Voting machines in North Carolina

Here is an excerpt from a press release from the NC State Board of Elections:

State Board Postpones Decision on New Voting Systems 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to certify three new voting systems for use in North Carolina elections.

Instead, the five-member State Board voted unanimously to require each vendor, by noon on June 21, to disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5 percent or greater interest or share in the company, any subsidiary companies and the vendor’s parent company.

The three vendors and systems under consideration for certification are:

  • Clear Ballot: ClearVote 1.4
  • Election Systems & Software (ES&S): EVS 5.2.2.0
  • Hart InterCivic: Verity Voting 2.2

The approval of new voting systems would empower the 100 county boards of elections to choose what equipment best serves their voters in 2020 and beyond. New systems would give the counties options when replacing aging voting machines, some of which are more than a decade old.

Even if ultimately certified, the voting systems vendors and the state and county boards of elections still must comply with many requirements of the law and North Carolina’s Voting Systems Certification Program before any county boards may purchase the equipment.

For voters, public demonstrations of any new voting equipment would be held in various locations in the coming months. Information about each voting system also will be available on the State Board website.

Currently, ES&S is the only certified voting systems vendor in North Carolina. Its products have been used in all North Carolina elections in recent years. They include the DS200 and M100 precinct tabulators, which read and tabulate paper ballots, as well as the iVotronic, a touch-screen, direct-record-electronic (DRE) machine used on Election Day in about 20 counties. (See North Carolina Voting Systems Map.)

Under current state law, DREs will be decertified in North Carolina on December 1, 2019, in favor of paper ballots or voting equipment that produces paper ballots for all voters.

In late July 2018, the State Board hosted a public demonstration of the voting systems. A public comment period was held from July 27 to August 10, 2018. Public comments are available here.


NCGOP 2019 Convention

This past weekend (June 7 - 8) over 1,300 Republican convention delegates met in Concord, North Carolina for our annual convention. As this was an odd-numbered year, one of the main business items was electing a new North Carolina party chair and vice chair.

Please congratulate Michael Whatley as our new Chair, and Miriam Chu elected as our new Vice Chair! We look forward to their leadership and to working with both of them for the next two years.


Voter Identification Seminar

Voters in the 2020 elections will be required to provide identification for that election.

What kind of ID? What is acceptable or not acceptable as identification? 

The North Carolina board of elections and the Chatham County board of elections are hosting a Voter ID Seminar on May 20 in Pittsboro. We encourage all interested voters to attend this seminar (note - this is a seminar, not a debate on the pros or cons of Voter ID, so please come and listen).

Here is a link to the seminar information.


Congratulations Andy Wilkie!

Congratulations to Andy Wilkie who was approved on May 6 as a Chatham County Commissioner to replace Walter Petty. We look forward to Andy's service to the county on the Board. He will be sworn in at the May 20 commissioners meeting.

Andy Wilkie

And thank-you to the Chatham County board of commissioners for approving the recommendation of Mr. Wilkie by the Chatham County Republican Party. 

Commissioner Recommendation

As you probably know by now, Commissioner Petty announced his resignation from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners effective the end of April 2019. The residents of District 5 along with the entire county will miss his calm and steady leadership.

North Carolina Law 153A-27 requires that the remaining Board of Commissioners members must 'consult' with the appropriate political party for a replacement. However, the remaining Commissioners have no obligation to take that recommendation.

On April 29 the Chatham Co GOP Executive Committee submitted Mr. Ernie Andrew Wilkie as our recommended replacement.

The below information was sent to the Board of Commissioners regarding Andy Wilkie's background.  The Chatham County Republican Party respectfully urges the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to confirm Mr. Wilkie as the replacement for Commissioner Petty.


Mr. Wilkie is a Chatham County native and a graduate of Chatham Central High School. He served six years as a paratrooper in the Army Reserves at Fort Bragg before earning a Social Science degree from Appalachian State University. After college graduation, Mr. Wilkie was a Head Start health coordinator for several counties in North Carolina.

While the owner and operator of a Sanford business for 34 years, he created Project Help, a non-profit serving the homeless in Sanford. In addition, to honor a classmate killed in war, Mr. Wilkie created a scholarship fund for high school seniors that continues to award funds annually to four Chatham Central graduates.

A member of the American Legion, Mr. Wilkie has also been a member of the Lions Club, the Chatham County Historical Association, and the Chatham Arts Council.


Chair's Corner Blog

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