14 Burst results for "Damon Circosta"

"damon circosta" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

Bloomberg Radio New York

04:00 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York

"What won't be calculated is people who are sitting in their absentee vote by mail late. Any provisional votes, and those will come in over the corresponding days after the election, you have to remember. We do not call the election on election night. That's usually you folks in the media. What we do is we begin our process that then goes to County campus, which is 10 days after the election and then ultimately tow us to certify in early December. By the way, I have learned from bitter experience. I don't consider myself calling election. I'll project but I won't call because that's your point. I am. That's me for using such an exact No, no, no, A lot of people call it calling and I always said. We don't call it. You guys call it your That's your job, not ours. But when do you have to have your ballot in to get it comes after postmarked by Election Day or how? What's the rule work sentence of the rule for us in North Carolina is that every ballot that is to be counted has to have left the voters hands. By election day, and we have to have some indicia that you did not have it. After Election Day. We will count ballots up to nine days after, um The election, and that's assuming that this recent lawsuit settlement that the We discussed earlier in the program comes to be and the point there is is that we got some reports from the United States Postal Service that they were concerned that they would not be able to get all the ballots in that were delivered on Election day in our three day window. So we agreed to extend our window from three days after the election to nine days after the election. That's the same deadline. We give military and overseas voters so all the ballots must be. Cast by Election Day, and then we'll take him up to nine days afterwards, assuming the settlement goes through, So just take me through the process. Do you certify to the governor directly in terms of the electors for the president's election or doesn't go through the secretary state? How does it get to Congress Because Congress has to get the tally somehow from the state? One of the were the entity that's in charge of certifying the election. The board of Elections is vested with that authority, and our job is to make sure that all the tabulation happened accurately and that The will of the voter and the will of the people is reflected in the vote totals. And then once we do our certification process, that's where the state Board of elections is done. And on. It goes to The Electoral College or Teo, Whatever appointing authority there needs to be. The secretary of state does not play a role a role in our election administration beyond sort of a pro pro forma role. All the actual work is done here by the sport of elections. I think it's a great system for a couple reasons. One None of us are on the ballot. So the five of us who are in charge of making sure this election works don't have to worry about our own electoral fortunes because we don't have any on then, too. There's five of us, not just one of us. So we've got Republicans and Democrats all working together to come to consensus to make sure that everybody's vote is secure, and the vote totals are accurate. Finally, there may be some other folks have something to say about this, and they're called judges. There are a lot of lawsuits being filed all around the country. What's it like? In North Carolina? Do you have lawsuits already challenging your process? Of course, we've seen an explosion of Covad related election litigation. In fact, we took some Cem Took some measures recently to try and settle some of those lawsuits to give voters certainty. You know, we're less than 40 days out from Election Day, and I think everybody's waited with waiting with bated breath to make sure that they know what the rules are and how things are going to be applied. So I'm hopeful that the election process that we have will continue to run as smoothly as it's been running this far, and we'll keep doing the sometimes boring But very important work of election administrators around the country. We'll surely be looking at it very intently with a lot of enthusiasm. Thank you. And good luck to you. It's a It's a big job you have. That's Damon Circosta. He is North Carolina State Board of Elections chair. It's time now for Bloomberg. First word news of that we go to Rika Gupta. Thanks David. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lying in state today at the U. S. Capitol. The first woman in American history to do so a military honor guard carried.

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

04:18 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"That will help propel it. So you see the governor's race? Certainly reflection of that debate. We have to take a quick break more with Rusty Jacobson. Michael Bitzer in just a moment. Take away supported by it last year. Fortune 500 companies use collaboration software like Kira and Trail Oh from it last year, enabling teams to keep a line two key goals and connected to one another. That's how business is the size of small countries. Stay agile. Learn more at it. Lesson dot com. Rest of Jacob's just mentioned 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 how 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 if 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 curtain, 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 an absentee by mail ballot that 700,004 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% of 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 electorate racially. It's skews 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..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

