NC voter rolls grew by 30 percent in past decade

Posted September 23, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014

— More than 6.5 million people are registered to vote North Carolina, up about 30 percent from 10 years ago, state officials said Tuesday.

North Carolina's population increased by 15 percent from 2004 to 2013, according to state estimates.

"Registration is a vital first step towards broader participation in our civic community," Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections, said in a statement.

Roughly nine out of 10 eligible adults in North Carolina are registered to vote, officials said.

The elections board also has seen a recent spike in tampered registration forms.

"We are investigating those behind hundreds of falsified registrations flagged over the past month," Chuck Stuber, chief investigator for the board, said in a statement.

Various groups are wrongly informing voters that there has been a database problem and that they must re-register, officials said, adding that no such problem occurred. Only voters who have moved to a new county since the last election must re-register, they said. According to Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the Board of Elections, voters who move within their county have various options for making sure their registration is correct, the easiest of which is updating their information with their county Board of Election in advance of heading to the polls. 

The deadline to register for the Nov. 4 general election is Oct. 10.

People can check whether their registration is valid on the State Board of Elections website.

Those who need to update their registration can obtain a form online, at county elections offices or Division of Motor Vehicles offices.

The form must be filled out completely in ink and signed, and the original copy must be returned to the local county elections office. It must be delivered or postmarked by the Oct. 10 deadline.

Lawmakers last year eliminated same-day registration during the early voting period, so people who miss the deadline won't be allowed to vote in the general election.

Absentee voting by mail is already underway, and early voting runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1.


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  • Doug Pawlak Sep 25, 2014
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    Same day registration would also have helped some of the 450 North Carolinians who were denied a vote last year because of the new republican voter suppression laws.

  • dollibug Sep 25, 2014

    So how many of these people were DEAD?

  • Pensive01 Sep 25, 2014

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    The main argument against same day registration was that it was open to fraud, which is rather silly as, unlike voting at the time, you DID have to have valid ID in order to register. Of course that begs the question of why a valid ID is good enough to supposedly prevent fraud while voting, when it's not good enough to do the same while registering to vote. I'll just add that the only people who I'm aware of who had complaints about it, were not from people who had used it, but from those who simply didn't want it in the first place. As to there being no good reason for it, the fact that it made it easier to register, which had the effect of bringing more people to the polls thereby increasing voting is in fact a very good reason for it.

  • Terry Watts Sep 25, 2014
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    We have a case going before the US Federal Court, which amounts to huge effort on the parts of a lot of people b/c of the suspicion on some peoples part that there may be fraud in the voting process... Who making mountains here???

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 25, 2014

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    Not at all, same day registration is very taxing on the system and there isn't a good reason for it.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 25, 2014

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    Well, WRAL censors would not permit an accurate reply to his invalid assertion so this is all I could get by them.

    The poster twisted what I said (sort of like the liberal media does) and put his/her own slant on my comments, which by the way were in direct response to the post I quoted and in no way alluded to what the respondent alleged.

  • Pensive01 Sep 25, 2014

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    The fact that same day registration was eliminated is pretty clear evidence that fraud prevention was never the point behind the voter ID legislation in the first place, as anyone who registered to vote, as anyone registering was required by existing law to show valid ID in order to register. So for the GA to pass legislation to require voters to show an ID to vote, then turn right around and get rid of same day registration which already had an ID requirement is simply ludicrous.

  • Tammy Rush Sep 25, 2014
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    ^^ The ironic comment of the day

  • jackaroe123 Sep 25, 2014

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    It never ceases to amaze me how people have demonized the word "liberal." Whatever criticism you could associate w/ liberals, they are also deservingly associated w/ open-mindedness, broad worldviews, and expansion of the rights of others. Why would anyone think it was a bad thing that university educations more often lead to those elements of liberalism?

  • beaupeep Sep 24, 2014

    Well, now that we've passed it, we'll see how much voter fraud is in it, won't we?