Election 2018

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WFAE's coverage of the key races, issues and candidates that North Carolinians voted on in the midterm election. From congressional races and the so-called “Blue Wave,” to the six ballot amendments and Charlotte bonds, you can find our stories here.

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County elections directors are urging voters to double-check their ballots after some early voters complained of mistakes.

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The vice chair of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party said Tuesday evening that she was a victim of sexual assault who, along with other members of her party, supported the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

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A three-judge panel has agreed to delay enforcing its entire ruling that strikes down several parts of the state's election administration law until Dec. 3. 

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After five days of early voting in North Carolina, turnout resembles early voting from the presidential election in 2016 – not a mid-term election.


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WFAE and WUNC are teaming up to help you make the most informed decisions on Election Day with two pre-election specials. 

We'll discuss legislative and congressional races and the six proposed constitutional amendments. And we want to include you. Tell us here what you need to know about the proposed amendments. 

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Almost 133,000 North Carolinians cast ballots on the first day of early voting, according to data released by the State Board of Elections Thursday.

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Last week, the first debate between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready took place in the WBTV studios, in front of only moderators and cameramen. It was subdued, even polite.

But Wednesday night’s Spectrum News debate at McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte was before an audience that was probably 70 percent McCready fans. For Harris, it was a road game.

The Hal Marshall Center opened to early voters Wednesday morning.
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Early voting started in North Carolina today, with 19 polling places opened across Mecklenburg County. The county board of elections estimated more than 10,000 people voted.

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A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but the board can remain in place through the November elections.

North Carolina voters are once again dealing with changes to how the state runs its elections. At a time when early voting is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, a new law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature will result in nearly 20 percent fewer places to cast votes before Election Day.

Democrats say the changes could disproportionately affect African-American voters, but some local Republican officials also complain about the changes, arguing they impose too much top-down control on election administration and amount to an unfunded mandate from the state.

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Democrat Dan McCready is still holding a sizeable fundraising advantage over Republican Mark Harris in the 9th Congressional District race, which is considered one of the most competitive in the nation.

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Early voting started Oct. 17 for the 2018 midterm election in North Carolina. The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6. Here’s what voters in Mecklenburg County need to know in order to prepare.

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North Carolina voters will get the chance to elect justices to the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. North Carolinians will also be asked if they’re “for or against” six proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.
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There are 12 House districts within Mecklenburg County and five Senate districts. Democrats view the midterm election as crucial to breaking the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly. Right now, Republicans have enough representatives in the General Assembly to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper if he vetoes their legislation. Democrats are trying to change that by identifying key districts throughout the state they could flip.

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North Carolinians will vote on all 13 Congressional districts in November. Here's a look at the notable Congressional races from districts in and around Mecklenburg County and who else is on the ballot.

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