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2020 North Carolina Election

Last Day to Register to Vote: October 9 online, by mail (postmarked by October 9), and in-person

Early In-Person Voting: Begins October 15; ends October 31

Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot: October 27

Excuse to Vote By Mail? None needed

Voter ID Required? No


CAL CUNNINGHAM (D), Challenger

A veteran of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, this former state senator pledges to work to protect and expand access to health care — including the Affordable Care Act and safe, legal abortion.

In the Senate, I’ll defend a woman’s right to choose.

Cal Cunningham, Oct. 4, 2019

Source: Twitter

  • Cunningham spoke out against the Trump-Pence administration’s unethical Title X gag rule, which has forced Planned Parenthood health centers and other health care providers from the nation's only dedicated program that provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes. “I stand with Planned Parenthood,” said Cunningham in 2019.  

  • Cunningham opposes efforts to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion. 

  • Cunningham supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which helped hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians gain access to health coverage. “In the Senate,” Cunningham says, “I will fight every day to protect the ACA & make sure we build upon it.”

THOM TILLIS (R), Incumbent

Tillis opposes safe, legal access to abortion — and when he was a state legislator, even tried to sneak medically unnecessary abortion restrictions into law by amending a state motorcycle-safety bill.

Voted to advance legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. #DefundPP

Thom Tillis, Aug. 3, 2015

Source: Twitter

Strident advocacy of anti-abortion legislation has been a mainstay of Tillis’s political career. In the Senate, he has urged Republican colleagues to “preserve all long-standing pro-life and religious freedom protections” in federal spending bills, and sponsored legislation that amplifies false, medically groundless claims that demonize people who seek abortion late in pregnancy due to challenging circumstances. Early in 2020, Tillis even signed a legal brief that asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.

Before joining the Senate in 2015, Tillis served as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. In that role, he helped put a statewide constitutional ban on marriage equality on the ballot. He also played a central role in a notorious 2013 attempt to use a motorcycle-safety bill to force medically unnecessary — and heavily unpopular — abortion restrictions into state law without public scrutiny.