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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.


40 days to election

Supreme Court. Our condolences to the friends and family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was admired by many for her commitment to her principles. Now, though, we have even more responsibility to vote and make sure President Trump can continue moving our nation back to conservative and constitutional principles. The Senate Democrats displayed their true colors during the ugly Justice Kavanaugh hearings. They will try to do so again to whoever is selected by President Trump. They would do the same to any one of us.

Trump's second term agenda. Check out this link https://www.donaldjtrump.com/media/trump-campaign-announces-president-trumps-2nd-term-agenda-fighting-for-you/ to see what President Trump has in store for his second term.

Voting Absentee voting is going on now; early voting starts on October 15. I'll have more details on where and when to vote during early voting in my next newsletter.

Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates. Here is the debate schedule:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: The first presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: The vice presidential debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page will moderate.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15. The second presidential debate will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN Networks, will moderate.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22. The third presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kristen Welker, co-anchor of “Weekend Today” and NBC News’ White House correspondent, will moderate.

Candidate material. Come by the headquarters and pick up yard signs, bumper stickers, MAGA hats and candidate information. This is the finest HQ we have had in many years, and it's conveniently located just south of the circle in Pittsboro between the Mod and the ABC store. Open weekdays and Saturdays.

Volunteer. All of us have a responsibility to maintain our constitutional government. We must stand against those who want to control our every action and thought and will use any legal or illegal method to gain that control. How are you going to help this election season? Your vote is expected. Your help is needed. Please volunteer for just a few hours at one of the polling locations, or be an inside observer watching for any shenanigans across the voting process. Go to https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 and let us know the country can count on you at this time. If you want to be an inside observer let me know right away - I have to submit your name to the board of elections.

Be brave. Remember you are not alone in this fight, and we need your support.

An inspirational video. Profound wisdom from an Englishman: https://youtu.be/6cRixEuaKRk.

Finally, this week's quote. We live in times that are perilous to our Constitution.

The consequence of citizen inaction, at this perilous moment, is to put at risk the Constitution, our way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If law abiding patriots across the country do not take prudent action, if they remain subdued and silent, then our nation will be fundamentally altered and cease to function as a republic.
-- Excerpt from Insurrection & Violence, ©2019 Unconstrained Analytics, Inc.

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50 days to election

Reagan Day meet-the-candidates. As you probably have heard, we turned our annual Reagan Day dinner into a virtual opportunity to see and hear from many of the local and state candidates. Tune in at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 19 using Zoom to see the event. You must have a Zoom account (get one at zoom.us if you do not have a free zoom account) to attend.

Here is the login link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84457687210?pwd=Q2QxUDdta1FTdC95RzRFTm1oR1lIQT09

Meeting ID: 844 5768 7210
Passcode: 738612

Sample Ballots. Each year we prepare sample ballots with our recommended candidates. You can see this year's recommended candidates here. If you would like a paper copy just come by our headquarters and get one. You can also get candidate material and Trump signs. Stop and say hello!

Absentee Ballots. Have you requested your absentee ballot? Have you filled it out and returned it? Still need one? Go here for absentee ballot information.

Thinking about elections, patriotism, and love of country - consider the most recent Medal Of Honor recipient, Sergeant Major Thomas Payne. SGM Payne received his medal on September 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read his story, and try to keep a dry eye as you think about the sacrifices our men and women in the military, our police and other first responders, and others have made throughout our history to keep our country a strong Republic.

Do you believe 'someone else will do everything?'. You won't get medals for volunteering, but everyone needs to help! Please volunteer this election season, and bring a friend.

Finally, closing with a quote from Thomas Paine, who helped inspire the American patriots to declare independence from Great Britain:

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. Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
— Thomas Paine

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60 days to election

Absentee ballots. If you have requested an absentee ballot, those begin to get mailed on September 4. Absentee ballots are NOT AUTOMATICALLY sent to North Carolina voters. You may request an absentee ballot at https://www.chathamnc.org/home/showdocument?id=50995 or at https://www.ncsbe.gov. If you don’t receive a ballot about a week after requesting one, contact the board of elections at (919) 545-8500.

You can return your ballot by mail, or in person at the Board of Elections office (984 Thompson St, Pittsboro NC 27312), or in person at an early voting site. There are no ballot drop boxes. An individual may only return their own ballot, or that of a near relative (spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother- father- daughter- or son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or legal guardian). NO ONE ELSE can legally return your ballot. If someone other than one of those tries to return your ballot, please contact the Chatham Republican Party at ChathamNCGOP@gmail.com.

