New data from the State Board of Elections (and conveniently distributed by Gerry Cohen) shows that overall early voting hours have nearly doubled since 2010, the last election before Republicans took their majority.
Even compared with 2016 and 2012 — presidential election years that usually have more early voting hours — the 2018 plan goes far above and beyond.
Opponents claimed that the new law would force mass numbers of site closures and dramatically limited weekend voting hours. That clearly didn’t happen.
A Proud Record of Service to the High Country
JEFFERSON, NC: On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Republican Jonathan C. Jordan filed his application for a fifth term as the NC House Representative for District 93, which includes all of Ashe and Watauga Counties.
A local attorney, Jordan has been a strong advocate for all the citizens of the district during his time in office. During this past session he served as Chair of House Judiciary III Committee, Chair of the House Committee on Education – Universities, and Chair of the House Committee on Homelessness, Foster Care, and Dependency. He was also named by the Speaker of the House to serve another term as Chair of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, which reviews state regulatory rulemaking.
“I am once again reapplying for the job of State Representative for the High Country based on my record, and I am pleased to compare my record to any challenger,” Jordan stated. “For example, I am proud that under our legislative leadership North Carolina has reduced the sales tax, income tax, and corporate tax rates imposed on North Carolina families and businesses, helping propel our state into the top ranks of economic success across the nation.”
“And please don’t believe the perennial negatives thrown at our legislative record regarding education funding: Funding for public education has increased by nearly $2 billion since 2011. Average teacher pay has increased by approximately 13 percent, with starting teachers making more than ever before, and other ranks receiving well-deserved increases and bonuses,” Rep. Jordan stated.
House Speaker Tim Moore strongly supports Rep. Jordan’s re-election bid. “Jonathan Jordan is one of the most dedicated and hardest working members of the House of Representatives. He works tirelessly to improve the lives of the families and small businesses of his district while protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” Speaker Moore stated. “I look forward to his re-election and continuing to work with him to keep our State on the path to prosperity for all.”
During the past Long Session, six bills on which Rep. Jordan was primary sponsor passed into law, with another 12 passing the House and eligible in the Senate this upcoming Short Session. Two of the most important passing into law include H527: Preserve & Restore Campus Free Speech, which will impact Appalachian State University, and H384: Increase Penalties/Organized Retail Theft, which will provide additional protections to all retail job-creators in our community, small and large.
“I have tried to focus on issues that were important to our local area as well as to the state as a whole, and to champion many whose voices arenʼt often heard,” said Rep. Jordan.
Rep. Jordan was recognized as a “2015 Legislative Champion” by the anti-drunk driving group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one of only 70 lawmakers nationwide, and only five in North Carolina, working across party lines with current House Democrat Leader Darren Jackson and now Attorney General Josh Stein. “While we cannot prevent every death and injury on our roads and highways, those caused by driving while impaired can be prevented. Our citizens can be safer. Requiring interlocks for all offenders will do something that our current efforts cannot – keep impaired drivers from operating vehicles,” said Rep. Jordan. He was also recognized as a “2013 Legislative Champion” by MADD.
Rep. Jordan has also been recognized for many years by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his support of the ideals articulated in the US Constitution: limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility, and a healthy culture. Rep. Jordan has maintained this conservative standing since the ACU first began rating state legislators in 2011.
Finally, Rep. Jordan is well known for his support of law enforcement and small business. He has been endorsed for most of his time in office by the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nationʼs largest alliance of small businesses.
Jordan practices law in the High Country serving our citizens with a primary focus on real estate, wills and trusts, and estate administration. He has also served as a Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate, representing abused and neglected children in Department of Social Services cases. Jordan previously served on the board of the Ashe County Home Builders Association, the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, and the Ashe County Pregnancy Care Center. His office is located in Jefferson and his children attend the Ashe County Public Schools.