Election legislation roundup: North Carolina State Senate

As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 11 election-related bills in the North Carolina State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the 11, Ballotpedia tracked four from April 3-9. Democrats and Republicans sponsored two each. The four bills are:   

  • NC S642: Independent Redistricting Commission, Sens. Valencia Applewhite (D), Rachel Hunt (D), Natasha Marcus (D), Graig Meyer (D), Mujtaba Mohammed (D), Natalie Murdock (D), DeAndrea Salvador (D), and Kandie Smith (D).
    • A summary has not been provided yet.
  • NC S416: Popular Election, Sens. Valencia Applewhite (D), Natasha Marcus (D), Graig Meyer (D), Natalie Murdock (D), Kandie Smith (D), and Joyce Waddell (D).
    • As introduced, this bill enters North Carolina into agreement with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
  • NC S630: Constitutional Amendment/Citizens-Only Voting, Sens. Ted Alexander (R), Warren Daniel (R), Amy Galey (R), Bobby Hanig (R), Matthew Johnson (R), Joyce Krawiec (R), Thomas McInnis (R), Tim Moffitt (R), Eldon Newton (R), Paul Newton (R), Bradley Overcash (R), Norman Sanderson (R), Benton Sawrey (R), Vickie Sawyer (R), and Eddie Settle (R).
    • As introduced, this bill would allow only United States citizens to vote.
  • NC S265: Increase Municipal Election Participation Act, Sen. Tim Moffitt (R).
    • A summary has not been provided yet.

During the week of April 3-9, Ballotpedia tracked 41 Senate election-related bills nationally. As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 921 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 136, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in the Massachusetts State Senate with zero.

As of April 9, Ballotpedia has tracked 417 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 388 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 116 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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