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ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA
N. Carolina elections office previews Election Day count
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s elections office is predicting that at the end of Election Day it will be able to tally and report at least 97% of all ballots cast. The N.C. State Board of Elections said in a news release Sunday that it will post results as quickly as possible but that its primary objective will be an accurate count. There’s a good chance Americans won’t know the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election when they go to bed that night. In North Carolina, mail-in ballots are not due until Nov. 12 if postmarked by Election Day.
Town built on guns ponders future after Remington plant sale
ILION, N.Y. (AP) – A Remington firearms factory has dominated Ilion, New York, for generations, but now some residents are looking ahead with uncertainty. Almost 600 plant workers terminated this week. That came a few months after Remington Outdoor Co. sought bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. The cuts came even as the successful bidders for the plant in bankruptcy proceedings plan to restart at least some production. Details remain scarce. So the high hopes in this upstate village for a successful reload of plant are tempered by questions about how many workers will come back, and when.
ELECTION 2020-EARLY VOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Record-setting early-vote period ending in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Early in-person voting is ending in North Carolina, where records have been smashed by those who preferred not to vote at their Election Day precincts. Early voting sites in all 100 counties are closing Saturday afternoon. Over 4.3 million state residents had voted as of late Friday, compared to about 3.1 million early votes recorded for the entire 2016 general election. Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and Vice President Mike Pence scheduled campaign events in the state on Saturday. Registered voters can still vote in person on Tuesday or postmark their mail-in ballots by that day.
ELECTION 2020-VOTING RALLY ARRESTS
North Carolina rally organizer plans Election Day march
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) – The organizer of a get-out-the-vote rally in North Carolina that ended with police pepper spraying and arresting participants is planning another march on Election Day. Reverend Greg Drumwright said at a news conference Sunday that he’s planning a large demonstration for Election Day and condemned how police responded to Saturday’s event. Police said participants in Saturday’s rally were arrested and pepper sprayed they were blocking the roadway without authorization, authorities say. áGraham Police said Saturday they issued several warnings to the crowd at Alamance County’s courthouse to move from the roadway before releasing pepper spraying and later arresting eight people.
ELECTION 2020-STATE LEGISLATURES
State legislative elections key to redistricting power
HOUSTON (AP) – An intense battle is playing out in the November elections for control of state legislative chambers. The stakes are especially high this year because the winners in most states will control the process for drawing new U.S. House and state legislative districts based on the 2020 census. Republicans currently control a majority of state legislatures. But Democrats are targeting several Republican-led states in hopes of gaining a say in the redistricting process. Some of the top targets include Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Both parties are spending tens of millions of dollars on legislative races.
ELECTION 2020-LEGISLATURE-NORTH CAROLINA
Handful of races to set N. Carolina legislature rule, agenda
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina General Assembly control in November likely will come down to outcomes in about 15 closely contested House and Senate races. Democrats need to win six additional House seats and five more Senate seats to ensure majorities in the chambers held by Republicans since 2011. The winning party will have leverage to shape current policies and draw district boundaries for the next decade. Democrats won enough seats in 2018 so that Republican margins were no longer veto-proof. Democrats say expanding Medicaid would be their top priority if they were brought to power. Republicans are seeking to preserve their conservative policies of the past decade.
FORMER TOWN EMPLOYEE INDICTED
Ex-town employee indicted in $200K dumpster-related scam
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A solid-waste superintendent for a town in North Carolina was accused by authorities of defrauding the community of at least $200,000. The Winston-Salem Journal reports former Kernersville employee Thad Leslie Buck was indicted Monday on eight counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Authorities accuse him of using a fake company to defraud the community over 14 years. Buck became a solid-waste operations supervisor for the town in 2004 and was promoted to superintendent in 2009. He was fired in December. The indictments against Buck allege that he told town officials that the company would paint the community’s dumpsters, but it never did the work.
EARLY VOTING SITE CLOSURE
North Carolina county ordered to reopen voting site
REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A judge has issued a temporary restraining order which reopens a rural North Carolina voting site that was closed due to a coronavirus case at the location. North Carolina’s Democratic Party sought the move after filing a lawsuit on Thursday which said one of Rockingham County’s four early voting locations was closed after a positive COVID-19 test at the location. The lawsuit did not make clear if the positive case was a voter or a poll worker. The judge’s decision was handed down Friday evening. Early in-person voting in North Carolina is scheduled to end Saturday.