ACDP News July 30, 2020

95 Days Until Election Day

Absentee Ballot Update

COVID 19 causes surge of absentee ballot requests

A new report shows “a striking surge” in the number of absentee ballot requests in North Carolina, reflecting patterns seen across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

State election officials say as many as four of 10 voters, or more than 1.5 million, could cast mail-in ballots this fall. That’s 10 times the usual number.

More than 65,000 absentee ballot requests made through Friday, July 10th. That’s a four times the number requested at the same time in 2016.

Absentee ballots for the November election will start being mailed to voters Sept. 4.

Republicans have often relied on absentee ballots more than Democrats.

In 2008 54 percent of all absentee requests came from Republicans, who made up less than a third of registered voters. Four years ago that fell to 40 percent, though that was still more than Democratic and unaffiliated voters.

NC Voters Request Absentee Ballots In Unprecedented Numbers

UNC Radio – The State of Things

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many North Carolina voters are choosing to cast their ballot via mail. Over 90,000 North Carolinians have requested a mail-in absentee ballot so far, nearly five times as many requests as this time in 2016. Host Anita Rao talks with reporter Jordan Wilkie about how county boards of election in the state are preparing for the surge of mailed ballots. Wilkie is a Report for America corps member with Carolina Public Press. 

Listen to the interview HERE

NC’s Absentee by Mail Ballot Requests Could Hit 100K This Week

from Old North State Politics

Full article here: Old North State Politics

As of Monday, July 27, the estimated total requests for NC absentee by mail ballots stands at 92,370, up from the initial estimated number that was posted of 69,500, an increase of thirty-three percent over the past two weeks. Based on projections that I’ll discuss shortly, we could easily see North Carolina reach an estimated 100,000 requests within the next week, most likely by Monday, August 3rd.

Registered Republicans are up a little under 1.5 times ahead of where they were four years ago this same day, while registered Democrats are up 7 times, with registered Unaffiliated voters up 7.2 times.

This is a notable shift from what we saw just four years, particularly in terms of the percentages among these groups within the requests.

Four years ago, the partisan registered voters (Republicans and Democrats) were nearly evenly split, at 37 to 38 percent each, with a quarter of the requests coming from unaffiliated voters. Now, registered Democrats and Unaffiliated voters are nearly 9 out of 10 of the requests combined.

Do it NOW!

Here’s an article explaining the nuts and bolts of absentee voting.

Here is a link to  an absentee ballot request form in North Carolina.  It is not too early to do this. You can also call our local Board of Elections at (336)570-6755 and request that they send you an absentee ballot request form.  Or, if you’d like to check your registration status or register to vote the Times News has this nifty little page. HERE

And if you needed more motivation:

-The Republicans’ plan to recruit 50,000 “poll watchers” to intimidate and challenge voters at the polls.

-The Trump appointed postmaster general has made changes at the Postal Service that could slow down mail delivery and disenfranchise millions who try to vote by mail. So, request your absentee ballot today and fill it out and send it back as quick as you can!

-This is a link to a short article explaining some of the issues facing Boards of Election HERE

Change is coming to Alamance County

ACDP Billboard

Donate HERE We’re looking at making electoral history this year in Alamance. Join us as we raise money for our first ever ACDP billboard. We’re almost half of the way to our goal already! Please chip-in! We’d like to secure funding for this as soon as possible.

The ACDP Marketing Committee the has been working to develop a strategy that we believe will raise the profile of Alamance Democrats and help us get the voter turnout we have to get. The Marketing Committee has selected a design that we feel captures who we are and what we value. We’ve got a billboard located on Interstate 40/85 between Exits 145 and 147 picked out that we think will allow us to reach as many potential 2020 voters as possible. now all we need to do is raise some money! Our goal is to fund the entire cost of the $3400 billboard through your generous donations. Please consider donating to this fund, as we believe we have a solid plan to make your dollars reach the most voters and potential voters possible. We’ve been too quiet it’s time to make some noise! Donate HERE

$20 for 2020

Help the Democratic Women of Alamance County Honor and celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by donating $20 for 2020, the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote.  Donate Here

Give Your Time at Election Time.

Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?

Finding election workers is always a challenge and in this election the civic-minded seniors that usually fill these positions should get to sit this one out if they have health concerns. Early Voting workers especially work long days and a couple of long weeks. So if you want more weekend hours for Alamance County voters, giving your time to staff those hours is a great way to help. Also, these are paid positions. More Information HERE

Join Our ACDP Voter Outreach Team!

Be a part of our Voter Outreach team and commit to helping your friends and neighbors get out the vote this election! In exchange for your generous donation, ACDP is offering these high-quality shirts to anyone interested in helping us get our message out that Your Vote Does Count! 2020 will be a pivotal election year and one of our top goals is ensuring that all individuals who have the right to vote can and will use it. Donate Here!

Proud Alamance Democrat Yard Signs

Stand up and stand out as a Proud Alamance County Democrat. We’re working for a better more inclusive Alamance for everyone. Order your sign Here Guidelines for political signs HERE

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