March 2021 - convention recap

A big thanks to everyone who was able to participate, either in person or on line, in the 2021 Chatham Republican Party convention last Saturday. We had a really good meeting with great speakers and it was a chance to renew friendships.

Officers and Executive Committee

Every two years we elect County officers of the Party and the County GOP executive committee. For 2021-2022 the officers are:
Chair: Terry Schmidt
1st Vice Chair: Rick Brownfield
2nd Vice Chair: Bill Crawford
Secretary: Terri Tyson
Treasurer: Gayle Daniel
In addition, the Convention approved modifications to the leadership structure in Chatham County that defines a quorum, adds job descriptions to certain executive committee positions, and give executive committee voting privileges to all Precinct chairs and some other Republican leaders.

Platform and speakers

This year the Convention approved an update to the Chatham County Republican Party Platform. That document is attached. Please read through it (it's short) and use it to talk with your friends and neighbors about conservative principles. We also heard great presentations about the voting process, and information from the Faith and Freedom Coalition and the Capital Research Center.

2022 Elections

The 2022 General Election, while not a Presidential year, will be another big event for our nation's future. These are the races up for grabs:

US Senate - Richard Burr (R) who is not seeking re-election

US House District 4 - David Price (D)

US House District 13 - Ted Budd (R)

NC Senate 23 - Valerie Foushee (D)

NC House 54 - Robert Reives II (D)

NC Supreme Court - Judson (D) seat

NC Supreme Court - Ervin (D) seat

Chatham County Commissioner District 3 - Diana Hales (D)

Chatham County Commissioner District 4 -Jim Crawford (D)

Chatham County Commissioner District 5 - Franklin Gomez Florez (D?)

Sheriff - Mike Roberson (D)

Board of Education 3 - Del Turner (D)

Board of Education 4 - Jane Allen Wilson (D)

Board of Education 5 - Gary Leonard (D)

Soil and Water - John Glosson (U)

Soil and Water - Richard Hayes (D)

In 2022 the democrats have a lot of seats to defend, so Republicans should pick up some gains. We can keep the Senate seat, increase numbers in the House of Representatives, retake a supermajority in the NC legislature, flip the NC Supreme Court to conservative, change the Chatham Board of Commissioners to Republican, and force the Board of Education to conservative positions.

Election Timeline

In a normal year, candidates would file their candidacy in December 2021 for the Primary election in 2022. The US Census Bureau is required to make the 2020 Census data available by December 31, 2020. They might get it out by September 30, 2021 - nine months late. Each 10-year census triggers redistricting. So what if the census is nine months late? Redistricting will start nine months late. After the inevitable lawsuits, who knows when the districts will be finalized. That will impact the US House seats, and maybe others. The next election cycle will be interesting, at the least.

In closing, thanks to everyone for supporting constitutional and conservative causes along with honesty and decency. The future of our county, state, and nation depend on our being brave and standing up for the core beliefs that formed our Nation.

Finally, a historical quote (very applicable to the times we are living in)

Everybody is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say
what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
― Winston Churchill

Thanks for reading.

February 2021 updates

Chatham County Republican Convention

The Chatham County Republican Convention will be held on March 20, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM. Please put this on your calendar. We plan to hold our convention virtually via Zoom so more registered Republicans can attend. Come meet with fellow conservatives and learn more about how the Republican Party is organized. As this is an odd-numbered year, we will hold elections for Chair, 1st and 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, the Executive Committee, and delegates to the 4th and 13th District Conventions as well as the North Carolina State Convention.

Special presentations will include the Capital Research Center and the Faith and Freedom Foundation.
Voting delegates to the Chatham County Republican Convention must be registered Republicans in Chatham County as of January 31, 2021.

If you are interested in more than just voting, attend the county convention.

We will send out registration instructions soon.

Convention Dates

  • Chatham County: March 20, 2021 10:00 AM virtual
  • 4th District: April 3, 2021 virtual and in-person at the NCGOP headquarters in Raleigh
  • 13th District: April 24, 2021 12:30 virtual and in-person TBD
  • State Convention: June 4 through June 6, Greenville

2022 Elections

Primary elections for 2022 are just 13 months away. Candidate registration is in December 2021.
US Senate: (Burr (R) is not running for re-election)
US House: House districts will be re-drawn in 2021 by the North Carolina legislators, with the gain of 1 North Carolina house seat. My best guess is that redistricting cannot start until the Census results are released, so maybe in June of 2021. Then after the expected lawsuits by the Left, we might have final redistricting just before the candidate registration period ends.

  • Senate 23 (Foushee (D) is incumbent)
  • House 54 (Reives (D) is incumbent)
  • Chatham Commissioner 3 (Hales (D) is incumbent)
  • Chatham Commissioner 4 (Crawford (D) is incumbent)
  • Chatham Commissioner 5 (Gomez-Flores (D?) is incumbent)
  • Sheriff (Roberson (D) is incumbent)
  • Board of Education 3 (Turner (D) is incumbent)

Are you interested in running for any of these positions? Please contact me right away at CCGOP_Chair@pm.me.

