#2020 Election

Lilly Knoepp/BPR News

 

12:00 AM – Wednesday November 4, 2020

While many races in North Carolina - including the presidency - seem too close to call, North Carolinians can hold onto their reputation of a battleground state. Republicans won big in Western North Carolina as reported by BPR's Lilly Knoepp and Cory Vaillancourt was on hand to cover the #NC11 win by Madison Cawthron.  

Lilly Knoepp

More than 4.5 million North Carolinians already have voted  - either in person during early voting or by mail.  That’s more than 95% of all the N.C. voters who cast ballots in 2016. Across BPR’s listening area, more than 50% of registered voters in every county have cast ballots.                                                                                  The BPR news team has been visiting polling sites, talking with voters about what issues are driving them to the polls this year. 

Civil discourse may be missing this election season, but it’s not entirely gone. In Henderson County, the local League of Women Voters created a voter education video contest to inspire high school students. BPR’s Helen Chickering met up with the producer of the winning video - a first time voter with a compelling case for civil conversation and civic engagement.

Lilly Knoepp

Voters on North Carolina college campuses played a huge role in the 2018 election.  Democrats broke the legislature’s Republican super-majority by winning two districts that included two of the largest campuses in the state. BPR digs into how those students are voting this year:

Unlike many other UNC System schools Western Carolina University is still holding some in-person classes. That means students can also vote in-person at an on-campus polling place in Jackson County.

“I’m 18, finally. So it’s nice that I can vote.”

Nate Hadley/WCJ

More than 1 million North Carolinians have voted during the first five days of early voting in the state.  That’s more than 14 percent of all registered voters in the state.

BPR checked in on the early voting site on campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee:

Cory Vaillancourt

North Carolina House of Representative’s District 119 is one of the most competitive races in the state.  It’s also the most familiar race to voters in the three western counties that make up the district. 

The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted legislation to ease absentee-by-mail voting this year and to make polls safer for in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.