Election legislation roundup: North Carolina House of Representatives

As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked eight election-related bills in the North Carolina House of Representatives since the beginning of the year. Of the eight, Ballotpedia tracked four from Feb. 13-19. Republicans sponsored all four bills. The bills are:   

  • NC H27: Elect Thomasville City Bd. of Ed, Reps. Larry Potts (R) and Samuel Watford (R). 
  • As introduced, this bill establishes the Thomasville City Board of Education as an nonpartisan elected board composed of five members with staggered five-year terms.
  • NC H123: Early Voting Constitutional Amendment, Reps. Jennifer Capps Balkcom (R), Mark Brody (R), Celeste Cairns (R), Gregory Chesser (R), George Cleveland (R), Kyle Hall (R), Jonathan Hardister (R), Chris Humphrey (R), Frank Iler (R), Maze Jackson (R), Jake Johnson (R), Keith Kidwell (R), Donnie Loftis (R), Charlie Miller (R), Ben Moss (R), Howard Penny (R), Joseph Pike (R), A. Reece Pyrtle (R), Dennis Riddell (R), Phillip Shepard (R), William Ward (R), Harry Warren (R), Donna White (R), and David Willis (R).
  • As introduced, this bill puts a constitutional amendment on the November 2024 ballot providing that any in-person early voting period authorized by the General Assembly must not be longer than seven consecutive days.
  • NC H99: Wake Co. Bd. of Comm. Elections/Nonpartisan, Rep. Erin Pare (R).
  • As introduced, this bill creates nonpartisan elections for the Wake County Board of Commissioners and specifies that the commissioners shall be elected by district.
  • NC H109: Certain Prohibitions/Working/Voting Process, Reps. Jennifer Capps Balkcom (R), George Cleveland (R), Edward Goodwin (R), Jake Johnson (R), Keith Kidwell (R), Ben Moss (R), Steve Tyson (R), and William Ward (R).
  • As introduced, this bill requires the exercise of due process during the election process and prohibits election workers or officials found to have not exercised due care and diligence during elections-related work from further work in any elections process.

During the week of Feb. 13-19, Ballotpedia tracked 78 election-related bills nationally. As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked 792 House bills this year. Ballotpedia tracked the most House bills this year in the New York State Assembly with 118, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest House bills in Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with zero. Republicans sponsored 355 of these bills, while Democrats sponsored 330. Third party sponsorship and bills with no sponsors accounted for 53 bills, while bipartisan legislators sponsored 54.

As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked 449 House bills in Democratic trifectas and 266 House bills in Republican trifectas. A trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Ballotpedia has tracked 77 House bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The North Carolina House is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 11 to Aug. 31 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked 17 House bills related to election administration. One of these bills passed both chambers, but it was not enacted into law. North Carolina is a divided government, meaning neither party holds trifecta control.

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