Going Forward in Chatham County

We are going to focus on issues critically important to Chatham County -

  • Broadband. Neither our elected board of commissioners (all Democrats) nor the State Legislature (controlled by Republicans) seem to be able to make any progress other than vague promises.
  • Taxes and Debt. Did you see the recent article in the local newspaper that Chatham County has the second highest debt ratio in North Carolina? But per the County, 'that's ok, don't worry'. Thanks for all the debt, county commissioners.
  • Environment. Pittsboro water continues to be a problem. Farms are being converted to commercial spaces. We can see the uncontrolled growth in Pittsboro (Chatham Park) and along the 15-501 corridor. All the politicians do is seem to blame other politicians for problems.
  • Business Climate. Have you seen the commercial construction in the Chatham County commercial development areas west of Siler City and by Moncure? Neither have I, since nothing has happened.

At the same time, we must hold our state and national officials responsible for their actions, or inactions. It is OUR responsibility to make our views known. Email addresses for elected officials are usually easy to find online. You may just receive replies by form letters (like from Senators Tillis (R) and Burr (R)) or no answer at all (like I get from Foushee (D) and Reives (D)) but it is always worth your while to express an opinion.

We need your thoughts

The Chatham County Republican Party needs your thoughts and inputs for moving forward. Some of you have responded, but many have not. Please take five minutes and answer a few questions at https://forms.gle/6o1VUNe8Q6qq5ehh7.

Finally

Be of good cheer. Results from the 2020 election were not always what we wanted, but the Republican Party made significant gains in many areas. Almost 50% of Chatham County voted Republican. We have a new conservative Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Justice Newby. We have a new Lieutenant Governor who is brave and unafraid to speak his mind in Mark Robinson. We continue to hold the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives. Republicans made significant gains in the US House of Representatives, and most State Houses are now in Republican hands. It is up to us, though, to make sure Leftist ideology does not take root and continue to expand against our Nation's founding principles.

Risk and Freedom

But when no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen are hired to protect us becoming self-serving busybodies.
-- Alan Watts

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The purge begins

Another sad day.

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to impeach former President Trump. Articles of impeachment are at the US Senate accusing him of 'wilfully inciting violence agains the government of the United States'.

The Democrat-controlled US Senate is scheduled to begin the trial the week of February 8, 2021. Apparently the trial will not be presided over by the Chief Justice of the United States, as called for by the Constitution. Instead, Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont (president pro tempore) will run the 'trial'.

Many think this is an attempt by national Democrats to try and ensure that President Trump, along with the 78 million Americans who voted for him, are shut out of any national political debate.

If you agree, make your voices heard. Express your opinion to our North Carolina Senators. Their addresses are below.

Here is what I am going to say. Please use your own words in your own emails.

Dear Senator (Burr or Tillis) -
I am a registered voter in North Carolina. You are my representative.
Please resist any impeachment or other censure of former President Trump. Any such action will be seen by the nation as a vendetta against the conservative half of the United States. Nothing good will come out of this, and will only further divide our nation.

Sincerely,
...

Addresses:
https://www.tillis.senate.gov/email-me

https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

An appropriate historical moment

I want to make one thing clear. This war against our Constitution is not being fought way off in Madagascar or in Mandalay. It is being fought here — in our schools, our colleges, our churches, our women's clubs. It is being fought with our money, channeled through the State Department. It is being fought twenty-four hours a day — while we remain asleep."
— William Jenner (1908-1985)

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A sad day for conservatives

Inauguration Day 2021

Today is a sad day for conservatives in America: the inaguration of the leftist pair of Biden and Harris. This pair loves government more than country. Washington DC is an armed camp: not for any threats to the activities necessarily, but certainly as a show of force by Biden, saying 'I'm in charge, and I have the guns'. As for me and my house, we will not be watching the festivities.

Extreme anger across North Carolina

I participated in the North Carolina County Chair call chaired by NCGOP Chair Michael Whatley on Tuesday evening. There was a strong and vocal majority on the call upset with our national (and some North Carolina) Republican RINO representatives. I previously contacted our Senators Tillis and Burr asking for their support into investigating election fraud, and received responses with zero interest in rocking the boat. I for one will be glad we can elect a Burr replacement in 2022. RINOs are treating President Trump like a criminal, and treating anyone who is upset with election fraud as deplorable.

The riot at the Capital has given the left an excuse to tighten their grip on the wheels of power across the nation. It is horrifying to see the cancel culture coming after anyone who supported our president.

In at least one North Carolina county, the FBI is asking for the names of any county Republican who attended the rally in DC.

Some good news

North Carolina overall had a good election day, electing Mark Robinson as Lieutenant Governor, 6 of 10 council of state seats, 8 for 8 for state judicial races, and winning 61% of all county commission control. The vote for President Trump was 2.78 million votes, the largest turnout ever for a Republican President in North Carolina. This is our foundation to build upon.

So what do we do?

  • Conservatives in Chatham County must keep talking and supporting each other.
  • Politics is grass roots. We must pressure our commissioners to do the right things with our tax money, our liberty, and the education of our children. We must talk with them, on the record.
  • We must pressure our state legislature, in particular the House and Senate Leadership, that business as usual cannot continue. We must have a forensic audit of our past election. We must encourage the State Board of Election to follow election laws.
  • While we should support the State Party, we must pressure State Party leadership to respond to the desires of the local parties.

How can you help?

