Post-Election analysis paralysis

True story: There are a lot of stupid people in this country. I don't mean slow; I'm talking fall into a open mineshaft stupid.

Posted by Steve Harrison on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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That's all I've got

The synapses are not firing, EEG is like a flat line with an occasional tiny blip that may just be a malfunction or a stray neutrino. The lights are on, but...Okay, you get the message.

I prefer to politely ...

... call it an Apartheid Christian white-minority rule.

The Apartheid system in South Africa was legislated into place in 1948. It officially ended in the 1990s, but the country continues to struggle with racism, particularly with issues surrounding immigration and refugees.

I don't see a political solution to this problem in the US and don't think that changing demographics will make the problem go away in my lifetime.

NC and mail in ballots

If you're wondering why several races in NC haven't been called, the AP is reporting that there are 200,000 outstanding mail-in ballots that were sent out. They have until 11/21 to be received.

The margin of victory for the Presidential race in NC has been anywhere from 14,000 to 173,000 votes since the 2008 election, so it remains too close to call.

That should be 11/12

Unfortunately, that huge number may be an effect of an early push to get people to request a mail-in ballot to be on the safe side. The ones that were received by 5 pm yesterday have already been counted (unless I'm sorely mistaken). So we're talking about absentee ballots mailed between the beginning of last week up to the ones postmarked yesterday. I'll be surprised if that's over 20,000, frankly.

I could be wrong, but I'm all out of hope today.

I think it also includes ...

... some absentee ballots that may have been lost in the mail.

Someone I worked with sent in their ballot several weeks ago and it didn't arrive by Monday. She had to go in and vote in person and the mailed ballot, if it was received, the BOE told her the mailed ballot would be marked as "spoiled" and not counted.

I've been hearing reports of problems with mail processing and delivery in the Greensboro area for the past couple of months or so. My coworker's ballot came from outside Guilford county, but all the mail from there goes to Greensboro for sorting and processing. A friend of mine in Greensboro had an important retirement check that got lost a month ago and had to be recut and sent again. Other friends in the Greensboro area are reporting packages that are getting lost or getting stuck for weeks in that processing center.

So this could realistically be due to problems created by DeJoy's direct attempts to delay ballots in the USPS.