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“North Carolinians, Your Votes Matter”: Local and Statewide Organizations Network to Ensure Every Vote Counts

By Alanna Joyner / October 29, 2020

Progress NC, Partners Spotlight Nonpartisan Events Around NC, including ‘Trick or Vote’ in the Triangle, Encouraging Every Voter to Cast Ballot. A collaborative network of election-focused groups around North Carolina is helping not only to drive record-breaking turnout but to ensure that voting remains orderly and that every vote is counted. This network of both…

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Nearly 1.5 million in North Carolina already cast ballots

By Alanna Joyner / October 20, 2020

With record-breaking voter turnout stretching from North Carolina to Texas, one thing is clear; Democracy is winning and Republicans’ voter suppression efforts are losing.  According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 1.5 million North Carolinians cast their ballots in the first three days of early voting. In addition to early votes…

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NC Republicans are more focused on blocking votes than winning them

By Alanna Joyner / October 20, 2020

North Carolina’s top Republican lawmakers have been doing all they can to oppose common-sense measures intended to help voters address potential issues and making sure every ballot cast is counted. For weeks, top Republican lawmakers with the help of Trump’s campaign, has attempted to reverse adjustments in absentee voting made in light of the pandemic.…

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WRAL: Senate’s ideological expedience trumps needs of the nation

By Alanna Joyner / October 13, 2020

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett began in the Senate yesterday. The four days of hearings kicks off a mad rush for the GOP and the Trump administration to assume power in the higher courts after the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Filling in Ginsburg’s seat would result in a…

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Trump to hold campaign rally in Greenville

By Alanna Joyner / October 12, 2020

Trump will be making a stop in Greenville, North Carolina on Thursday — less than two weeks after he was hospitalized with COVID-19. The campaign rally in eastern NC comes as Trump held a rally today in Florida, despite at least 34 White House staffers “and other contacts” infected with Covid-19 since the Rose Garden…

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Early Voting for the 2020 General Election Begins October. 15

By Alanna Joyner / October 12, 2020

North Carolina’s early voting period for the 2020 general election kicks off Thursday Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 31. Early voting sites can be found on the State Board of Elections’ website. During the early voting period from Oct. 15 to Oct.31, eligible individuals can register and vote on the same day if you…

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WNCT: After lawsuit, 2020 Census deadline pushed back until October 31st

By Alanna Joyner / October 6, 2020

Last week, a federal judge issued an order that, for now, the U.S. Census Bureau must continue the  2020 census count through Oct. 31, after finding the bureau made multiple violations of an earlier order extending the national head count’s schedule. The federal judge found several legal defects from Trump officials, including examples of “chaotic,…

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The New York Times: A White House Long in Denial Confronts Reality

By Alanna Joyner / October 5, 2020

Last Saturday’s White House event unveiling Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has been marked as one that has resulted in positive COVID-19 tests of at least eight attendees, including Trump himself.  Few attendees wore masks or kept their social distance in both the indoor and outdoor gathering, resulting in a recipe for a “super spreader” event. …

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Associated Press News: In big states, tiny counties, Trump attacking voting rules

By Alanna Joyner / October 1, 2020

Litigation over absentee voting in North Carolina has taken quite a few twists and turns over the past few weeks. The cause? Republican state lawmakers and Trump’s campaign intervening in the voting lawsuit that would have eased absentee voting rules. Through letters, tweets, disinformation and lawsuits, the Trump campaign and its GOP allies are going…

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Citizen-Times: Census fight could have big implications for North Carolina’s political, financial future

By Alanna Joyner / September 28, 2020

Last week, a federal judge halted the Trump administration’s efforts to conclude the 2020 Census count a month early, but the Trump Administration quickly appealed the ruling — further complicating what could be the deadline for this year’s census.  While the case continues to play out in court, the Census Bureau and officials continue to…

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