(CBS News) RALEIGH, N.C. -- Molly McDonough was among the hundreds of North Carolinians jailed this year for demonstrating inside the statehouse against legislation she fears may prevent her from voting. "Voting is a right, and these laws are encroaching on that right," said McDonough in an interview on the N.C. State campus where she'll begin her sophomore year this fall. McDonough, 18, doesn't have a driver's license or a passport, and her college ID won't be accepted under the voting reform bill passed Thursday along party lines by both houses of the Republican-majority state legislature. McDonough says obtaining documents required to get a state-issued photo ID -- birth certificate, Social Security card, university transcript -- and missing hours at her bookstore job to wait in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles is unfairly expensive, she figures, about $120 in all. "That on a minimum wage takes a lot of time to make back up," McDonough says. "I think requiring people to go … [Read more...] about Voter ID bill raises controversy in North Carolina
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The presidential race heads into the home stretch with Clinton in the lead, but questions linger for both her and for Donald Trump. For Clinton, it is whether she can move historically high unfavorable numbers, and turn that polling lead into actual votes; for Trump, it is whether he can change the minds of enough voters beyond his durable base, and take back key battleground states in which he trails. It is a race in which at least one-third of each candidates’ voters say they’re motivated mostly by opposition to the other candidate, and one-quarter feel they’re merely settling for a choice between candidates they aren’t happy with. It is not so much that voters are undecided between the two – few actually are - but rather that they appear unconvinced by either one. This week, Clinton leads in two new polls of states that Trump needs to win, given his current electoral map: Clinton leads in Pennsylvania fairly comfortably by eight points, 45 percent … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Poll: Clinton leads in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, as email questions linger
Hillary Clinton narrowly leads Donald Trump in North Carolina, according to a Monmouth University survey released Wednesday. The poll found Clinton leads Trump by just 2 percentage points -- 44 percent to 42 percent. Seven percent of likely voters in North Carolina said they support Libertarian Gary Johnson and 1 percent named another candidate. Six percent said they are undecided. Forty-four percent of North Carolina’s independent voters said they back Trump while only 30 percent said they support Clinton. Fifteen percent of independents said they support Johnson. Just over 90 percent of Democrats said they support Clinton for president while 86 percent of Republicans said they back the GOP presidential nominee. The survey found Trump leads Clinton among both white men and white women but is trailing Clinton among white voters with college degrees. As for the state’s Senate race, GOP incumbent Sen. Richard Burr narrowly leads his Democratic challenger, Deborah … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Poll: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in tight race in North Carolina
Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 4:49 PM EDT Hillary Clinton is narrowly leading Donald Trump in the battleground state of North Carolina, according to a survey released by Suffolk University. The poll found Clinton has a slight lead over Trump by 2 percentage points -- 45 percent to 43 percent. Clinton went up 4 percentage points since Suffolk’s survey last month and Trump lost a point. Five percent of likely voters in North Carolina said they support Libertarian Gary Johnson, 5 percent said they’re undecided and 2 percent refused to answer the question about their preference. Another poll, from NBC News, Wall Street Journal and Marist College, found Clinton leading by a slightly larger margin in North Carolina. In that poll, she bests Trump by four points among likely voters, 45 percent to 41 percent, in a contest that includes third-party candidates; in a two-way contest, Clinton leads Trump by 5 points (48 percent to 43 percent). Asked by Suffolk if the Access Hollywood … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Poll: Hillary Clinton narrowly leads Donald Trump in North Carolina
Believe it or not, North Carolina residents have been voting for a month already. In-person early voting starts October 20, but absentee voting is well underway and an early pattern has emerged that doesn’t bode well for Donald Trump, or down-ballot Republicans. Dr. Michael Bitzer, a professor of politics at Catawba College, has been examining the absentee ballot figures from the state election board on a daily basis throughout the election. With a month of data and a month left in the race, Bitzer urged caution, but believes there is a pattern. “It is dangerous trying to read too much into this this early but I think there is definitely a trend and it seems to be that the Republican side does not have the same amount of enthusiasm or grassroots activity as what we have seen in the past,” Bitzer said. To echo Dr. Bitzer, it is important not to jump to any major conclusions based on these early numbers, given the amount of time left in the race and the level of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Could absentee ballots spell trouble for Donald Trump in North Carolina?