To check and see if your completed, returned ballot has been received, visit the North Carolina board of elections website at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

If you ask for an absentee ballot and then later decide to vote in person - great! All you have to do is destroy your unsubmitted absentee ballot. Once you submit your absentee ballot, however, you are done. You cannot later vote in person or change your ballot.

Sample ballots. We will be sending Republican sample ballots in the next couple of weeks. Look for yours in the mail with our recommended candidates. Remember this year we have a multi-page ballot. You will need to vote all pages, all the way to the end of the ballot.

Precinct Chairs! Interested in going all-in to support conservative principles and candidates? Then consider becoming a Precinct Chair. We have openings in several precincts for this important organizing role. If you might be interested, send an email to ccgop_chair@pm.me for more information.

Reagan Day meet-the-candidates. Due to the Governor’s restrictions on meetings during covid, we regret our 2020 Reagan Day Dinner must go ‘virtual’ this year. We have a full lineup of conservative candidates who will speak. Please plan on attending from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on September 19, 2020 via Zoom. I will send out the login information a few days before the event.

Volunteering. We hope to have volunteers at each of the early voting and election day sites, and as inside voting observers at each voting site. Both these roles are vitally important this year. We will need almost 6,000 volunteer hours to make that goal. We live in a free America now because our forefathers volunteered their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor over 200 years ago. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices. Please volunteer just a few (or more!) hours this election season to maintain the United States as the greatest country on earth. Go to https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 and let us know we can count on you between now and November.

Local Profiles in Courage. A special thanks this week to our two Chatham County Board of Elections members, Charles Ramos and Frank Dunphy. They stood up for conservative principles in the face of Democrat board member verbal attacks at the most recent board of elections meeting. Good job! Now, it is up to all of us to show courage for our principles in Chatham County.

Old Fashioned Farmers Day. Looking for something to do on Labor Day weekend? The 45th Old Fashioned Farmers Days at Silk Hope is happening on Saturday and Sunday. Many of our local Republican candidates will be around the broadcasters booth at 11:00 am on Saturday. Be sure to wear your MAGA hats. (Wait - you don't have a MAGA hat? Get one at the Chatham GOP headquarters in Pittsboro.)

Looking for something else to do? Our Orange County neighbors are having a 'BBQ, Bluegrass & The Bill of Rights' barbecue on October 3 in Hillsborough, to support the Judicial Candidates. More information is here: https://orange.nc.gop/bbq_and_bluegrass.

Finally this week, some historic words:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

― Benjamin Franklin

Thanks for reading.
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70 days to election

70 days until election. Have you thought about how you are going to cast your ballot this year?

In North Carolina, you have several methods to cast your vote.
On election day, November 3, you must vote in your precinct. MOST ELECTION-DAY VOTING LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR due to Covid precautions. Do not plan on going to the voting location you used in the past, as most likely it will be not be there. More on that in a later email.
For two weeks before election day, you can vote in-person at one of the early voting locations. I’ll put out more information about that in a couple weeks.
You can request an absentee ballot now. If for some reason you might not get to the polls in person, any registered voter can vote with an absentee ballot. That is a great primary or backup plan in case something happens and you can’t get to the polls. If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here and register. If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here now. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to send in your absentee vote, but now you have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4. If you vote absentee you cannot later vote in person.
The North Carolina absentee ballot procedure seems to be secure. Each ballot will have a barcode that the voter can use to check the progress of the ballot from mailing to deliver to voting at the board of elections.
You can check your voters registration by going to this website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/

Early Voting. The days for early voting in each North Carolina county are determined by a unanimous vote of the Board of Elections members. This year the three Democrat members have pushed to expand early voting on Sunday. The three Republican members have voted against Sunday voting. Since they could not agree, the decision now goes to the State Board of Elections meeting on August 31. You can express your opinion at https://bit.ly/3ipadmf no later than noon on August 27. Please do so.

Reagan Day Dinner. Because we cannot plan on what edict will come next from Governor Cooper regarding coronavirus, we cannot hold this year’s Reagan Day dinner in person. Please plan on attending our virtual Reagan Day meet-the-candidate event on September 19. A future newsletter will have login information for the event.

Volunteer. We would like to have volunteers all day at every one of the polling places this year to hand out sample ballots and answer voter’s questions about candidates. Please consider spending some time with your fellow patriots this year, and volunteer for this important work. Simply go here and let us know if you can help.

