Tonight I was listening to FM101.1 La Ley and heard two senate ads in Spanish back to back. The first was by Ben Carson PAC. The theme was that Hagan sends her kids to private school but opposes vouchers while Tillis gave vouchers to thousands of kids (hispanos). The second ad was by People for the American Way. The theme was that Tillis cut millions from education and health but gave rich Carolinians lots of tax breaks. VOTE! (This is my second attempt to post this, the first one didn't show up.)
Went to our precinct today -- haven't been there in quite some time, as we've so often opted for early voting. Wow. What a lonely exercise. It worries me. We went in ... no voters there. Ran into one person coming in as we left. If you have't voted yet -- there's still a few minutes left! VOTE!!!
As a candidate I have been trying to keep up with the new voting rules. Early voting starts on Oct. 17 but except for Sat. Nov. 2 is is only Mon.- Fri. and not on weekends. The Orange Politics calendar needs to be corrected. See http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/documents/onestopsites2013.pdf from the Orange County board of elections for details. Most of the new voting rules don't take place until next near but now is a good time to help everyone get a voter ID. We should have the goal of everyone obtaining their ID before the May 2014 primary.
Today I completed the State Board of Elections 5 part training module for campaign committee treasurers. I took it as the candidate so I could see what my treasurer has to do. The basic campaign contribution limit is $4000 but Chapel Hill has a special maximum of $300. Will the state legislature rules about preventing local governments from being more strict than state or federal laws cause that to be changed? There is a long list of individuals (including immediate family) and groups whom are not limited to $4000.
Lots of election stats for Orange in the 2012 general election are here, broken down by a gazillion different things. This had been out there through the campaign with daily updates of absentee and early vote stats, now it includes election day as well.
Tracy Reams at the BoE sent me this today: "Good afternoon. Wanted to let you know that we have completed sorting through the 54,229 ballots cast prior to Election Day and the results are available on our website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/archive.asp. PDF is report by VTD (Voting Tabulation District) where all votes cast are reported in their home precincts."
About 160 of the 400 provisional ballots were counted, along with civilian absentee ballots received thru 11/9 and military and overseas ballots received thru 11/15. A total of 77,050 votes were cast (compared with 75,194 in 2008). Prez wound up 70.22% to 28.06%, Dalton had 64.44, to McCrory's 32.42% with the Libertarian 3.08% (above Howe's statewide average of 2.1%)
The official canvass inched the YES on Transit up from 58.83% to 58.88%.
I also got from the BoE some stats broken down by early vote site (the online canvass has all five sites lumped in together - the totals will be broken out by precinct by early January).
Voter registration is heavy in Orange County, with 11,223 new voters since January 1, with 3,320 of those August 1 through September 21.
Conventional analysis focuses on net voter registration e.g. changes in totals (by party) since January 1, but I chose to look also at gross totals to see how registration drives are faring, then subtracting to see cancellations.