The 2020 election was one like no other — the first in modern memory during a deadly pandemic. Election officials had to prepare for record-breaking turnout and adjust for social distancing and changes in how people would cast their ballot. WFAE looks at the numbers to see how much North Carolina’s recent election cost.
North Carolina election officials knew there would be difficulties during the 2020 election, with the pandemic and a historic rise in absentee-by-mail voting. But new data show these obstacles didn’t lead to a higher rate of rejected mail ballots.
By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune Jan 11, 2021
Absentee ballots, which only certain groups of Texans are eligible to use, have traditionally been a tool utilized by the GOP, and in 2016, higher percentages of Republican voters cast absentee ballots than did Democratic voters.
By Steve Harrison and Michael Falero, WFAE Jan 7, 2021
A group of congressional Republicans this week attempted to overturn election results in a handful of states, using baseless claims of fraud surrounding absentee mail ballots. Their efforts did not include North Carolina because President Trump narrowly won the state.
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