to be picky, you need to compare 10/3/2016 with 10/1/2012 because the 2016 election is two days later -- so your stats slightly inflate the 2012 statistics (generally the SBoE statewide is getting about 5,000 requests a day). But you did a great job of data diving in a very useful story.
poster "amias" is a classic "concern troll"
A couple of corrections. You state:
"The board settled on a plan to open nineteen early voting sites—including Chavis and N.C. State's Creative Services center—during working hours on weekdays and a few hours on the weekend."
First, it's actually 20 sites, and it's only the BoE office in downtown Raleigh that is open "during working hours on weekdays" The other 19 sites are open weekdays 9 am to 7pm, which is more than working hours. As far as "a few hours on weekends", it's actually 13.5 hours at the 19 sites: 8:30a-2p the first Saturday, 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, and 9a-1p the final Saturday. The BoE office has 12.5 weekend hours.
You also say:
" Since 1985, the boards' majorities have been determined by the party of the governor. County parties nominate appointees who are then approved by the State Board of Elections."Actually this date back to at least 1951, maybe back to the 1920s. Not sure where 1985 came from
I've reflected on this for a day. With your two top line endorsements you've clearly soiled yourselves. People will put a lot less weight on your down ballot endorsements and people are much less likely to clip out your slate. Based on your analysis, your endorsement should have been to mark "no preference" which is s presidential ballot choice.
You have another week to rethink this prior to your next Wednesday issue. Please do
ok, of the statewide races you are endorsing in 9 of the 16 candidates are black -- you endorse ONE. Definitely a winning slate in a primary where over a third of the voters likely to be Black.
Reading your Dem presidential editorial it could have just as well suggested that voters mark the "no preference" ballot line
Technically speaking Republicsn Jim Carson was AG in 1974
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