Election legislation roundup: North Carolina State Senate

As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked two election-related bills in the North Carolina State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the two, Ballotpedia tracked one from Feb. 13-19. Republicans sponsored the bill. The bill is:   

  • NC S88: Election Day Integrity Act, Sens. Ted Alexander (R), Lisa Barnes (R), Kevin Corbin (R), Warren Daniel (R), Carl Ford (R), Amy Galey (R), Bobby Hanig (R), Ralph Hise (R), Steve Jarvis (R), Matthew Johnson (R), Joyce Krawiec (R), Michael Lazzara (R), Michael Lee (R), Thomas McInnis (R), Tim Moffitt (R), Paul Newton (R), Eldon Newton (R), Bradley Overcash (R), Jim Perry (R), and Eddie Settle (R).
  • Requires each county to report certain information related to absentee ballots each day of one stop early voting.
  • Requires each county board of elections to report certain information related to counting absentee ballots starting on the day after the day of the election.
  • Requires the state board to publish the received reports on the website each day.
  • Requires each county to publish request form deadlines on its website and on materials sent to voters.
  • Changes the deadline for return of absentee ballots from 5pm three days after the election to 7:30pm on the day of the election.

During the week of Feb. 13-19, Ballotpedia tracked 37 Senate election-related bills nationally. As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked 551 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 107, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in Delaware, Louisiana, and Massachusetts with zero. Republicans sponsored 246 of these bills, while Democrats sponsored 242. Third party sponsorship and bills with no sponsors accounted for 47 bills, while bipartisan legislators sponsored 16.

As of Feb. 19, Ballotpedia has tracked 301 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 189 Senate 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 61 Senate bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The North Carolina Senate is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 11 to Aug. 31 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked eight Senate bills related to election administration. Two of these bills passed both chambers and one was enacted into law. North Carolina is a divided government, meaning neither party holds trifecta control.

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