06:00 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Vote by mail in order for it to be counted first things first. We were the first state in the union to start sending those out. We started on September 4th, and we're very proud that almost 700,000 Haven't checked today. Absent development request went to us and we're getting those out as we speak. Not only do we have the opportunity to get him out early those balance out early, but when they come back, we can do everything but the tabulation in the weeks leading up to the election, so a group of bipartisan Board of Electors review each ballot. The envelope in the container and make sure that it's sufficient and secure. And then we do everything except tabulate those so come Election day will be ready to go with all of our tabulation work and we'll be able to get many of our results out. Right there. November 3rd For all the people who voted absentee by mail, all the people who voted early and then as election night rolls on after the polls close will start tabulating those votes as well. Well, I'm so glad you walked us through that because that was one of many questions that we got from Your state was when will vote by mail be counted. So what it sounds like you're saying is you can get it. The process all set up. Make sure that all the absentee ballots are You know they're valid and then the day of the election. Starting At what time can they actually start saying Okay, Adam up, so we don't tabulate until the polls close and the reason we don't do that is we don't want anybody to know beforehand what the results might be going into Election day. There will be some late breaking ballots, People who mailed their absentee vote by mail ballot in late way We will count those so long as they're postmarked by election Day. Well, counting up to three days after election Day, so we'll get all of those those done. And then any balance that there was any question on and needed to go through. A curative process will count those as well. But the overwhelming majority of our ballots will be counted on election day and into Before sunrise. If you will, on on Wednesday morning, we'll have done that's not the case everywhere, and we're very proud of that here in North Carolina. I'm talking with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. David. You made it really good point earlier that about ballots needing to be postmarked by election Day, and we know there's been a lot of back and forth about the rule of the Postal Service in this election. So if this race is really, really close, will you know how many ballots you still expect to come in after election Day, but will certainly have a rough idea because you have to request your absentee ballot. And so we'll know how many outstanding request there are. Some of those people might have chosen to go and vote on Election day. You're allowed to request an absentee ballot so long as you don't try and vote that ballot. You, Khun, Go and vote in person. And so we'll have a rough idea of how many outstanding ballots there will be. It's really important for people to understand that our job isn't to get it fast. Our job is to get it right. And we're gonna do everything we can to move as quickly as we can. But this is the middle of a pandemic. We're anticipating a huge surge in the number of voters who choose to vote absentee by mail and those take more time to process. So we're gonna ask the public for some patients, and we're gonna ask that everybody just sit tight and take a breath. I think here in in 2020. A little bit of everybody just kind of relaxing a bit is probably a good idea for all sorts of reasons on we'll get done and we'll get through it and we'll get through it together. Do you have an expectation for what percent of the vote you think is going to come early Absentee versus in person Internally. We've been looking at anywhere between 20 and 40% of North Carolina voters choosing to use their vote absentee by mail. We also have had a good history in the last decade or two of early voting and a lot of voters using the roughly two week period from October 15th October 31st. To vote early. So there's a good chance that north of 70% of our voters will have cast their ballot before November 3rd. So let's talk then about that in person process, Obviously what we saw. During the primaries, where a lot of places that normally had been open. For voting were closed either because they didn't have the poll workers. Tio staff them or because they were in places that quite frankly weren't safe during a pandemic. Senior centers schools, etcetera, What is thean person situation going to look like in North Carolina at this moment, and do you think you're going to get the number of poll workers? And the number of polling places that you need. Well, I'm optimistic on both fronts. I'm optimistic about pole Rikers for two reasons. One in a bipartisan fashion, the General Assembly passed a bill that let's poll workers be from in the county in which they're registered, not simply the precinct in which their residency so that'll give us a little bit more flexibility and how we staff he's polling places. We have over 2500 Election day polling places as well as almost 500 early voting places to vote, and that's a lot of stacking that we need to do. We're anticipating a need for nearly 30,000 election workers in order to achieve the election. The reason I'm optimistic that we'll get those 30,000 election workers is we've seen North Carolinian step up. We've had 17,000 North Carolinians fill out an interest form. That's on top of all the work that the county's air doing. I'm on election nerd. I've been around this work for a long time. And nothing warms my heart more to see that people are taking a real interest in making sure that their friends and neighbors convert and vote in a way that's convenient and safe, inaccessible. And so I am optimistic that we're gonna have all of our polling place is fully operational..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:30 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Mail and balance. I sat down with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Find out how it's going. Unlike many states, North Carolina's election process is overseen not by a secretary of state but by a board of five. I started out by asking him how the board with three Democrats into Republicans actually functions on the board of elections. There's five of us and not one of us think of ourselves primarily is partisans. The Republicans aren't there to look out for Republican votes, and I'm not there to look after Democratic votes. We do a good job of making sure that all loads count. We're the plumbers of democracy. All we're trying to do is make sure that our pipes flow that everybody can get to their polling place or vote by mail or vote early. And do it in a way that that makes sure that their vote counts, so there's a partisan play to be made by others, but on the board itself, it's very, very nonpartisan. In fact, one of the Republican members and I, we co authored an op ed right when the pandemic began about voting in the pandemic and how we all need to work together to make it happen. So if we have a very, very close election in North Carolina, you expect no matter what that this process is going to be carried out in Not as open, transparent and nonpartisan way possible. Even if you see, for example, the president way in or other political figures weigh in. Talk about the pressure that you may feel or your your colleagues may feel well, You know, I don't think the pressure really mean Obviously, partisan actors are going to do what partisan actors do. But our job isn't to decide whom North Carolinians vote for our job is to just make sure your vote counts and that's our North star at the board of Elections, so I don't see any pressure and I don't see any opportunity for that pressure to have any effect on what we do. It's it's boring in most years. Obviously, there's a lot more attention being paid to voting into voting in North Carolina this year, but but the job remains the same, and that's just to make sure that we get it done right. It's not glamorous. Sometimes it's exceedingly tedious. But that tediousness is for a reason. And so that's we could make sure we get account accurate. Let's look at your preparedness for the fall. We know that there's a record number of absentee ballot applications requests that have come in talk to us about The preparedness at the local level, and what this would mean from small town versus a Big urban center and everything in between. Well, we kind of got lucky in 2020. This was the first year in which we conducted our primary election during Super Tuesday. So the actual first case of Koven 19 was on primary Election day here in Lake County. S O R big election in the in the spring, Didn't it didn't happen before the pandemic. We then had a smaller congressional primary second primary, So we got a little bit of a taste of what we would need to do to make sure that our election here in the falls going to operate well, here's the good news. Election Administrators don't just work one or two days a year. They're at it, 3 65. And lately it's been 24 7. We learned a lot from other states. We've been on top of all the processes that we need to make sure that it goes smoothly and we've had some built in advantages that were in our law. Well before Koven 19. So a good example of that is how we Prepare your absentee.