  • Don't be the silent conservative. Participate in the local Republican party. Become involved with your Precinct. Attend the County Convention in March. Be a delegate to the State Convention in June. More information to follow.
  • Volunteer to get our message out to Chatham County. We are starting a 'Writers Guild' to put an article in the local paper each week. Interested in helping? Send me an email at schmidt.terry@pm.me.
  • Consider running for office. We need strong conservatives who can articulate their message to run for three commissioner positions and three board of education positions, along with state senator and state representative. Interested in running? Send me an email at schmidt.terry@pm.me.
  • Support social media that does not block conservative voices. For me, I cancelled my twitter accounts and never check Facebook. I avoid Google. Consider using encrypted methods of communication such as Signal for texting and calls, using a VPN so your internet traffic is not recorded, and be very careful about what you post or write in emails.

The conservative movement in Chatham County, North Carolina, and the United States is strong. We'll survive this latest challenge, but it will take all of us acting together and cooperating for the common good. We have to make changes through peaceful means.

President Harry Truman

President Truman, a Democrat, wrote these words when describing the Soviet Union. How true they sound today.

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
― President Harry S. Truman

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Welcome to 2021

We had some successes in the 2020 elections: all eight state-wide judicial positions, the Lieutenant Governor and other Council of State positions, re-electing Ted Budd in the 13th District.

We had some spectacular failures, regardless of how those failures were caused.

Some of us thought 2021 would be a welcome change after the year 2020. It is not starting out that way, so it is up to us to change it.

We need your thoughts

The Chatham County Republican Party needs your thoughts and inputs for moving forward. Some of you have responded, but many have not. Please take five minutes and answer a few questions at https://forms.gle/6o1VUNe8Q6qq5ehh7. This is important.

Political Conventions

Political parties depend on volunteers. At the county level, everyone is a volunteer. You can participate in advancing conservative principles by participating in the county, district and state conventions.

Chatham County will hold the Republican Party convention in March. To be a voting participant, you must be a registered Republican no later than January 31, 2021. If you are not registered Republican, instructions to change your registration are at https://www.ncsbe.gov/registering/updating-registration.

Consider running for office

These are some of the open positions for the 2022 elections

  • three Chatham County Council positions (a majority of the council)
  • three Chatham school board positions (a majority of the school board)
  • State Representative
  • State Senator

The elections in 2022 require one to register as a candidate in December 2021 - just 11 months away. Contact me if interested.

Don't like how our government is being run? Don't like how your tax dollars are spent? Do something about it; run for office, or encourage a friend.

Historical quotes

Normally I close these newsletters with one quote. This month there are several that seem appropriate.

Please consider what you can do to help out:

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
― Edmund Burke

We must be watchful of 'emergencies' declared by governments:

‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
― Friedrich Hayek

And finally, let's all play by the same rules:

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
― Thomas Sowell

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Elections are Not Over

Georgia Senate Races

Several on this email list have asked 'what can I do to help the Georgia Republican Senate Runoff Races?'

The North Carolina Republican Party has these suggestions:

  1. Make Phone Calls to Georgia voters.
  2. Go down to Georgia and join the activists from all over the country in door-to-door canvassing.
  3. Donate to the Georgia Battleground Fund, which directly supports both candidates.

You can use the below link to sign up to participate in winning these critical races for the Senate.

https://action.nc.gop/volunteer_georgia

Electoral College

Congress meets in joint session on January 6 to count electoral votes. Vice President Pence, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results. Pence then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.

If any objections to the electoral votes are made, they must be submitted in writing and be signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator. If objections are presented, the House and Senate withdraw to their respective chambers to consider the merits of the objection(s) under procedures set out in Federal law.

If no Presidential candidate wins at least 270 electoral votes (a majority of the 538 available votes), under the 12th Amendment to the Constitution the House of Representatives decides the Presidential election. If necessary, the House would elect the President by majority vote, choosing from among the three candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by State, with each State having one vote. (The District of Columbia does not vote because it doesn't have voting members in the House of Representatives.)

If no Vice Presidential candidate wins at least 270 electoral votes (a majority or the 538 available votes), under the 12th Amendment the Senate elects the Vice President. If necessary, the Senate would elect the Vice President by majority vote, choosing between the two candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. Each Senator would have one vote.

How can you help?

I suspect there will be more than one Representative who will object to the electoral college vote. There may not be any Senators who will gather their courage to object. You can email any Senator at this link: https://www.senate.gov and click on 'Senators' and 'Contact'.

While the North Carolina Senators (Tillis and Burr) need to be contacted for this, key senators are Paul, Cruz, and Lee who may have spine to speak out. Please contact them also.

Sample speaking points include:

  • Request they object to the Electoral Votes as counted, triggering House and Senate debate
  • Request they insist on a full forensic audit of the 2020 election process in the six swing states.
  • Ask that they refuse to go along and legitimze the 2020 Presidental election.,
  • Request that they thoroughly review the 2020 elections to identify vulnerabilities in our election security

Happy Holidays!

Have a great Hannukah, a Merry Christmas, and a safe New Years. The year 2021 is coming soon.

Fair and Independent Elections

We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.
— John Adams (1797)

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Chief Justice Race in Chatham County

The voting, the machine recounts, the hand recounts, and the voter challenges are over. Justice Beasley has conceded; Justice Newby will be the next Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
How did the recounts turn out in Chatham County? Glad you asked!

