ELECTION 2020 NC: Absentee Ballot Requests BLAST Through 2016 Levels Amid Pandemic Panic

RALEIGH – North Carolina was in the national spotlight during the fall and winter of 2018. The state’s 9th Congressional District was embroiled in an electoral fraud scandal that resulted in a re-do election. The fraud centered on absentee ballots, the harvesting of such ballots, and brought to the fore the acute vulnerabilities of such balloting practices.

Democrats were all too willing to inflate the scandal as evidence of ‘Republicans Bad’ instead of the fraud opportunities presented by absentee ballot harvesting.

Here we are in 2020, after months of Pandemic Panic, and Democrats in North Carolina and around the country are pushing absentee ballots with all their might. We suspect that this push is not made despite the absentee ballots vulnerability to illegal harvesting and fraud, but BECAUSE of these vulnerabilities.

And a TON of people are making those ballot requests, when compared to 2016.

The online portal to request an absentee ballot hasn’t even opened yet! That doesn’t go live until September 4, and STILL the requests are more than 10x the rate at this same point in 2016.

Lest you think it’s an even balance of Rs and Ds requesting these ballots, the data indicates that the requests are majorly skewed toward those Kool-Aid drinkers currently donning tin foil hats, pointing fingers at the Postmaster General, and subscribing to the narrative the CODI-19 is an automatic death sentence.

With Democrats driving much of the huge spike in absentee ballot requests, it is no surprise that the biggest numbers come from the very blue counties. W[o]ke County is, of course, leading the charge.

Many of these counties are doubling and tripling their total 2016 numbers  :

In a couple of weeks, the online portal for making such absentee ballot requests will open. Moreover, Dr. Michael Bitzer (the brains behind Old North State Politics data analysis shared here), notes that the first batches of processed requests will also be sent out starting on September 4. He figures that means the first tranches of filled out, returned, and accepted absentee ballots will be making it to county boards of elections around September 11 — the arbitrary (and tentative) expiration of the current ‘Phase 2’ lockdown orders from Governor Roy Cooper.

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