Don't forget to vote

And don't remember to vote, but then decide it's a waste of time, or you don't feel strongly enough about either one to make a choice, or you're disgusted about some of the tactics, or whatever other reason that might keep you home. You need to vote today because your voice needs to be heard.

As Progressives in North Carolina, we have far too many examples and indicators that we are in a distinct minority. But even with that seemingly insurmountable barrier, many of our ideas have found wider acceptance and have been implemented. Partially because they're good ideas, but also because of the energy with which they're presented. And taking an active role in the political process, which includes voting, helps sustain that energy that is so critical.

And we're going to need some serious energy in the months to come, folks. The fundraising deficit between Richard Burr and the candidate we choose today is staggering. Not only will a monumental (mostly volunteer) GOTV effort be required to counter some of those dollars, we also need to do everything in our power to introduce the real Richard Burr to the people he's supposed to represent.

We did this two years ago with Liddy Dole, and we can do it again. For those who write that victory off to Obama's coattails, keep in mind that Kay won by a considerably larger margin than the President did. Many of those were "disaffection" votes; people who realized that Dole had her own agenda that only rarely meshed with the needs of North Carolinians, and Burr's record is not much different.

We're going to continue to scrutinize Burr's behavior and his paymasters, but we need your help. If you read where he says something stupid, which pretty much happens every time he opens his mouth, write about it. If you notice a contradiction between what he's actually done and what his campaign propaganda claims he's done, write about it. Don't assume that someone else will cover it; this guy's a frickin' ghost, okay? He's been flying under the radar since shortly after Ace of Base Saw The Sign. He's got to be one of the most underreported Congressmen in history.

But first, go out and vote today. Get charged up.



First person to show up at Center Waynesville precinct this morning...I would be surprised if there were more than 50 voters turn out in our little corner of the world.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Ballot cast

Ready to do battle over the summer and into the fall.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Wishful thinking...

Wouldn't it be nice if the candidates and campaigns would honor the tradition of not starting their campaigns until Labor Day....At least give us a break from the robo-calls!!!!!


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Richard Burr's votes -- years and years of them

...not in the US Senate, but in the US House.

I'd love to see some reporting on his votes on Graham-Leach-Bliley (that repealed Glass-Steagall for the banksters, and got us in this financial hellhole).

Burr has been in Washington for a long time.

Speaking in pop music language. Burr has been in DC since Coolio had the hit "Gangsta's Paradise" (video here)

Personally I like the Weird Al parody, Amish Paradise.


#4 in my precinct

by 8:50 a.m. I thought one of the poll workers was actually going to hug me for a minute there. Slow day.

I was invited to come back

I was invited to come back ... and I just came in for an I voted sticker. They were at #15.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Vote early...

...and often!


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

from what I am told turnout is way down

This is both in the early voting and in today's voting so far. The precinct which are considered the black precincts are running behind those which are considered the white precincts but both are down. There is one democratic primary for State Senate, possibly some county races but I do not know of any. In 1996 Mrs. Marshall finished second in the first primary, to a black lady from Winston Salem, she won the runoff 52-48, on the help of a series of county commisioner run offs in the eastern part of the state. Without those runoffs she probable would have lost the primary, does anyone know if there are other county wide runoffs than the one state senate seat. As for that seat I do not know which candidate benefits more, it is closer to Marshall's home, but it is also a district that has alot of military vets in it which could help Cunningham. I think this one is going to be closer than some on here think. I say Marshall wins 52-48.

low turnout

It looks like, anecdotally at least, turnout is horrible low. My friend texted me that, at 1pm, he was the 11th person to vote in an urban precinct in Raleigh.

Neither of the two campaigns had much incentive to do anything to increase the turnout - that's really the NCDP's job. Did the NCDP do anything to try to increase the turnout?

Hopefully a lot of people early voted

since runoffs tend towards only die-hard voters anyways, maybe a good chunk of them early voted. When I voted 2 weeks ago I was number 202. I heard later someone was voter 500something for Orange County... don't know where the total ended up though.

If they did, I can't say

Did the NCDP do anything to try to increase the turnout?

much for their technique.

Hopefully they were just laying low (unlike Fetzer's probably counter-productive inter-party shenanigans). After today, though, they better come out swinging.

I got their e-mails

that is probably about it. There seemed to be a lot of turnout at the Orange County Democratic Party convention and Hackney & Price & others were there to speak and do the rounds to rally the troops at many of the conventions.

I remember them emphasizing the danger of GOP controlling redistricting as a motivating factor.

I'm a cell phone user living in an apartment complex so I'm not an ideal target for phone calls or canvassing so I can't say if any of that was done.

I've certainly been invited by e-mail to the new OCDP HQ to do phone banking for this election. I've received regular e-mails from the OCDP to turnout for this election as well. So I think the county certainly did a good job, and props to Hackney & Price too.

We voted about 9AM and were the 70th and 71st.

I was surprised because there is also a Republican primary run-off for county Commissioner. Anyway, it looks like a light turnout. The precinct worker thanked us for voting. I replied... too many people have died to give us this privilege and to not vote is an insult to their sacrifice.

Apathy has gotten us where we are...and it looks as if apathy is going to keep us there.

Stan Bozarth

stupid #*%@ elections board

They made it so hard to vote early in Guilford County, I almost didn't. I know they had to do this runoff on the cheap but having only the 2 Court houses open was a nightmare in parking and navigation. I told the poll worker that they need to make it EASY to vote, not put metal detectors and parking decks in the path. He said by law they have to have the main offices open while voting was going on. I said fine but open 2 Senior centers as well so people who can't climb stairs and walk a long way aren't discouraged.

Geez, it mad me angry.

I Can't Wait

I was 100% for this runoff but I've got to admit I can' wait until it is over.

Early voting in Orange was in Hillsborough not easily accessible or on the way for many that live in Chapel Hill/Carrboro so I am hoping there was MUCH greater turnout today than during early voting.

Either way it was all die-hards today, I'm guessing very very few casual voters were interested in the outcome of this primary election runoff.

I sucked it up

and voted at 7:25 just as polls were closing. In the biggest precinct in the county I was number 201. I heard turnout was low in other areas as well.