Beasley asked for a recount. Chatham County machine recounts exactly matched the previous election results.

Beasley asked for a hand recount. Chatham County hand recounts exactly matched the previous election results.

The Beasley campaign then challenged non-counted Democrat and Independent votes in almost all counties across North Carolina that Beasley claimed should have been counted for her. In Chatham county, after review by the Chatham Board of Elections staff, below is what was found (several of these fell in more than one category). These votes were (correctly) not counted in Chatham County:

  • One ballot had a postmark date after the election
  • One ballot arrived after November 12 (after the cutoff date)
  • One ballot had no witness signature
  • Two voters were registered past the legal cutoff date
  • Two ballots had Pitney Bowes machine postmarks (those postmarks could be manipulated, and only an official USPS postmark is valid)
  • One voter was not a resident for the required 30 days prior to the elections- Two voters attempted to vote twice (once in early election, once on the day of election)
  • Seven voters were registered in other counties or other states and tried to vote in Chatham County

Perhaps Justice Beasley conceded after seeing similar results across the state.

This tells me two things: first, our Chatham Board of Elections members and board staff are correctly following the law, and our Chatham voting procedures appear to be precise and honest. Second, We the People need to be ever vigilant for voter fraud. Our board staff caught these errors. How many other errors in other counties or states were not caught? We the People must require that our local  Board, the State Board and our State Legislature ensure that voter rolls are up-to-date in all future elections. And, lets give a big round of applause to our Chatham elections staff and board members.

Terry Schmidt
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December 2020

Happy Holidays!

With Hannukah beginning tonight and Christmas two weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing, although it seems quite different this year with lockdowns due to COVID. Let’s all pray that 2021 will be better than 2020. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

Election Updates

Re-election of President Trump seems much less likely with lawsuit losses in Federal Courts. We can still hope for a Supreme Court positive outcome, but I give that very low probability of success at this point. The key races are the two Senate positions in Georgia. Those will determine control of the US Senate.

Recounts

Commissioner. The recount for the local County Commissioner race for District 5 has completed, and the winner remains Gomez Flores (D). While Gomez Flores won the county, notably he failed to win his district. That seat will be open for re-election again in 2022.

Chief Justice. The Newby / Beasley recount continues. Newby led after Election Day with only about 400 total votes across the state. After the statewide machine recount failed to garner additional votes for the Beasley campaign, she demanded a 3% statewide hand recount. That was completed in Chatham County with zero change in the overall vote count. That shows our local county votes have been correctly tabulated all along by election staff and board. The hand recount continues across the state. As of this email, Newby has gained 11 votes in the hand recount with most counties complete. Beasley has challenged individual votes in most North Carolina counties, but almost all of those challenges have been withdrawn or dismissed (Beasley filed a challenge in Chatham but it was withdrawn today). I predict our next Supreme Court Chief Justice will be Paul Newby, making a clean sweep of all seven judicial positions for Republicans.

Upcoming Events

The year 2021 is an ‘odd’ (not even) year, so county, district, and state Republican conventions will elect officers. For Chatham County we must elect officers: chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer, as well as representatives to the district and state conventions. Our county convention will be in March 2021 (hold the date for March 20). To be a delegate to the county convention, you must be a registered Republican in Chatham County as of January 31, 2021. Please let me know if you are interested in being on the Chatham County executive committee or running for one of the officer positions. To attend the district or state convention you must be elected as a delegate at the County convention. More to follow.

The dates for the 4th and 13th district conventions have not been announced. District offices will be elected.

The NC GOP state convention will be June 4 through 6 in Greenville. The State Chair and Vice Chair will be elected.

We need your help

Please let us know what the Chatham County GOP did well, and where we need to make changes.

Take our survey at https://forms.gle/RdRFdWVUJw2k1rj57.

You can submit this anonymously or you can add your contact information. Please complete this by December 17. We will use your inputs to help design our activities for 2021 and 2022.

A huge thanks to everyone for your support this past year. Let’s make 2021 a great year in Chatham County!

Terry Schmidt
Chair, Chatham County Republican Party

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Election Update Nov 17, 2020

Presidential election results are in disarray. Continue to pray that President Trump will prevail.

Recounts

Two races of local interest will go to a recount:

  • County Commissioner District 5: Wilkie / Gomez Flores
  • NC Supreme Court Chief Justice: Newby / Beasley

The Chatham County recount will begin Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Citizens will not be allowed to attend in person due to the lack of space in the meeting room. There will be no public input or disruptions by citizens during the recount.

You can view the recount meeting at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0wi_zdAzT2sMnGC6CHOGQ/

Results

Below is the current status of the 2020 general election. Projected winners are in bold.