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:23 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"93.9 FM Am a 20. His politics with Amy Walter on the take away. The bedrock of our democracy is free and fair elections. It's not a given. It requires a lot of us. The system itself is built on trust. The president has been sowing seeds of distrust throughout the course of the campaign, using his bully pulpit to spread conspiracy theories about the integrity of absentee ballots. And it's having an impact. A recent Monmouth University poll found that almost 40% of Americans don't believe that the elections will be conducted fairly and accurately. A majority of Americans in that poll said they think the Trump campaign will try to cheat if necessary to win in November, while 39% say the same thing of the fighting campaign On top of it. All, of course, is a pandemic that makes going to the polls for staffing Those poles a serious health risk for many All of this has meant that state election officials are under an unprecedented level of scrutiny and pressure. That's why over the course of the next three weeks will virtually venture to three swing states to hear how election officials and some of the most watched states are preparing. These conversations are part of a Siri's. We're calling every vote counts. And this week brought us to North Carolina. I can't do this by myself. I need you, Charlotte. I need to North Carolina. Hello, everyone. It's great to be here at UNC Greensboro, Great North Carolina Day. North Carolina. It's a state full of wise voters, and I can truthfully say nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. Aside from Barack Obama in 2008. The state hasn't voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976, But polls show President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden neck and neck Also on the ballot is a hotly contested US Senate race that could determine control of that body and voting is already underway. On September 4th. The state began sending out mail and balance. I sat down with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Find out how it's going. Unlike many states, North.

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"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:12 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

"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.

