mattmckrell | Indy Week

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Re: “Your Party‚Äôs Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

I disagree about primary turnout. I work every election as an official, and the turnout on
the past two presidential primary days was higher than on the actual election day.
Generally I tell my friends that it makes more sense to register as an independent
because all the NC parties allow registered independent voters to participate.
Also if you register as a partisan you get pestered for donations all the time!

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Posted by mattmckrell on 05/30/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Crank Wants to Charge Wake Elections Official With Felony for "Voter Suppression"

I watched this again and I still don't see what the issue is. There are only two versions of
the ballot for people living in congressional district 4: nonpartisan and republican. She
explained that. The libertarians and democrats aren't running primaries in that
district, so those parties just use the nopartisan ballot.

Posted by mattmckrell on 06/02/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Right-Wing Crank Wants to Charge Wake Elections Official With Felony for "Voter Suppression"

Hmm, the election law violation that I see going on here is
taking videos within the election enclosure. North Carolina
election law prohibits photography or video taking within
the enclosure (the room where voting is taking place) without
permission of the voter and the chief judge.

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Posted by mattmckrell on 05/31/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Vote or stop complaining: Our endorsements for the Raleigh municipal elections

What about the Cary elections? There's two council districts
that are contested. That's representation for over 60,000 people these days.
I don't even see questionnaires posted.

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Posted by mattmckrell on 09/23/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Week 2 of voting rights trial gets heated

No, it's not. All registrations are coordinated across the state. Registering in one county will automatically cancel the registration in the other counties in the state.

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Posted by mattmckrell on 07/22/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “We need bigger ideas for Dix Park and mass transit

I have to respond about bus vs. train. The remark that there's not enough density has
things backwards. Density follows transportation, not the other way around. New York
didn't build skyscrapers until after it had the subway. Charlotte experienced a huge
growth spurt in the South End *after* the light rail line was under construction.
Asserting that bus routes are flexible points out their main weakness. The strength
of mass transit is the commitment to routes; if that is done then business will
commit to locations along the route.

Bus/commuter rail is an OK approach, given dedication of bus lanes (BRT). However,
Bus Rapid Transit (i.e. bus with dedicated lanes and fixed stations) has not been as
successful as light rail in attracting ridership or development in the US. On the
other hand, extensive light rail costs a lot to build.

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Posted by mattmckrell on 02/04/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “High-Speed Rail thru Raleigh: What route? At what price?

Hi, Wisperjet..

to borrow an analogy, you "missed the train". The Tier I part of the project
(completed in 2002) selected the route and the stations, and evaluated
ridership based on that. The reports can be seen at

Posted by mattmckrell on 07/29/2010 at 11:11 AM

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