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Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I only agree with two of the CHTC endorsements. But I keep seeing all over social media a bogus reason to NOT vote for Gu. It goes "she voted in a Republican primary". Here are the facts: she is registered as unaffiliated (if you want to vote against her because she's not a Democrat that's your right.) In the March 2016 primary where she had a choice of primaries, she chose to vote in the Democratic primary. In the June 2016 special primary for Congress, there was ONLY a GOP primary as David Price was unopposed for the nomination. So Gu had a choice -- vote in the GOP primary or stay at home (remember, unaffiliated can choose a primary). She chose to vote. I am disappointed that Alan Buansi was given such short shrift and essentially ignored.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 10/19/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “In North Carolina’s Absentee Ballot Data, Good News for Democrats

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.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 10/05/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

poster "amias" is a classic "concern troll"

Posted by gercohen1 on 07/06/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

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

Posted by gercohen1 on 07/06/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

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

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Posted by gercohen1 on 03/03/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

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.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 03/02/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Your Participation is Mandatory: The INDY’s 2016 Primary Endorsements

Reading your Dem presidential editorial it could have just as well suggested that voters mark the "no preference" ballot line

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Posted by gercohen1 on 03/02/2016 at 11:30 AM

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