The Improvement Association

The Improvement Association

Serial Productions & The New York Times

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.

Categories: Society & Culture

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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 future.

Previous episodes

  • 6 - Chapter Five: ‘Democrat, Republican, White, Black, Green’ 
    Tue, 27 Apr 2021
  • 5 - Chapter Four: ‘Let Them Pull the Red Wagon’ 
    Thu, 22 Apr 2021
  • 4 - Chapter Three: ‘The Ballad of the Nursing Home Ballots’ 
    Tue, 20 Apr 2021
  • 3 - Chapter Two: ‘Where Is Your Choice?’ 
    Thu, 15 Apr 2021
  • 2 - Chapter One: ‘The Big Shadoo’ 
    Tue, 13 Apr 2021
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