Friday, November 7, 2008

Last State to Be Called: North Carolina

Better late than never they say. NBC News and the Associated Press both called North Carolina for Obama yesterday.  North Carolina had 15 electoral votes in play.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections will certify the results within the next two weeks.

With that last call in North Carolina we can finally say the Election of 2008 is completed.  However, we will be posting a review of the results on this page in the coming days.  

Right now we encourage you to visit The Arc of North Carolina Policy Blog as we do some live blogging from New Mexico at The Arc of US Annual Conference.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Thanks for Joining Us

Tonight was amazing. To see history made in our state as we elected the first woman to the governor's mansion and in our nation as we elected the first African-American to the White House was inspirational and deeply moving.  Our nation and our state has proved yet again that democracy works.  

Tomorrow we will have a wrap up of all the state races.  There are still a few that have not been called.  

Tonight, celebrate democracy. 

Walter Dalton Wins Lt. Governor of NC Seat

Walter Dalton has won the Lt. Governor seat.  Senator Dalton defeated Senator Pittenger.

Barack Obama Has Won the Presidency

Senator Barack Obama has won Election 2008.  Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States of America.

Electoral College:

Obama/Biden 297

McCain/Palin 139

Bev Perdue Wins the Governors Seat and Makes History

Lt. Governor Bev Perdue has won her race and in doing so has become the first woman to become governor of North Carolina.

US House Races: We Have the Following Reports

US House: WRAL Reports the following results. Winners are highlighted in bold.

US House District 1
G. K. Butterfield (D) (i)145,79970%
Dean Stephens (R)63,81730%
(Last updated 10:31 p.m., Precincts: 72% reporting)

US House District 2
Bob Etheridge (D) (i)145,70465%
Dan Mansell (R)73,52333%
Will Adkins (L)3,7732%
(Last updated 10:31 p.m., Precincts: 76% reporting)

US House District 3
Walter Jones (R) (i)133,69167%
Craig Weber (D)64,79833%
(Last updated 10:31 p.m., Precincts: 69% reporting)

US House District 4
David Price (D) (i)238,13465%
William Lawson (R)128,83235%
(Last updated 9:51 p.m., Precincts: 97% reporting)

US House District 5
Virginia Foxx (R) (i)181,02158%
Roy Carter (D)131,01242%
(Last updated 10:23 p.m., Precincts: 93% reporting)

US House District 6
Howard Coble (R) (i)207,26566%
Teresa Sue Bratton (D)104,43934%
(Last updated 10:27 p.m., Precincts: 90% reporting)

US House District 7
Mike McIntyre (D) (i)175,25569%
Will Breazeale (R)80,41131%
(Last updated 10:31 p.m., Precincts: 82% reporting)

US House District 8
Larry Kissell (D)93,49953%
Robin Hayes (R) (i)81,43547%
(Last updated 10:09 p.m., Precincts: 39% reporting)

US House District 9
Sue Myrick (R) (i)198,43961%
Harry Taylor (D)120,04037%
Andy Grum (L)5,1932%
(Last updated 10:23 p.m., Precincts: 69% reporting)

US House District 10
Patrick McHenry (R) (i)160,41857%
Daniel Johnson (D)120,28143%
(Last updated 10:31 p.m., Precincts: 88% reporting)

US House District 11
Heath Shuler (D) (i)199,01262%
Carl Mumpower (R)113,50636%
Keith Smith (L)6,9472%
(Last updated 10:27 p.m., Precincts: 81% reporting)

US House District 13
Brad Miller (D) (i)164,59767%
Hugh Webster (R)81,82733%
(Last updated 10:27 p.m., Precincts: 89% reporting)

US House District 12
Mel Watt (D) (i)195,22572%
Ty Cobb (R)76,24128%

North Carolina Updates: Election 2008

So far the only seat called in North Carolina in a state wide race is Kay Hagan for US Senate.  

We are waiting for the remainders of counties to report so that we can report the other wins.

Presidential Race Results Update: Electoral College

Here we go again:

Obama/Biden   207

McCain/Palin  135

Presidential Race Results Update: Electoral College

Magic Number is 270 folks....

Obama/Biden 200

McCain/Palin  85

Presidential Race Results Update: Electoral College

Electoral College Update:

Obama/Biden   174

McCain/Palin 49

Presidential Race Results Update: Electoral College

Electoral College Vote Update:  Number to Meet 270

Obama/Biden  103

McCain/Palin   58

North Carolina US Senate Race: Kay Hagan Wins

Kay Hagan has won the her race.  She has taken the seat previously occupied by Senator Elizabeth Dole.

Presidential Race Results: First Two State are Called

Here we go folks:

Vermont: Projected Winner is Obama  (3 Electoral Votes)

Kentucky: Projected Winner is McCain  (8 Electoral Votes)

Election 2008: Thirty Minutes To Go In North Carolina

We have thirty minutes before polls close in North Carolina.  At least two polls in North Carolina will be open later than planned.

Election 2008: One Hour Thirty Minute

Polls in North Carolina are scheduled to close at 7:30PM....we will begin the report shortly after that.