Office Republican Candidate Democrat Candidate
President Donald J Trump Joseph Biden
US Senate Thom Tillis Cal Cunningham
US House District 4 Robert Thomas David E Price
US House District 13 Ted Budd Scott Huffman
Governor Dan Forest Roy Cooper
Lt. Governor Mark Robinson Yvonne Lewis Holley
Attorney General Jim O’Neill Josh Stein
Auditor Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street Beth A Wood
Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler Jenna Wadsworth
Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey Wayne Goodwin
Commissioner of Labor Josh Dobson Jessica Holmes
Secretary of State EC Sykes Elaine Marshall
Supt. of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt Jen Mangrum
Treasurer Dale Folwell Ronnie Chatterji
NC State Senate 23 Tom Glendinning Valerie P. Foushee
NC House 54 George T. Gilson Jr. Robert T. Reivers II
Chatham Commissioner 1 Jay Stobbs Karen Howard
Chatham Commissioner 2 Jimmy Pharr Mike Dasher
Chatham Commissioner 5 Andy Wilkie Franklin Gomez Flores
Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby Cheri Beasley
Supreme Court Seat 2 Phil Berger, Jr. Lucy Inman
Supreme Court Seat 4 Tamara Barringer Mark Davis
Court of Appeals Seat 4 April C. Wood Tricia Shields
Court of Appeals Seat 5 Fred Gore Lora Christine Cubbage
Court of Appeals Seat 6 Chris Dillon Gray Styers
Court of Appeals Seat 7 Jeff Carpenter Reuben F. Young
Court of Appeals Seat 13 Jefferson G Griffin Chris Brook

And some timely advice from one of my favorite authors:

Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
— Robert A. Heinlein

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Where we stand on November 11

First - today is Veteran’s Day.

Let’s remember those who swore an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. One does not ‘undo’ an oath. Our veterans are still serving their country.

Update on the elections

Overall, Republicans had good results across North Carolina and the nation.

  • President Trump continues to have a path forward to win re-election despite the news media calling the election for Biden. It isn’t over ’till it’s over.
  • North Carolina supported Trump by 57,000 votes. The state was called for Trump on Tuesday by The Election Desk. I expect changes in the map as the week progresses.
  • Senator Thom Tillis was re-elected. Cunningham conceded.
  • Our targeted Congressional members were all re-elected and overall the US House of Representatives Republican count went up significantly
  • Many council of state members were elected or re-elected. Jim O’Neill’s race for Attorney General may end up going to recount. He is down 10,000 votes.
  • The judicial races have turned out great - right now we are 8 for 8, but Paul Newby’s race for North Carolina Chief Justice will go to a recount.
  • Recounts will be completed by November 24.

The Georgia Senate race will determine control of the US Senate. As no Senate candidate in Georgia won over 50% of the vote, there will now be a run-off election. Several of you have asked how we can support the Republican candidates there.

  • David Purdue will be competing against a Democrat for one Senate Seat.
  • Kelly Loeffler will compete against a second Democrat for Georgia's second Senate Seat.

The Georgia GOP candidates will need money. If you would like to contribute, here are their sites:
For Perdue:https://secure.winred.com/david-perdue/perdueforsenate
For Kelly: https://kellyforsenate.com

Board of Elections actions

Thursday at 4:00 PM the Board will review provisional ballots. Friday at 11:00 AM the Board will conduct ‘canvass’ and certify the county elections. I urge you to view both of these online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0wi_zdAzT2sMnGC6CHOGQ/ . While I expect no issues, our democracy depends on oversight by the population.

Chatham Headquarters

We continue to search for a headquarters for the Chatham Republican Party. Our lease was extended until December 31, 2020 so we have one more month to search.

Please consider pledging to keep our headquarters open: support one week at $400, or support one month at $1,500. We already have pledges for four months!

Help out if you can, and let me know at CCGOP_Chair@pm.me We are all volunteers and need the county’s support to keep pushing conservative values in government.

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Five Days after Election Day 2020

Election Results

Five days after election day we still await results from many states. The longer counting takes, the more chance for illegitimate votes and outcomes that do not reflect the voter's will.

North Carolina Board of Elections will not update individual voter records until after each County Board of Elections certifies the remaining absentee ballots. In Chatham County, that will be on November 12 at 4:00 PM. My concern is that information about day of election votes (accepted or not) will not be known until it is too late for the voter to challenge any problems. Nothing can go wrong there, can it?

Upcoming Activities

Headquarters

We must be out of our wonderful Pittsboro headquarters by the end of November. We hope to find another location but renting is expensive (about $1,500 per month). Will you support a headquarters? If you are willing to pledge money towards a headquarters, please let me know at CCGOP_Chair@pm.me. If you know of a good location, let me know. Your executive team thinks a visible presence is important to continue gaining strength in Chatham County. Without sufficient funds we will have to resort to a storage locker until the next election.

Next Election Cycle

In two short years we will hold elections again, for several key positions. There will be three county commissioner positions, three board of education positions, several judicial elections, North Carolina senate and house representatives, our US House of Representatives office, and one US Senate office.

2021 Conventions

Every two years Republicans in North Carolina elect leadership teams. Here is how that process works.

  • To vote for Republican leadership, you have to be a registered Republican by January 31, 2021.
  • Chatham County will hold our Republican convention sometime in March 2021. We will elect officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as the executive committee and delegates to the District and State conventions. You must attend the County convention to be a delegate to District and State.
  • Likewise, the District and State Conventions will elect officers. Particularly important is the election of the State Party Chair and Vice Chair at the state convention.

Get Involved

Would you like to be a County Republican Party officer? Want to be on the Executive Committee? Are you interested in becoming involved as a candidate? How about being an election worker? Just want to help out? Want to learn more about the process before making a commitment? We are all volunteers and we need your support. Please contact me at CCGOP_Chair@pm.me.


