Andy Jackson

Director of the Civitas Center for Public Integrity | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Andy Jackson (page 2)

  • What is actually in the so-called “voter suppression” bills

    There has been a lot of (often heated) discussion around three election-related bills that are advancing. If we are going to talk about these bills, it behooves us to know what is actually in them. Here we go. S326: Election Day Integrity Act. Section 1 moves…
    Andy Jackson, June 16, 2021
  • Testimony in Favor of Bill Returning Absentee Ballot Deadline to Election Day

    I spoke today at the General Assembly in favor of S326, entitled “Election Day Integrity Act.” The bill would return the deadline for county boards of election to receive absentee-by-mail ballots to 5:00 PM on election day. The deadline over the past decade has been three…
    Andy Jackson, June 9, 2021
  • Testimony in Favor of Bill Banning “Zuck Bucks”

    I spoke today at the General Assembly in favor of S725, entitled “Prohibit Private Money in Elections Admin.” The bill would ban the State Board of Elections and county boards of elections from accepting so-called “Zuck Bucks” from private groups. Much of the money…
    Andy Jackson, June 9, 2021
  • How the General Assembly Can Make Redistricting Lawsuits Less Likely to Succeed

    Lawsuits have overturned numerous legislative maps in North Carolina over the past several decades. The most recent example was a pair of lawsuits, Common Cause v. Lewis and Harper v. Lewis, which invalided state legislative and congressional districts in 2019, just ahead of the 2020 elections. Just as…
    Andy Jackson, May 19, 2021
  • How Many Election Observers Should be Allowed at Polling Places? There are Three Competing Answers

    I wrote on May 4 how the NC State Board of Elections (SBE) is, contrary to state law, trying to make our elections process less transparent by limiting the number of election observers: For that reason, it is dismaying that the SBE is seeking to change…
    Andy Jackson, May 11, 2021
  • N&O misses point on absentee ballot reform bill, sticks with “Orange Man Bad”

    The General Assembly House Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform Committee met yesterday to consider several bills. While the committee approved most of the bills with little discussion, a couple generated a bit of heated conversation before being they ultimately passed them by voice vote.
    Andy Jackson, May 6, 2021
  • As state board moves to suppress election observers, legislators move to protect them

    Earlier this week, I wrote about how the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) was seeking to suppress the number of election observers to two per day per party, a move that would make elections less transparent and which is contrary to state law: A…
    Andy Jackson, May 6, 2021
  • Election professionals agree with the public, support voter ID

    Voter ID laws have long been popular with the general public. It turns out that  local election officials also support voter ID: Among reform policies, requiring the use of photo identification stands out; it is supported most strongly by local election officials…
    Andy Jackson, May 3, 2021