Alanna Joyner

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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WRAL: Make North Carolina count by completing the census

By Alanna Joyner / September 21, 2020 /

The deadline for the 2020 Census is fast approaching and approximately 4 million North Carolinians still need to fill out the census. There’s roughly $16 billion of federal funding at stake for North Carolina if citizens do not participate by the September 30 deadline — in addition to state funds. Our response is critical as…

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After fourth COVID-19 cluster students, prominent faculty and medical experts call for UNC-Chapel Hill to go online

By Alanna Joyner / August 18, 2020 /

Just a month ago, current and former faculty from across the UNC system sent a letter to top UNC System leadership and the UNC Board of Governors, urging them to join other university systems in making online instruction the default for the coming Fall semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Despite their concerns, the BOG…

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Trump’s attacks on voting-by-mail and the Post Office

By Alanna Joyner / August 17, 2020 /

In a long list of false claims and furious objections to voting-by-mail, Trump admitted on Thursday that he’s willingly blocking proposed federal aid for the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to make it harder to expand voting by mail. For years, the Postal Service has struggled to stay afloat, and with Louis DeJoy, a…

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The Hill: Senate adjourns until September without COVID-19 relief package

By Alanna Joyner / August 17, 2020 /

Last Thursday, the Senate adjourned until September 8, without reaching a deal for the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. The lack of a deal leaves millions of Americans in financial peril, as the $600 per week federal unemployment benefit, the nationwide moratorium on evictions and the window to apply for Paycheck Protection Program small…

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NPR: Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month

By Alanna Joyner / August 12, 2020 /

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that its ending all counting efforts, including door knocks, responses by mail, over the phone and online, for the 2020 census on Sept. 30 — a month sooner than previously announced.  The last minute change imposed by the Trump administration, could threaten the accuracy of population numbers, especially…

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