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The Improvement Association
For at least a decade, allegations of cheating have swirled around elections in rural Bladen County, N.C. Some people in town point fingers at a Black advocacy group, the Bladen County Improvement Association, accusing it of bullying voters, tampering with ballots and stealing votes outright. These accusations have never been substantiated, but they persist. Reporter Zoe Chace went to Bladen County to investigate what’s really going on. From the makers of Serial and The New York Times, a five-part series about allegations of election fraud — and the powerful forces that fuel them.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 1,590 ratings
Takes you to unexepcted places
Just when you think you know the story, this podcast reveals the deeper meaning impact of election fraud. Great story telling.
BlueJ516 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/22/21
Absolutely wonderful podcast. I was hooked from the moment I heard the trailer. Wonderful job.
kittyxten via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/21
Extremely well done. Nuanced and balanced. Well researched. Worth it to just hear the unique way Zoe says “vote.”
theaudball via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/21
Recent Episodes
The Improvement Association PAC’s power in the county is threatened when an unlikely candidate enters the race for county commissioner. Plenty of people outside the PAC now have their own ideas about how to build Black political power here. Zoe examines what this election could mean for the PAC’s...
Published 04/27/21
With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member turns against the leadership. Nevertheless, Horace and his closest allies make a bold move by supporting a political upset at the center of the county.
Published 04/22/21
Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people that goes back 10 years. In trying to track down the veracity of this particularly persistent rumor, she comes to understand how and why election...
Published 04/20/21
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