The Day after Election Day

First, a huge thanks to everyone. This was by far the best election in recent times for enthusiasm amongst Republican voters and volunteers.

Second, a huge thanks to our local candidates. You folks are the reason our volunteers are enthusiastic, and collectively we can’t thank you enough for the time and effort you put into conservative, constitutional government.

Results. As you probably know, there are a lot of fights yet to come before many elections are decided. Most of the votes are in, but in North Carolina any ballot postmarked by election day can be counted as long as it arrives by Nov 14. My opinion? That’s rife for shenanigans. I hope it gets challenged and the ruling overturned, but we cannot bank on that. So, many of these races could be subject to change.,

9AM Wednesday best guesses

My scoreboard of races and results as of 9AM is here. I don’t have the final Election Day tallies of voters, so I’ll post that later to the same website.

Across the board, Chatham County went straight Democrat so I won’t list those races (State Senate, State House, Commissioners, Board of Elections) out in this email. The results are here.

It appears the North Carolina House (51R / 38D) and Senate (27R / 22D) will remain in Republican control, although with less majorities.

Here is my short summary of results as they stand as of 09:00 Wednesday morning. THESE ARE NOT FINAL in most cases. My guess is the news organizations are reluctant to show how far off they were in pre-election coverage and want to stretch this out as long as possible looking for more Democrat votes.

  • President: who knows? Keep praying.
  • Senate: it looks like Tillis (R) won re-election (and it looks like the Senate will remain Republican controlled)
  • US House 4; Price (D) (Democrats will remain in control of the US House)
  • US House 13: Budd (R)
  • Governor: Cooper (D)
  • Lt Governor: Robinson (R)
  • Attorney General: Stein (D)
  • Auditor: Wood (D)
  • Comm of Agriculture: Troxler (R)
  • Comm of Insurance: Causey (R)
  • Comm of Labor: Dobson (R)
  • Sec of State: Marshall (D)
  • Supt of Public Instruction: Truitt (R)
  • Treasurer: Folwell (R)
  • Supreme Court chief justice: Newby (R) (very close race at this point)
  • Supreme Court 2: Berger (R)
  • Supreme Court 4: Barringer (R)
  • Court of Appeals 4: Wood (R)
  • Court of Appeals 5: Gore (R)
  • Court of Appeals 6: Dillon (R)
  • Court of Appeals 7: Carpenter (R)
  • Court of Appeals 13: Griffin (R)

Election Day is Tuesday

Go Vote.

Our founding fathers gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for your ability to vote. Our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends fought and died to continue that right. You need to exercise that right tomorrow, or you dishonor their sacrifices.

Much of Chatham County has already voted.

  • Chatham County: 81%
    • Democrats: 82% (16,983)
    • Unaffiliated: 75% (16,202)
    • Republicans: 73% (10,112)

That is an incredibly good turnout so far for Republicans before election day. Now we need to make it as close to 100% as possible on election day. We need every vote to maintain a nation that our founders would recognize as their Republic.

That fact one has or has not voted is a matter of public record. I have pulled out the list of Chatham County Republican voter registrations. Check to see whether you have been listed as voted or not at this link. Encourage those who have not yet voted to make their plans for tomorrow.

On election day you must vote at your precinct.

MANY PRECINCT VOTING LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR due to COVID-19.

Go here for a list of the precinct poll locations.

Our President

Here is a video that will make you proud of your support for our President, and may bring a tear to your eye.

Thanks to the volunteers

This has been the most incredible election for volunteer support. From staffing the headquarters to staffing the tents, to setup and teardown each day, to website and database information, letters to the editor, graphics, talking to voters, putting out signs, supporting our candidates, wonderful donation support and much more - our volunteers have been tremendous, and we all owe them a big thanks.

Finally, from a founding father

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
― Samuel Adams

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5 days to election

Our Nation needs your Vote

Haven't voted yet? You can still cast an early ballot on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Not registered? You can also register to vote during early voting, at any early voting location. Otherwise you must vote on Tuesday, November 3 and if you are not registered by then you cannot vote on election day.

If you have a mail-in ballot and have not yet voted, you can drop off your ballot (you must also have the envelope, along with signatures) at any early voting location or the Board of Elections office. On election day you can only drop off mail-in ballots at the Board of Elections office, and only until 5pm. If you requested a mail-in ballot and have not received it ... don't wait any longer, go vote at one of the early voting sites.

Don't wait until election day to vote

Think about what might happen: it might be storming; your car might break down; you might not feel well; there might be very long lines at the polls, the power might go out, or any of a thousand other problems preventing you from voting on November 3. The ballot is long, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you don't want to wait in a long line on election day, go vote now and make sure your voice is counted. Here is a list of times and places for early voting. Early voting ends Saturday at 3pm.

Need a sample ballot for the polls? Here is the 4th Congressional district (east part of Chatham) and here is the 13th Congressional district (western part of Chatham). They are the same except for the one Congressional race.

Please remember to vote the entire ballot, front and back. All of our great candidates deserve your support.

You can see a list of everyone who has voted through the end of the day on Tuesday at this link. Note that some mail-in ballots might not yet be on the list, but all in-person early votes should be on the list. If you have voted and your name is not on the list, that is a problem. If you have not voted and your name is on the list, that is a problem. If you suspect a problem, contact the Chatham County Board of Elections at 919-545-8500 or 919-307-1586 and discuss your concerns with the staff.

