RALEIGH – Until then, we’re left to wait. Why? Because just a few weeks ago, the Cooper-appointed Board of Elections settled a lawsuit with a big Democrat lawyer, agreeing to extend the acceptance date for absentee ballots to November 12.
So, even though the margin for President Trump seemingly puts victory out of reach for the Democrat, we’ll hang in suspended animation for for another full week.
Trump’s margin is approximately 77,000. Outstanding ballots are about 117,000. That is the total of absentee ballot REQUESTS that have not yet been returned. Every election, a good portion of requested absentee ballots are requested, but never submitted.
Even though this is 2020, we’ll assume that the trend continues and not all of those requests are coming back. More importantly, we’ll presume the ballots that are returned are not going to break for Biden by 90 percent.
There are certainly races so close that the results could change with just a few thousand votes, but the presidential race for North Carolina is not one of them. The math just doesn’t make sense. Why are they waiting, then?
Well, as we wait, and North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes are withheld from President Donald Trump, the nation watches a spurious storm engulfing swing states and Deep Blue urban centers like Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Litigation has already begun, with suits filed in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and more to come.
Back here in the Old North State, questions still remain.
Absentee ballots can be accepted until November 12. However, they must have been postmarked by election day. About 117,000 absentee ballots remain ‘out there’ somewhere, in order to count they must have been put in the mail on November 3 or earlier.
Where are they? What post offices are still handling absentee ballots in North Carolina?
How do we not have more information about the number ballots taken in by USPS by election day, but not yet delivered to county boards of elections? This information qould be quite useful in determining whether Biden has any chance at all of catching up to Trump.
Why, in 2020, in the age of instant communication, are we left adrift in the dark as if this information is totally unattainable?