We interrupt our county-by-county coverage of NC's contending Early Voting plans for a brief explainer regarding why you should care about this arcane inside-baseball topic.
By law, NC's process for planning its Early Voting is a hyper-partisan crazy-quilt....
Each of the state's 100 counties has its own semi-independent County Board of Elections (CBOE), comprising 2 Democratic and 2 Republican political appointees. These boards' single most important responsibility is to plan their counties' early voting for each election.
A co's "Early Voting Plan" specifies: (1) how many voting sites; (2) where they're located; and (3) their open days & hrs. Plenty of oppty here to bake in #VoterSuppression by keeping polls out of disfavored neighborhoods, or closed during convenient voting hrs & days.
So, every 2 years, each CBOE's Rep & Dem appointees fight like weasels & lions to adopt the plan they favor - except when, too often, Dems appoint weak go-along-get-along board members as a sinecure for party good ol' boys.
Adopting a county plan requires the unanimous vote of all the board's Dems + Reps. When that fails, the opposing sides submit their own plans to the State Bd of Elections, which chooses one plan (often w/ modifications) in its own hyper-partisan process in early August.
This year there were 15 non-unanimous counties in NC. Their opposing plans can be found here: dl.ncsbe.gov/index.html?pre… (Dare Co's submission is still in process). These are the plans we're analyzing in our ongoing tweet-storm.
Final note: if you attend the @NCSBE meeting in person on Aug 5, please be respectful & quiet. This is a quasi-judicial body and the board can & will clear the gallery if attendees get out of hand. Don't do that, b/c sunshine is the best disinfectant.