Election update from Linda Coleman

Received via e-mail from Linda Coleman's campaign:

With approximately 50,000 provisional ballots left to be counted, we don’t yet know who will be North Carolina’s lieutenant governor. Dan Forest and the state’s tea-partiers are clinging to an 11,300 vote lead. I think we’ve got the votes to catch up, and we’re working hard to make sure every vote is tallied.

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My friends and supporters who read bluenc.com need to know that Dan Forest’s campaign predictably is asking for money by saying “unions” want to steal the election. That’s just silly. The GOP and Tea Party want to diminish the rights of provisional voters and act as if the election is over.

But, saying the election is over and that efforts to count all votes aren’t worth it is like a baseball umpire in a tie game declaring a winner in the 8th inning. It’s just wrong, and both teams now get their last at bat.

I believe if we count every vote, we’ll be on top at the end of the game.

We know that a significant number of these votes were cast in counties won by my campaign on Election Day.

In fact, one of the highest number of provisional ballots is where I grew up – Pitt County. That county has a large number of African American and lower-income voters who would likely trend my way. Moreover, we have identified several precincts surrounding universities in Buncombe, New Hanover and Wake counties that account for several thousand student voters who were given provisional ballots. We anticipate a large majority of these ballots will count toward our vote total.

We’re working hard to get these votes counted. Getting every vote counted is critical for many reasons, but I’ll leave you with one that’s dear to my heart as a former teacher: Republican Governor-elect Pat McCrory will be appointing six of thirteen voting members of the state Board of Education. There are six Democrats who will continue to serve on this Board. The Lt. Governor has a voting seat on the board – so whoever wins the election for Lt. Governor will decide the balance of power on the state Board of Education.

I’m working hard to make sure Democrats decide the balance of power on that board. Feel free to contact me if you want help.

Linda Coleman

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Wow

Republican Governor-elect Pat McCrory will be appointing six of thirteen voting members of the state Board of Education. There are six Democrats who will continue to serve on this Board. The Lt. Governor has a voting seat on the board – so whoever wins the election for Lt. Governor will decide the balance of power on the state Board of Education.

I thought it was important for us to see this through not only to make sure every voice is heard and vote is counted, but also because we desperately need a leader to stand up in front of the public and the media to challenge the ideas of the other party since they managed a stranglehold on the State House, State Senate, and Governor's Mansion. But that quote shows there is even more real power to do good in this position than I realized.

If anyone reading this knows anyone who cast a provisional ballot, regardless of party, make sure they follow up on it with the board of elections immediately to make sure it's counted!