2018 GRNC Candidate Evaluations








This guide estimates where candidates stand on gun issues by comparing their views with those of a control group of gun owners. As noted below, a "4-STAR" candidate agrees with pro-gun voters on at least 90% of gun issues, a 3-STAR agrees on least 80%, a 2-STAR on at least 70%, a 1-STAR on at least 60%, and a 0-STAR candidate agrees on less than 60% of gun issues.


Registering & Voting

Option 1: Register in-person at your county Board of Elections office or mail registration forms to the office by October 12. Forms are available at Board of Elections offices, county libraries, county offices or online at http://www.ncsbe.gov/ by clicking on “Voter Registration,” then “Updating Voter Registration” and then using the link for “North Carolina Voter Registration Application.”

Option 2: You may register at DMV offices or other state agencies which dispense benefits (e.g. DSS, WIC, ESC, etc).


Getting Voter Information

Under the “Web tools” icon on the NCSBE home page at http://www.ncsbe.gov/ you will find links to look up your voter registration, one-stop voting site, election day polling place and provisional ballot. For early voting hours in your county, you may call your Board of Elections.


Important Deadlines for General Election

October 12: Deadline for voter registration is 5 PM.
October 17 at 7 AM: “One-stop” voting begins.
October 30: Applications for absentee ballots must be received by 5 PM.
November 3 at 1 PM: One-stop voting ends.
November 6: Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 5 PM 3 days after Election Day (by mail).
November 6: General election, 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. (If you are in line by 7:30 PM, you can vote.)


Making Your Vote Count

Inform yourself: This guide presents only part of the picture. 
Vote early if possible at your county’s one-stop voting sites; or
Vote on November 6 at your designated polling place between 6:30 AM and 7:30 PM.


Judicial candidates: Because some judicial candidates’ party affiliation may be suspect, it is strongly suggested you familiarize yourself with candidates beforehand by going to: www.JudicialFairnessProject.org


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What Candidate Listings Mean

GRNC's "Remember in November" project estimates candidates' views on "assault weapons," concealed handguns, gun storage laws, gun rationing, other gun control and the Second Amendment.  THE EVALUATIONS HEREIN ARE NOT ENDORSEMENTS.  We issued surveys first to a control group of gun owners and then to candidates. Next, we measured how closely each candidate's views and voting record (if available) agree with the control group.  Pay more attention to voting records than survey results unless, of course, you believe politicians never lie.


Sample Listing:

Name      Par/Dis   Survey   Vote   Other   Eval
Smith  J   R-15     95           92       95       ****

“PAR/DIS”: Candidate’s party and district. “D”=Democrat, “L”=Libertarian, “R”=Republican. Number is district number. Example: “J Smith,” above is a Republican from the 15th District.

"SURVEY": The percentages listed depict agreement between a given candidate and our control group (e.g. an "80" under the "Survey" section means 80% of the candidate's answers agreed with the Conservative Gun Owners).  “NR” means the candidate failed to return the survey.

"VOTE": Votes are more accurate than surveys and should be given more attention in determining candidate stance. Where available, this column indicates how often candidates' votes agree with the control group of gun owners (e.g. a "90" under "Voting Record" indicates candidate's voting record agrees 90% of the time with what was desired by control group).

"OTHER": Derived from evaluations by other gun groups, bill sponsorship, etc.

"EVAL": The evaluation is not a rating. It estimates percentage of time candidate is expected to agree with the Conservative Gun Owners.  The maximum **** candidate tends to agree with conservative gun owners at least 90% of the time.

**** Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 90% of gun issues
***  Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 80% of gun issues
**  Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 70% of gun issues
Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 60% of gun issues
0  Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on less than 60% of gun issues or else candidate failed to return survey & insufficient information exists to make evaluation.  Is he or she hiding something?