These Times are not Normal; NixAllSix; Early Voting Data; Notable Mentions; Events
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These Times Are Not Normal

After one of the most stressful weeks of this administration, with over a dozen pipe bombs mailed to Trump critics and a list of 100 more potential targets found, the awful hate crime murders in Kentucky of Maurice Stallard and Vicky Lee Jones, the anti-Semitic massacre at The Tree of Life synagogue and the bullying incident which resulted in the fatal shooting death of Bobby McKeithen at Butler High School in Matthews, NC, it's no wonder people are stressed, depressed, tired and worried. Having a complete void in our country's leadership can make us feel isolated and fearful. 

StrongerNC was invited to attend a book signing of Hope and Other Superpowers by John Pavlovitz this week in Wake Forest, and a question asked by one of the 100+ attendees was "What if the results of this election don't go our way? What if this turns into a validation of everything the Trump administration stands for?" That is truly a scary thought, and one we should all keep in mind. With gerrymandering and a lack of vocal support from moderate Republicans we can not eliminate this possibility. 

John's answer was from the heart, but it was hard to hear. "We can't say it all falls apart. We have to say we have work to do." His message was clear, regardless of next week's outcome. "Decide what you want to see more of in the world. Is it compassion? Generosity? Tolerance? Activism? Whatever you want to see more of is YOUR superpower. Go forth and use it." And while the arc of the universe may bend to moral justice it won't bend by itself. We are the arc benders, the damn givers, the hopeful. It is up to us to push and pull it into shape, and lean on each other when we need a rest. 

This week our superpower is our VOTE. And while we can use it ourselves, we can also multiply it by ensuring others use it too. 

Rain is in the forecast for November 6, so vote early and you'll also get taken off the weekend canvassing list! Do you know someone who hasn't voted yet and may need some information? Please share this NC Voter Resource Guide.

Here is a list of various resources on why the Constitutional Amendments are bad news:

Turnout Data Can Give You Precinct Level Information

This new app from Elizabeth Sbrocco (@EJSbrocco) is tracking early voting turnout at the state, county and precinct level - by party. Check it out here, and see how much more encouragement your precinct needs! If you don't know your precinct number, you can look it up by your voter record at the NC State Board of Elections. 

If you want to make a difference in your precinct turnout, search your name at
Neighbor 2 Neighbor and find voters on your street whom you can encourage. You can also find out if friends have voted already on the NCSBE website, so you can focus on those who haven't.

Be mindful that the high numbers of early voters can be misleading - these include highly motivated voters who will most likely have voted regardless. Since we have an 18 day window to vote early, there's no telling yet how much this turnout will draw from the normal Election Day turnout. Don't be complacent! Please continue to ask those you come in contact with if they've voted yet. 

Here is the overall Early Voting Turnout as compared to 2014 and 2016: 

And by Party Turnout:

Notable Mentions This Week

Triangle Faith Leaders Stand By Synagogue Shooting Victims, via WRAL

Democracy NC's Early Voting Analysis

Governor Cooper signs Executive Order to commit NC to a clean energy economy.

ACLU of NC asks several counties about jail voting
"About 86 percent of jail inmates in the state are awaiting trial, according to the ACLU letter, meaning they have not yet been convicted and are eligible to vote if they are not also serving a felony sentence. Most of those who are awaiting trial in jail are there because they cannot afford to pay their bail. “Because they don’t have money, they don’t have access to vote,” Seawell said. “That’s our concern.”

We've been invited back to the International Civil Rights Center in Greensboro to give a repeat presentation on the history of voting rights, the amendments on the ballot and your rights at the polls. If you missed us in September, join us at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 2nd. Come earlier for a tour of the Center if you can! Youth and other groups encouraged. RSVP Here.

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We are updating our web calendar with events for the fall and want to hear from you! If you know of publicly posted events please email us a link!
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Stronger North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that educates North Carolina citizens about issues affecting the electorate. Stronger NC is not affiliated with any political party and does not endorse individual candidates. 

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