Blogging the Results

We will be blogging the results from North Carolina tonight.  We will also be blogging states as they are called.  The magic number is 270 for the Presidential race.  The candidate reaching 270 in the Electoral College will be packing up and heading to the White House.

We will be checking multiple sources prior to reporting on any states result.

Poll Closing Times

Except for two polling places...all polling sites in North Carolina will be closing at 7:30 PM.

Very important: If you are in line at 7:30 PM you will be able to vote!  Stay in line!  Cast your ballot and make your choice!

Election 2008 Breaking News: Two Polling Places Have Extended Hours

WRAL News is reporting that two polling places have extended there hours.  Please check this link to read the full story and to see if these are your polling places.

North Carolina Ballot Reminder

Ok as you head to the polls here is another tip:

How to vote on a North Carolina ballot?

We have a multiple part ballot so make sure you fill it all out!

1. Vote for Your Choice for President.
2. You have an option AFTER you vote for President to either vote a straight Democratic ticket or Republican ticket.
3. You then can vote for the partisan candidates.
4. Flip the ballot and vote for the judges.

Blogging the Election

Join us tonight as we follow the results of Election 2008 as it happens.  

If you are registered to vote and have not yet voted....we have two words for you...Go Vote!!!!!

Election 2008: Your Voting Rights!!

Today Tuesday, November 4th the voters across our nation will chose who should lead our country.  People with disabilities will be heading to their polling places to cast important votes.  We want you to know that you have laws that protect you in the polling places.  

Here is what you need to know:

If I Have Registered to Vote and The Poll Worker Says I am NOT on the Roll:

If you are registered to vote and for whatever reason the poll workers do not find your name on the list of registered voters please ask for a provisional ballot.

The North Carolina Board of Elections site states the following on Voter Accessibility for people with disabilities:

Voting Accessibility: The Laws that Protect Me As A Voter With A Disability.
North Carolina boards of elections are committed to ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Most polling places in the State are accessible to all voters.

Unfortunately, some localities do not have the available structures or adequate funding to alter them. Contact your county board of elections to learn more about your particular voting facility. Note the “reassignment of polling place” provision should your polling place not be accessible in the near future.

Adaptive technology and ballots in accessible media are available upon request. Contact your County Board office and make them aware of your voting needs.

When a voter with a disability appears to vote at his or her precinct on election day, he or she may take advantage of the provisions in G.S. 163-155 and G.S. 163-152(a).


If a disabled voter does not wish to vote curbside, and the polling place is not sufficiently equipped to allow comfortable or adequate entrance to the building, there is another option in G.S. 163-130:
"G.S. 163-130. Satellite voting places. A county board of elections may, upon approval of a request submitted in writing to the State Board of Elections, establish a plan whereby elderly or disabled voters in a precinct may vote at designated sites within the precinct other than the regular voting place for that precinct. The State Board of Elections shall approve a county board's proposed plan if:

All the satellite voting places to be used are listed in the county's written request
The plan will in the State Board's judgment overcome a barrier to voting by the elderly or disabled persons;
Adequate security against fraud is provided for; and
The plan does not unfairly favor or disfavor voters with regard to race or party affiliation.


"G.S. 163-166.9. Aged and disabled persons allowed to vote outside voting enclosure. In any primary or election any qualified voter who is able to travel to the voting place, but because of age, or physical disability and physical barriers encountered at the voting place is unable to enter the voting place or enclosure to vote in person without physical assistance, shall be allowed to vote either in the vehicle conveying such person to the voting place or in the immediate proximity of the voting place. . ."


"G.S. 163-166.8. Assistance to voters in primaries and general elections. In a primary or general election, a registered voter qualified to vote in the primary or general election shall be entitled to assistance in getting to and from the voting booth and in preparing his ballots in accordance with the following rules:

Any voter shall be entitled to assistance from a near relative of his [her] choice.

Any voter in any of the following four categories shall be entitled to assistance from a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union:

1. One who, on account of physical disability, is unable to enter the voting booth without assistance;

2. One who, on account of physical disability, is unable to mark his ballots without assistance;

3. One who, on account of illiteracy, is unable to mark his ballots without assistance;

4. One who, on account of blindness, is unable to enter the voting booth or mark his ballots without assistance."


The NC State Board of Elections at 866-522-4723.

Democracy North Carolina at 888-OUR-VOTE.

The Election Protection National Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

North Carolina Republican Party - 1-919-828-6423 Extension 146

North Carolina Democratic Party 1-919-394-0403.

North Carolina Polls Are Open! Important Information.

Polling sites across North Carolina opened this morning at 6:30am.

At my polling site, by 6:30 am there was a line around the church.  The husband reported that he was number 39 this morning.  I used Early Vote along with 2.6 million of my closest friends.

Here is some important information:
Polling sites are scheduled to close this evening at 7:30pm.  If you are in line at 7:30pm you will be allowed to cast your ballot.  So...stay in line and vote!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Check Your Registration and Find Your Polling Place

Tomorrow is the day folks!  Please take some time tonight to check your registration and to find your polling place.

Here is how to do it.....
Voter Look Up (this is the link to check your voter registration)

Polling Place Locator (this is where you go to check where your polling place is)

We encourage you to take time tomorrow to vote!