Voting on Election Day

One election day you must vote at your precinct. *MANY PRECINCT VOTING LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR due to COVID-19.* Go here for a list of polling places, or go here and type your address in the search box for your polling place.

Check your information, and check for your friends and relatives who might not know about the changes. Don't go to a closed location!

Voting Statistics

As of October 27, these are the voting statistics in Chatham County. Is your name in the ‘voted’ column? Are those of your family and friends? We need a strong turnout the last three days of early voting and on election day.

Overall Chatham County: 35,127 (65%)

  • Democrats: 20,741 (70%)
  • Republicans: 7,709 (56%)
  • Unaffiliated: (12,937 (60%)

We Still Need Your Help

Can you give a few hours on election day at the polling places? These are the locations and openings at the Precinct locations. Please volunteer just a few hours of your time on Tuesday.

Precinct Location 6:30-9:30 AM 9:30 - 1:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Albright Silk Hope School 1 1 1 1
Bennett Bennett School 1 Full Full 1
Bonlee Bonlee School 2 2 1 1
Bynum Northwood HS 1 Full Full Full
E Siler City Paul Braxton Gym 1 Full Full 1
E Williams New Hope Church Full Full Full Full
Goldston JS Waters 2 1 1 2
Hadley Emmaus Baptist Church 1 1 Full 1
Harpers Crossroads Chatham Central HS 2 1 2 2
Hickory Mtn Pittsboro Elementary 1 Full Full 2
Manns Chapel Perry Harrison Elementary Full Full Full Full
New Hope Hollands Chapel Church 2 2 1 1
North Williams Governors Village Full Full Full 1
Oakland Horton Middle School 2 Full 2 2
Pittsboro Ag Center Full Full Full Full
Three Rivers Moncure School 2 2 1 2
W Siler City W Chatham Sr Center 2 2 2 2
W Williams Gathering Place Full 1 Full 1

To volunteer, simply go here and let us know you can help Make America Great Again.

From History

"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
--Daniel Webster

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10 days to election

We are living in history.

In ten days, history will be made, and perhaps not for the better. We must choose between a philosophy that believes America is inherently decent and good, or one that believes America is irreversibly racist, sexist, capitalist, white supremacist, and cannot be redeemed. Will you vote for a President who wants to move forward, or for a candidate who wants to instill fear? Will you volunteer to win this election? How do you want to be remembered in history?

At this point in the election, here are the voted tallys from Chatham County through Oct 23.

  • Percentage of registered voters who have voted: 56%
    • Percentage of Registered Democracts: 62%
    • Percentage of Registered Republicans: 45%
    • Percentage of Registered Unaffiliated: 50%

We need to raise that percentage of Republicans, and that is up to you, your family, and your friends. Here is the list of the Republicans who have voted so far. Are you on the list? In a few days I'll start publishing lists of Republicans who have not yet voted.

Jimmy Pharr endorsement

One of the Democrat candidates running for County Commissioner in March this year was Ms. Katelin Hancock. She was defeated by the incumbent Democrat commissioner. Now, Ms. Hancock has endorsed our Republican candidate Jimmy Pharr for comissioner.

"...I feel the actions and message of the current candidates do not represent the best future I would like to see for our county so I have chosen to offer my endorsement for Republican candidate JIMMY PHARR in District 2…This election will be a pivotal moment in deciding which direction our county takes during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Blind allegiance to party lines has done nothing but divide our constituents and perpetuate tensions between both sides... /s/ Katelin Hancock

Go Vote!

Please vote early. This election is too important to wait until the last minute.

Here is a list of polling places and times. During early voting you can vote at any of the polling places.

Need a sample ballot for the polls? Here is the 4th Congressional district (east part of Chatham) and here is the 13th Congressional district (western part of Chatham). They are the same except for the one Congressional race.

Election Day Voting

On Election Day (Tuesday November 3) you MUST vote at your precinct polling place. THIS YEAR YOUR LOCATION MAY HAVE CHANGED.

Go here for a list of polling places, or go here and type your address in the search box for your polling place. Check your information, and check for your friends and relatives who might not know about the changes.

Movie Time!

Learn more about candidate George Gilson for the NC House of Representatives here.

Learn more about our school board candidates:

Ryan Armstrong - Chatham County School Board candidate district 1

facebook.com/108139152565106/videos/630933821138765/

facebook.com/108139152565106/videos/594212837919048/

facebook.com/chathamjournal/videos/2376823802462811/

Dennis Lewis - Chatham County School Board Candidate district 2

facebook.com/chathamjournal/videos/364106831454915/

facebook.com/chathamjournal/videos/1108344749622249/

facebook.com/chathamjournal/videos/3371909036238484/

Watch the Latinos for Trump video here.

And for this week's tear-jerker, watch the National Anthem here.

From one of our nation's founding fathers:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their county; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
--Thomas Paine

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20 days to election

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow

To see the early voting locations and times, go here and look for the October 4 email posting. If you need a copy of the sample ballot, one is here.

Thanks!

Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked so hard this far in the election. Please continue to do so. If you are not receiving our volunteer emails, let us know you can help. We still need volunteers for our Red Tents at the polling places.

