The North Carolina legislature finally got around to shoring up their elections ahead of 2024. They passed multiple bills that will prevent the sort of cheating that we saw in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia in 2020.
The Democrat Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, vetoed all of those bills, claiming they were based on conspiracies and Trump’s “Big Lie.” We got some good news this week when Republicans in the North Carolina House and Senate overrode Cooper’s vetoes.
Before we get to the meat of the new election integrity laws in North Carolina, you might be wondering why we should worry about elections there? Isn’t North Carolina a reliably red state?
Sure, it is. But we need to be shoring up our elections in all 50 states, not just the ones they stole in 2020. We have no reason to believe that the Democrats didn’t try to cheat in all 50 states in 2020, which they probably did.
We decided to compare the 2016 and 2020 results in North Carolina, and there’s something weird about it.
In 2016, there were 4.7 million votes cast in North Carolina. Trump beat Crooked Hillary that year by 173,315 votes.
In 2020, there were 5.4 million votes cast in North Carolina. Trump only beat Joe Biden by 74,483 votes that year.
Trump’s vote total in 2020 increased by about 400,000 over his 2016 total. Yet somehow, Joe Biden’s 2020 vote total increased by about 500,000 over Hillary’s 2016 vote total.
Something weird happened in North Carolina. Trump only beat Joe “No, Please, Daddy, Not in the Shower” Biden by a razor-thin margin in a red state? North Carolina is not a purple state. There’s no way the race could have been that close.
Anyway, things should be back to normal in 2024, now that the legislature has overridden the vetoes from Gov. Roy Cooper.
One major change in North Carolina going forward is that state election boards are no longer in the control of the Governor’s party. The boards will now be under the control of a group split equally between Republicans and Democrats, instead of boards entirely under Roy Cooper. Gov. Cooper says that this bill poses a “threat to democracy,” since he can’t be entirely in control of the election boards by himself.
The legislature also overrode Cooper’s veto on a bill that puts a time limit on how long absentee ballots can be accepted after the polls close. It’s absurd that states like Pennsylvania and Arizona changed their rules at the last second to accept absentee ballots a week after the 2020 election. Apparently, the same thing has been happening in North Carolina—until now.
Another rule where Cooper’s veto was overridden now allows election observers to listen to voters when they complain to an election clerk and take notes—like if the voter has a problem with the machines, their ballot, or some other issue. Democrats really freaked out about that provision, for some reason.
The ACLU and the NAACP issued a statement calling this “an opportunity for voter intimidation and suppression, reminiscent of Reconstruction-era tactics by the Ku Klux Klan.”
Huh? The KKK? Really? The more they hyperventilate against a new law like that, the more you realize that it was probably necessary.
Finally, the North Carolina legislature overrode Cooper’s veto of a bill that prohibits outside material or monetary gifts to clerk’s offices in North Carolina. That’s a biggie.
Mark Zuckerberg basically took over the 2020 election in Wisconsin. His employees actually administered the election in five of Wisconsin’s largest cities—not the clerks who were employed to do it. Zuckerberg also spent his own money to purchase ballot drop boxes, which have now been declared illegal by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Zuckerberg can’t even legally drop off a sandwich at any state election board in North Carolina, going forward. Neither can George Soros or any other leftwing group. No more “gifts” are allowed.
Now that these election integrity measures have been put in place, despite Gov. Cooper’s efforts to stop them, it will be interesting to check North Carolina’s 2024 election results. If Donald Trump wins by a sizeable margin, well above the 2020 results, it will tell us that the legislature absolutely did the right thing.