders Announce $250 Taxpayer Refund for N.C. Families”

Mecklenburg County Senator and House Lawmakers Respond to Governor’s Veto of ICE Detainer Bill Supported by N.C. Sheriffs

Raleigh, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Bishop joined North Carolina House lawmakers at a press conference today responding to Governor Cooper’s veto of House Bill 370 Require Cooperation with ICE Detainers.     Continue reading “Mecklenburg County Senator and House Lawmakers Respond to Governor’s Veto of ICE Detainer Bill Supported by N.C. Sheriffs”

Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Bishop to Join Speaker Moore Urging Governor to Sign Sheriff-Supported ICE Detainer Bill

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Raleigh, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Bishop will join North Carolina House lawmakers including Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) at a press conference today, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. urging Governor Cooper to sign House Bill 370 Require Cooperation with ICE Detainers.     Continue reading “Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Bishop to Join Speaker Moore Urging Governor to Sign Sheriff-Supported ICE Detainer Bill”

UNC Pembroke’s Budget Funds for N.C. Promise Growth Focus of Speaker Moore Tour Thursday

Raleigh, N.C. – Bipartisan budget investments to fund record growth at UNC Pembroke and its N.C. Promise program guaranteeing $500 in-state tuition will be highlighted by state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) in a visit to the university on Thursday. Continue reading “UNC Pembroke’s Budget Funds for N.C. Promise Growth Focus of Speaker Moore Tour Thursday”