|NORTH CAROLINA||14 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina State Board of Elections)
White 4,082,850 (78.7%) Black 988,134 (19.1%) Am. Ind. 42,631 (0.8%) Other 70,270 (1.4%)
North Carolina has: 100 counties.
Five largest counties: Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland.
Five largest cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham.
of North Carolina
State Board of Elections
In 1999, the NC General Assembly passed legislation to allow in-person, no-excuse absentee voting. A voter could vote at any designated Absentee One-Stop voting site in his or her county from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3, 2000. 393,152 people did so. In addition there were 72,447 civilian absentee by mail votes and 3,766 military absentee returns.
North Carolina, which went Republican by a very narrow margin in 1992, and a close but wider margin in 1996, went solidly into the GOP column in 2000, as Bush-Cheney secured a plurality of 373,471 votes (12.83 percentage points). Bush carried 75 counties to 25 for Gore. Bush won every county in the western part of the state and all the counties along the coast; Gore carried a cluster of 8 counties in the SE and another cluster of 17 counties in the NE. North Carolina did not see much activity at the presidential level, with the exception of the second presidential debate, held on Oct. 11 at Wake Forest University.
General Election Activity
|Notes: North Carolina's onerous ballot access requirements -- 51,324 signatures by May 17, 2000 -- resulted in a limited range of choices for the state's voters. After the Nader campaign fell short, it went to court seeking an injunction to put him on the ballot. U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt turned down their request (Aug. 9 ruling), and an appeal to the 4th Circuit likewise proved unsuccessful (Sept. 15).|
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2001 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.