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One another. That's how business is the size of small countries. Stay agile. Learn more at it. Lassie in dot com. Rest of Jacob's just mention the governor's race. North Carolina is one of just 11 states holding gubernatorial elections in 2020, and you can bet voters think those governors handled the response to the pandemic is top of mind. I asked Rusty have Governor Cooper is faring at this point. Overall, his policy in his approach and his steering of the state through this pandemic is still supported by a majority of people that would be pulled. I mean, Elon University and MEREDITH College and Rollie did polls recently, and those indicate there were indications that It's not the plurality were not the majority of plurality. Ah, voters of registered voters expected voters to support Governor Cooper's decisions. Even though big counsel restraint and it's still there are still challenges to the economic, the economic community, the business community but overall, but he does not seem to be damaged by those positions. Michael let's get to the point. At risk you brought up in that we talked a lot about with Damon Circosta about absentee ballot requests. You are following this more closely than certainly. I think anyone in the country So here we are. It's September. What can you tell us about the voters who have been requesting thie absentee ballots if you can break it down into the kinds of people and the parts of the state that requesting these ballots Yeah, well, typically for those folks who don't know much about North Carolina in 2016 less than 5% of all the ballots cast came from absentee by mail, and typically, that boat method tends to be more Republican. Then the electorate as a whole what we're seeing now. Is basically 10% off. The seven million registered voters in the state have requested in absentee by mail ballot that 700,000 Four years ago. This same day, the total number of ballots requested was a little over 40,000. So, basically, we're talking about 16 times what we saw this time four years ago. Now the breakdowns in terms ofthe party registration is really interesting because it is overwhelmingly coming from registered Democrats. They are over a majority of all the request. Registered unaffiliated or almost a third and registered Republicans that typically tend to dominate or only 16% off all the request. So something obviously is driving all of this. This is probably Covad infecting partisanship. To a level that I haven't seen. And I don't think anybody in North Carolina politics has seen this level of interest in terms of having a ballot in your hand in case something happens over the next two months how this plays out. I'm not really sure the request are actually quite representative of the electric racially. It's used older, which is traditional. But it also very much skews too. Urban counties and particularly some congressional districts that are very competitive, most notably the 11th congressional district, Mark Meadows Old District, which is now on open seat in the mountains of North Carolina. Rusty Jacob's Michael bit, sir. This has been great. Thank you so much for taking this time with me. Appreciate it. Rusty Jacobs is a political reporter at W. UNC North Carolina Public Radio. Michael Bitzer is a professor of political science at the college. To hear my full conversation with Rusty Michael and North Carolina State Board of Elections Chair.