The biggest story in N.C. politics is one that no one is talking about — but it could change the course of the 2020 election and the future of American democracy.
Under Article 2 of the Constitution, state legislatures have the express power to choose which electors vote for President of the United States. In a state with an overwhelming Republican majority in the legislature and a governor with diminished veto power, North Carolina is a swing state with the power to steal an election. And in 2020, state Republicans have begun the rhetoric to do so.
Last week, both Republican members of the N.C. State Board of Elections resigned, after they unanimously approved a measure allowing voters to fix, or “cure,” absentee ballots with missing information.
Both resignations were involuntary, pressured by state Republican leaders who claim the process to fix incorrect absentee ballots is susceptible to fraud. In their resignation letters, the ex-NCSBE members said they were misled into approving the ballot process. However, released documents from the NCSBE showed the members were fully aware of all information before casting their vote.
Republicans have no evidence in their assertion of fraud, just a base that will believe their rhetoric regardless. It mirrors the president’s own strategy for November, a dystopian display of the NCGOP’s loyalty to Trump over the republic.