From one of our nation’s Founding Fathers:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must … undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
― Tom Paine

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80 days to election

We are in a culture war - a soft war that will determine our country’s future. Our forefathers fought and died for precious freedoms that we take for granted. Those freedoms are under attack, as are values we have long cherished. It seems like every four years someone says this is the most important election of our lifetimes. I am beginning to think that is true every four years, because the country as we know it is at risk every four years from those would turn America into a socialist nation. I learned a new term the other day - the ‘ratchet effect’ - meaning government never loosens any restrictions, but just tightens them further.
 
If you want to save our country - then VOTE.  If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and register. Go and register here.

If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here now. As of now we are satisfied that (in North Carolina at least) absentee ballots can be counted fairly. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to vote your absentee ballot, but now you must have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4.

If you want to help save our country, volunteer with the local Republican Party. We are all volunteers; we need your help in making phone calls, staffing the local headquarters, putting out signs, knocking on doors, handing out literature at the polls, and talking to our friends and neighbors. Please consider being a volunteer, and sign up at https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020.

And finally, a modern fairy tale.

The Ant and the Grasshopper (credits to Ann Corcoran and Aileen)
Old Version
The ant works hard in the North Carolina summer heat, maintaining her home and laying in supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies in the cold.
 
Modern Version
The ant works hard in the North Carolina summer heat, maintaining her home and laying in supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and shivering.
North Carolina newspapers, television stations and Antifa show up to take pictures of the shivering grasshopper and post them on their Facebook pages next to a video of the ant in her cozy home with a table filled with food. Chatham progressives are stunned by the contrast.
Occupy the Anthill hires protestors to stage a demonstration on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
Governor Cooper holds a press conference and publishes an executive order condemning the excesses of the ant, and promises executive action to redistribute the ant’s food. He blames President Trump, Senator Tillis, and every conservative everywhere for the grasshopper’s fate.
Finally, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners enacts an ordinance to prevent excessive storing of food, increases taxes on private property, and funds a committee to study how to help the grasshoppers in our community.
The ant moves out of Chatham County.

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90 days to election

In 90 days we hold our elections.

  • If you believe not being offended is more important than Freedom of Speech, then don’t vote.
  • If you don’t like guns and therefore believe no one else should have them, then don’t vote.
  • If you want your taxes to go up, then don’t vote.
  • If you want more activist judges who ignore the Constitution, then don’t vote.
  • If you want to see China gain increased power in the world, then don’t vote.
  • If you want to defund the police and see more violence in our cities, then don’t vote.
  • If you believe ‘fairness’ is more important than freedom, then don’t vote.
  • If you believe ‘equal outcome’ is more important than ‘equal opportunity’, then don’t vote.
  • If you want your children and grandchildren to grow up in a socialist nation, then don’t vote.

If you want to save our country - then VOTE. If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here and register. If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, here right now, and do so. Go here now. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to vote absentee, but now you have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4.

If you want to help save our country, please volunteer with the local Republican Party. We are all volunteers; we need your help in making phone calls, staffing the local headquarters, putting out signs, knocking on doors, handing out literature at the polls, and talking to our friends and neighbors. Please consider being a volunteer, and sign up at  https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 .

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Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

One of the members of the Chatham County Republican Party is a victim of child sexual abuse. She wanted to personally tell her story and advocate for abuse survivors but is afraid for her family’s safety given verbal and physical attacks from across the country on those who oppose the Democratic Party. This letter comes from her experience.

The current North Carolina Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and her Democrat majority recently decided a case in favor of two convicted child sex predators. For details, see the July 2020 Carolina Journal article titled “Competitors for top court position take opposing sides in sex predator case”, by Mitch Kokai. That article highlights voting differences between Governor Cooper’s appointed Chief Justice Beasley (D) and Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby (R). Both convictions were reversed by the Democrat majorities on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

According to the website Lauren’s Kids, one-fourth of all girls and one-fifth of all boys will be victims of sex abuse before the age of 18. Twenty percent of the victims are solicited on the internet. Plus there are those that go unreported. Statistics show that one child sexual predator can offend an average of 117 times in their lifetime. Once is too many.

As a survivor of long-term child sexual abuse, who has kept silent for over 40 years, our colleague wants to speak to those who have suffered from this crime on their bodies, hearts, minds and souls that they will forever carry. She has this message: educate yourselves and decide for whom to vote. Please consider voting for Justice Paul Newby for the North Carolina Supreme Court, and all the conservative candidates running for judicial positions. We must change our supreme court to one that follows the law to protect our children, not the predators. We have three months, North Carolina. Use your voice to vote.

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