Wednesday News: Ahead of the game

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2.1 MILLION VOTES CAST SO FAR IN NORTH CAROLINA: With two weeks to go until Election Day, more than a quarter of all voters in North Carolina have already cast their ballots. More than 1.4 million people have cast early, in-person votes since last Thursday, and elections officials statewide have accepted another 658,000 absentee ballots that have been mailed in, according to the State Board of Elections. The combined total of nearly 2.1 million is 28.4 percent of the state's 7.3 million registered voters. With so many votes coming in before Election Day, North Carolina will be far ahead of other states on what could be a long election night. State law allows absentee ballots cast both by mail and in person to be approved over the course of five weeks at each county’s elections board meetings. Those ballots are scanned into a tabulator and recorded, but the vote totals aren't counted up.
https://www.wral.com/nc-will-be-ahead-of-curve-on-tallying-votes-on-election-night/19345797/

Tuesday News: 10,000 and counting...

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COUNTY ELECTION BOARDS CAN RESUME CURING PROCESS FOR REJECTED BALLOTS: Under the rules issued Sunday, voters’ ballots can be fixed if the voter did not sign the voter certification, the voter signed in the wrong place, the witness or assistant did not print their name, the witness or assistant did not print their address or the witness or assistant signed on the wrong line. But the county boards were ordered to destroy the ballot and issue the voter a new ballot if the witness or assistant did not sign, the envelope arrived at the county office unsealed or the envelope indicates the voter is requesting a replacement ballot. If a document to fix the ballot, or a new ballot, needs to be issued to the voter the county boards are mandated to contact the voter within one business day.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246556923.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Give it a listen, it's short and to the point. Barrett avoided/evaded more questions than she answered, and that should frighten everybody.

Innovation over Misinformation: Trusting in Science to Combat COVID-19

Over the last seven months, we have seen an alarming amount of misinformation spread online and worst by our elected officials as we battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Online, we see conspiracy videos like Plandemic. The original post received millions of views and was shared over 140,000 times. In total, it is estimated that the video through various outlets and reposts received over eight million views. The Plandemic is a misleading short film full of schemes about people profiting from the virus and misinformation about how individuals can protect themselves.

The political death of Dan Forest

As Dan Forest's polling numbers continue to collapse, the stink of desperation is setting in. Cooper leads Forest 52% to 39%, with the gap increasing every time a new poll comes out. It ain't over till it's over and anything can still happen, but I'm cautiously optimistic that our great governor will come out on top.

Trump campaign is really worried about North Carolina

Because huge voter turnout is frightening, apparently:

Internally, the Trump campaign is increasingly worried that the president's chances of winning North Carolina, a state the team has heavily invested in and views as essential for Trump's path to victory, has all but evaporated. The campaign had viewed the state as "super safe" as recently as just a few weeks ago, sources told ABC News.

Advisers now fear that, because the state counts and reports both day-of and mail-in votes together on election night, losing North Carolina could be a clear white flag.

In other words, counting all the votes is a bad sign for them. As the stink of desperation settles over the Trump family, they are showing up in NC daily. Donald Jr today, Ivanka tomorrow, and the Orange Satan himself on Wednesday:

Monday News: Three thousand, nine hundred thirty four

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NORTH CAROLINA APPROACHES A QUARTER OF A MILLION INFECTIONS: At least 246,028 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,934 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,303 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,102 the day before. Five coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. At least 1,129 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down 11 people compared to Saturday. Phase 3 of reopening is set to expire on Oct. 23, but Gov. Roy Cooper has not yet said whether he plans to extend the phase or if he will tighten rules to restrict the spread of the virus.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246544113.html

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