Carter Center Initiative to Restore Trust in the US Election System – Democracy Under Siege
“Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat; and former Judge Bob Orr, a one-time Republican whose recent political efforts have been largely in opposition to his former party, are leading an initiative to increase trust in North Carolina’s elections infrastructure. The initiative is sponsored by the Carter Center, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 501(c)3, which focuses on promoting peace and democracy across the world.
Advancing Transparency, Building Trust
Public confidence in the electoral process is critical to ensuring that people participate in elections and accept the results. From our experience observing over 110 elections in 39 countries, we know that public information and transparency—the ability of citizens to “see into” and understand the legal and administrative mechanics of the election—are key to bolstering trust.
Since 2020, The Carter Center has been working to support elections at home by providing objective information about the election process and advancing good practices in transparency. The Center is also encouraging support for democratic norms by building bipartisan, grassroots networks of civic and business leaders in four key states.
Our efforts have expanded in 2022 and will continue to grow in the run-up to 2024, as we work to strengthen trust in the U.S. electoral process by providing information to voters, encouraging the U.S. to meet international election standards, promoting nonpartisan citizen observation, and working to mitigate possible electoral
Carolyn J. Thompson – Candidate for NC Appeals Court Judge – Seat 8
Law Offices of Carolyn Thompson, PC, Attorney (2019 – Present)
9th Judicial District, Resident Superior Court Judge (Gubernatorial Appointment) (2018)
9th Judicial District, District Court Judge (2009 – 2018)
Law Offices of Carolyn J. Yancey, PA, Attorney (1996 – 2008)
Bachelor’s, Hampton University, Hampton, Sociology and Criminal Justice (1990)
Judge Gale Adams – Candidate for NC Appeals Court Judge – Seat 10
- North Carolina Superior Court, Judge – District 12B, Seat 1 (2012 – Present)
- Assistant Federal Public Defender (1992 – 2012)
Assistant District Attorney (1988 – 1992)
US Navy, Judge Advocate General
EDUCATION JD, North Carolina Central University (1984)
Bachelor’s, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English and Economics (1981)
Lucy Inman, a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, is a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2022. Judge Inman was elected statewide to the Court of Appeals in 2014.
Judge Inman was raised in Raleigh by parents who taught her the value of hard work and respect for people of all races, faiths, and walks of life. She graduated from Sanderson High School and earned a degree in English from N.C. State University.
More information on this link.
Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat; and former Judge Bob Orr, a one-time Republican whose recent political efforts have been largely in opposition to his former party, are leading an initiative to increase trust in North Carolina’s elections infrastructure. The initiative kicks off this week and is sponsored by the Carter Center, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 501(c)3, which focuses on promoting peace and democracy across the world.
More information on this link.
Judge Orr interviews Candidates for NC Appeals Judge seats, the candidates are Judges Donna Straud and Darren Jackson. The interview was conducted on September 26, 2022.
This interview is in two parts, with Judge Jackson on the first half and Chief Judge Donna Stroud in the second half.
Dr. Chris Cooper conducts a candidate forum with Democratic Candidate Billy Martin.
Q1. Please tell us about your personal experiences with nonprofits. These may include experiences with any organizations that have served you and/or fellow residents of your community, or specific nonprofits for which you’ve served as a board member, staff person, volunteer, or donor.
WPVM 103.7 presents an interview with Justice Samuel J. Ervin IV, moderated by Justice Robert Orr, Retired. The interview happened on September 12, 2022 at WPVM studio. Justice Ervin’s campaign page is on this link.
Topics discussed are:
- Justice Ervin’s background and family history
- Justice on Supreme Court responsibilities
- NC Supreme Court Candidate campaign.
Justice Lucy Inman is scheduled to be interviewed on Sept. 19, 2022, at 2:00 PM on WPVM.
NC House Districts 114, 115 & 116 Candidate Forum
Dr. Chris Cooper, moderates a forum with Eric Ager, Lindsey Prather, Mollie Rose and Caleb Rudow on Sept. 14, 2022.
Topics discussed are:
- Medicaid expansion, HCA issues?
- Voting rights and voting security, and what should the General assembly’s role should be in voting rights?
- Does Western NC get the attention it deserves from Raleigh?
- What can the general assembly do to keep good teachers in NC?
Republican District 11 Debate - Judge Robert Orr Moderating
WPVM hosts a Republican Candidate Debate on April 11, 2022. Republican Candidates participating were; Wendy Nevarez, Michelle Woodhouse, Rod Honeycutt, and Bruce O’Connell. Judge Robert Orr (NC Supreme Court – retired) moderated the debate.
Democrat Forum for Dist 11. Dr. Chris Cooper Moderating
Dr Chris Cooper moderates a candidate forum with Democrats, Bo Hess, Jasmine Beach Ferrara, Jay Carey, and Katie Dean. The forum happened on April 18, 2022.
NC Dist 11 Candidate Col. (Ret) Rod Honeycutt (Republican)
Judge Robert Orr joins WPVM to discuss the recent Section 3 of the 14th Amendment that challenges Madison Cawthorn’s eligibility to run for office in District 11.
Republican Candidate for Dist. 11 Bruce O’Connell interview in WPVM, he talk about his contract for District 11.
Josh Remillard – Democratic District 11 Candidate
District 11 Candidate Forum in Marshall, NC 7-29-21
Katie Dean- District 11 Democratic Candidate
Wendy Nevarez – District 11 Republican Candidate
Jay Carey – Dist 11 Democratic Candidate
District 11 Candidate Bo Hess
District 11 Candidate Forum.
Streamed live on Oct 21, 2020 Featuring comments and video clips on Madison Cawthorn and live comments from Col. Morris Davis Madison Cawthorn declined the invitation.
Asheville City Council Candidates at Ferguson Auditorium on Feb. 5, 2020. Assorted questions from the community are presented to the candidates.