• Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann takes note via Y’All Politics:

    A statewide comparison of absentee ballots cast thus far in the Primary Election shows several counties have a high number of absentee ballots requested.

    “High absentee ballots are always cause for concern with our Agency,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Now that Mississippi has passed Voter ID, absentee balloting has the highest potential for fraud in our State.”

    Percentages are based on the total number of eligible voters to the total number of requested absentee ballots. On average, the percentage of absentee ballots cast in an election is 5-6%.

    Counties whose requested absentee ballots are higher than 5%:

    • Noxubee 13.66%
    • Quitman 10.77%
    • Claiborne 7.73%
    • Tallahatchie 7.20%
    • Benton 5.8%

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    28th of July 2015
  • Overall turnout and turnout among black voters was higher in 2014 than 2010

    Evidence shows that HB 589, the North Carolina election law enacted in 2013, had no negative impact on voter turnout in 2014, and in fact turnout increased compared to 2010, the state’s second expert witness in the federal trial challenging the law testified.

    Trey Hood, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia, said in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem that he could find no evidence that North Carolina’s shortened early voting period discouraged a significant number of people to vote…

    Hood compared turnout rates for the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections and Democratic primaries, and found that with an early voting period of ten days in 2014, compared to 17 days in 2010, more total voters voted and more black voters voted.

    Hood argued that the Democratic primary in 2010 was more competitive than the one in 2014. He said he would have expected higher voter turnout in 2010, but his analysis of the data revealed the opposite – the overall turnout was higher in 2014 than 2010. The turnout among black voters was also higher in 2014 than it was in 2010.

    The turnout was high both during the early voting period and on Election Day, Hood said.  Hood said black voters cast ballots during the shortened period of early voting at higher rates than whites in 2014.

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    28th of July 2015
  • The state’s witnesses have begun rebutting plaintiffs’ claims that several election law changes enacted in 2013 are discriminatory:

    In court documents and through cross-examination, state attorneys have argued that North Carolina is under no obligation to provide things such as early voting and same-day voter registration, that the law is racially neutral and that it applies equally to everyone, regardless of race. One of the major points that state attorneys have pushed is that black voter turnout increased in 2014, when many of the law’s provisions were in place, as compared to 2010.

    Thornton testified that her analysis of data indicated that black voter turnout increased at a higher rate in 2014 than it did in 2010, both in early voting and on Election Day. Thornton also testified that people registered to vote at higher rates between 2012 and 2014 than they did between 2008 and 2010.

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    27th of July 2015

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