Thanks to everyone who donated after my appeal for volunteers and for donations to purchase more Trump signs. With your help we purchased another 400 Trump signs that are arriving this weekend. I can only guess that a lot of Democrats want the signs for souvenirs as they sometimes disappear as fast as we can put them out.

Thanks to the Board of Elections members and staff. They have been working hard to count absentee ballots and plan for a safe and secure election.

Go vote!

Get your family to vote! Get your friends to vote! We need a blowout election to tamp down any potential issues after Election Day. You can see what we are up against when you look at the numbers from absentee balloting so far:

  • Percent of all Chatham Democrats who have voted absentee: 18.2%
  • Percent of all Chatham Unaffiliated who have voted absentee: 12.2%
  • Percent of all Chatham Republicans who have voted absentee: 5.5%

Don’t wait until election day. Get out and vote starting tomorrow.

Remember to vote for all three commissioner candidates (Pharr, Stobbs, and Wilkie), for both conservative board of elections candidates (Armstrong and Lewis), for all of the conservative judicial candidates, for our local representatives (Glendinning and Gilson), for the Republican state-wide candidates, and of course for President Trump.

And finally, some great words from a Gene P, a Texan who knows of what he speaks:

“… each of you think of ALL the men and women who built, protected, defended and supported this country from day one.  They were great, strong willed individuals who fought like hell to be sure America was created and then stayed safe… .

Trump is fighting a war for you, me, our families and the nation.  He cannot afford to lose.  We cannot afford for him to lose… .

So here is what you need to do. No more turning off the TV. No more hunkering down and pulling the bed sheets over your head. No more wishing for the end of the campaign. The next 30 days will determine the winner. We need to get up off our collective butts, screw up some courage and help this man – … our President - help this country by winning re-election. Send emails, volunteer, knock on doors, raise money, phone bank – you name it we all need to do it. LOSING THIS ELECTION IS NOT AN OPTION!
— Gene P.

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30 days to election

President Trump

Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Trump and the First Lady and everyone else who has been infected for a quick recovery from coronavirus.

Volunteers!

Political parties are volunteer organizations. Volunteers are the lifeblood of an election season. Please consider spending four hours at a voting location handing out literature - this is critical to success. To select a location and time, just go here and sign up for the early voting tents, for supporting in the headquarters, or other areas where your help will matter.

Early Voting

Absentee voting.
If you have requested your absentee ballot, you need to send in your absentee ballot. Do it now.

Early voting schedule and procedures.
If you are not voting absentee, I strongly encourage you to vote during the early voting period. Don't wait until the last minute and have something prevent you from going to the polls on election day.

You can vote at any one of the early voting locations in Chatham County. You are not restricted to your precinct during early voting (but you must vote at your Precinct voting location on Election Day, November 3).

Early voting locations

Location Address
Goldston Goldston Town Hall, 40 Coral Avenue, Goldston NC 27252
Apex New Hope Baptist Church, 581 New Hope Church Rd, Apex NC 27523
Siler City Paul Braxton Gym, 115 S 3rd Ave, Siler City NC 27344
Governors Village 40150 Moring, Chapel Hill NC 27517
Pittsboro Ag & Conference Center, 1192 US-64 Business, Pittsboro NC 27312
Pittsboro CCCC Health Science Center, 75 Ballentrae Ct (off of 15-501 on the west), Pittsboro NC 27312

Voting hours

Day and Date Open Close
Weekdays Oct 15 - Oct 30 8 AM 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 17 and Oct 24 8:00 AM 3 PM
Saturday, Oct 31 8 AM 3 PM
Sunday, Oct 18 and Oct 25 Noon 3 PM

Sample Ballots

If you would like a sample ballot, you can see one here, you can pick up one at the Chatham GOP headquarters, or get one at the early voting locations - look for the red tent!

Absentee Ballot Shenanigans

Have you been following the absentee ballot controversy? In a nutshell:

  1. The NC State Legislature wrote some laws on how to handle absentee ballots.
  2. The left did not like the rules, and wanted different rules to harvest ballots.
  3. Democrat out-of-state attorneys and the League of Women Voters sued the Democrat North Carolina Attorney General to change the rules.
  4. The voting starts.
  5. The Democrat Attorney General and the Democrat-controlled State Board of Elections 'agree' to consent to the Democrat out-of-state attorney demands.
  6. These demands do not follow the law, so the Trump campaign and the NCGOP begin legal action.
  7. The Democrat-controlled State Board of Elections sends letters to the County Board of Elections members that they must follow the State Board of Election rules, along with a not-so-subtle hint that County Board members who do not agree can be removed by the State.
  8. Oops! A United States Judge finds that the State Board of Election new rules do not follow the law.
  9. So, now what? Who knows, but it just shows how far the left will go, in the midst of an election that has already started, to make sure that their candidates win no matter what.

Final thoughts

Can you feel the momentum in Chatham County? It's with our conservative values from the Presidential Race to the Local Races. I heard a quote about the difference between our President and former Vice President Biden:

Paraphrasing, President Trump believes in the greatness of America, our Constitution, and our values; Biden is controlled by people who want to destroy the foundation of our Nation. You need to vote accordingly.

And for a historical quote that speaks to much of our current issues:

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

― Alexis de Tocqueville

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Interested in my earlier election day emails? See them at this link.