Editorial: Trump's needless poll watchers only breed distrust and disruption
Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 -- While President Donald Trump and his backers are doing all they can to plant the seeds of a self-fulfilling prediction of disruption and confusion at polling places with unneeded unofficial poll watchers, North Carolina elections officials - Republicans and Democrats - aren't having any of it. They steadfastly remain dedicated to assuring voting is conducted properly, safely and fairly.Posted — Updated
The goals are simple enough. Make sure every qualified voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot. Get every properly cast ballot counted. It takes hard work, attention to detail and adherence to procedures and practices to run an election. The State Board of Elections county boards face plenty of challenges in accomplishing their mission. They get it done amid meeting the needs of heated partisans, egotistical candidates, their aids and supporters, weather and glitchy technology. On VERY rare occasions, they are dealing with those who purposely seek to abuse and manipulate the system. But it is accomplished with unfailing grace, patience and accuracy.
Our elections administrators, with the added burden of dealing with the safety and health demands of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, have put more equipment, new practices and added personnel in place so voters will deal with as little inconvenience as possible – whether voting by mail or in person.
Additionally, state law provides for a “buffer zone” to prevent campaigning too close to where the voting is going on so there is nothing either hindering voters as they cast ballots or any harassment.
While Trump and his backers are doing all they can to plant the seeds of a self-fulfilling prediction of disruption and confusion at polling places, North Carolina elections officials – Republicans and Democrats – aren’t having any of it. They steadfastly remain dedicated to assuring voting is conducted properly, safely and fairly.
Qualified North Carolina voters, no matter their partisan affiliation or candidates they support, must not fall prey to Trump’s intimidation.
There are three ways to vote: by mail (request a ballot no later than. Oct. 27 and get it in the mail by Nov. 3); early in person (starting Oct. 15 and continuing through Oct. 31); and voting on Election Day (Nov. 3).
Just do it!
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