Editorial: Every vote counts. Count every vote!
Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 -- Every qualified voter needs to cast a ballot. Every one of those properly cast ballots must be counted. In a typical election year our emphasis would be on encouraging - cajoling - qualified North Carolinians to get out and vote. Make no mistake, we aren't any less persistent. A record number of voters - about 4.6 million - have already cast ballots. But this is a different election year. We have a president who is bent on planting doubt, conjuring confusion as well as abusing the courts and the postal service to keep some voters away from the polls or preventing their properly cast ballots from being counted.Posted — Updated
But this is a different election year. We have a president who is bent on planting doubt, conjuring confusion as well as abusing the courts and the postal service to keep some voters away from the polls or preventing their properly cast ballots from being counted.
Fortunately for North Carolina voters most of the efforts by President Donald Trump and his enablers on the national and state level have proved futile. Many, but unfortunately, not all.
The State Board of Elections has been laser-focused on its mission -- doing all possible to make sure there are as few impediments as possible to make sure as many qualified people as possible get to vote; that only those properly qualified do vote; and that every properly cast ballot is counted.
The biggest uncertainty now seems to be whether those casting absentee ballots by mail will get their ballots counted. About 934,300 mail-in ballots have been properly received and will be counted when the North Carolina polls close. But there are at least half a million mail-in ballots that have been requested, but not yet received. Every voter who does properly mail their ballot on Election Day, should get it counted.
Those who are still considering voting by mail, there’s no time to delay. Do it now. Be sure the ballot is properly completed and postmarked.
Don’t let others speak for you. Vote!