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"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:30 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Stylus or using a ballot marking device and we spit out a ballot for you that you could review Everybody's got a paper ballot so we could go back and audit these things if we need to. The machines themselves are not hackable. What is happening? Is the mind of the voter, and that's what the Russians did in 2016, and that's what nefarious folks will try and do again. The thing you Khun, due to protect, Protect yourself from being happy is being very, very intentional about where you get your information. I don't want to cast dispersions on social media accounts and social media feeds. We have one at the state Board of elections, but the best sources of information are going straight to the source itself or two trusted. Longstanding news organizations. The news organizations that have been in business for a long time have a reputation in the history of creating journalism. Verifying facts, making sure what they're saying is true. And then we have the board of Elections are only job is to make sure that you understand how to cast your ballots. So If we're trying to prevent hacking, we need to worry less about the machines in which are used to conduct voting and Maura about people who are trying to spread misinformation and in the best way we can inoculate ourselves against that type of hacking is to not trust anyone source of information and to make sure that we do our homework and who is talking to us. And how much work Damon, are you doing yourself to knock down any of these rumors? That started mean? For example, I saw the Ohio secretary of state on his Twitter feed. He actually broke down what he saw on Facebook as thiss. Conspiracy that was floating around that Apparently you all send out different balance. Different people on contract who they're voting for, right? You think it's a secret ballot, But because they have these letters here, it means they know you voted for a Democrat or Republican. And then someone can throw your ballot out or what I worry about, too. Is people walking around The weeks leading up to early vote on election day with their iPhones there, you know, handheld phones and taking Their photographs or videos of things that they think are nefarious. Whether that's with the Postal Office workers, somebody they say, is illegally harvesting ballots. How much work He's the North Carolina board of Elections going to do tow pushback on every one of these At least the ones that make it into you know the social media at a at a pretty high level like you. A lot of people are watching it here at the North Carolina State Board of Elections. We have the same job, which is to push back and be speaking constantly. The folks like you way have a social media feed. We've got a wonderful public information office that pushes out as much as we can. It's It's incumbent upon us as election administrators toe let the world know about what we're doing and let them see. I mean, every time we have an opportunity to show you exactly how we do this process. It's an opportunity for you for you to see that your vote will be security vote will count. And so it's hard in a fractured media environment as we've had here for the last 15 or 20 years, it's even more challenging. But it's a big part of our job and we take it seriously. A monster cost. I want to thank you so much for taking all this time. Walking us through. This process is really helpful. Any thank you. Damon Circosta is the chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:59 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Water from WNYC, NPR Rex in collaboration with WGBH Radio in Boston. If you're just joining us, I've been talking with Damon Circosta, the chair of the North Carolina Board of Elections that the changes they've made to voting in the state head of this conversation. We received several questions from listeners about mail in voting. Specifically, how long should you expect to wait to receive your ballot in the mail? And at what point should you start to worry? So I put this to Damon. I would say one. Give us a little bit of time, especially in these early days. But if you don't hear from us middle of this month, then certainly check in with us and see what's going on. I would say to if it's tor towards the end, and it's crunch time, and you're still waiting for a absolutely request ballot. You still have options during the early voting period, and during election day? I know people have some concerns about Copan 19 being safe. Well, let me tell you going to vote is going to be safer than a trip to Walgreens. We have secured enough pp. For all of our election workers as well as our voters were doing social distancing. We're keeping people space and we're moving them through relatively quick, so we don't anticipate you being indoors all that long. So There's plenty of ways to do this. And if you don't hear from us on your absentee vote by mail request, give us a little bit of time. And if you're still concerned, you still have other options here in North Carolina. Are you getting the same kind of questions? David? I'm curious, And it's not just the president's remarks. But obviously the issue of absentee ballots and early vote and safety being talked about constantly. What are the sorts of questions that you all are fielding at your office from from North Carolinians? One of the things that we election nerves reelection administrators have to remember. Is that while we live and breathe this stuff every day, most North Carolinians don't think about the election process all that often, So it's understandable that there are a lot of questions people really are trying to figure out what's going on. I will say yes, we're getting a lot of the questions that you asked. And I say that one of the most important things you can do when you're seeking answers about your election process. Is go to trusted sources of information. So obviously us at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in CSB dot governs our website and we've completely revamped it to make it more voter friendly. There's a trusted source of information, go toe to new sources that you have trusted for sometime and check a couple different news sources in case somebody got it wrong. The fact of the matter is it's a lot of information. The process is very demanding. If you're not familiar with it, and so what you want to do is make sure that we make it easy for you in the way we make it easy for you is by sharing as much information about his beforehand and being as transparent as we go ahead and count the votes. How worried are you? Speaking of trusted sources of information that they're either through nefarious. Means this could be Russians or other foreign governments or through just, you know the kinds of conspiracies that start out as a Facebook post and then somehow make their way through the viral process. That that really is making what you do so much harder and that some of these conspiracy theories or whether again whether they were placed there, intentionally or not. Are going to deter. People from voting or impact. How people though. You know, Over the last couple of years, you mentioned Russian interference. There's been rumors going around that somehow the voting apparatus or the machines are not secure, and I can 100% guarantee that the hacking of elections will not happen because somebody's ableto hack our machines in North Carolina. Everybody will have a paper ballot and whether or not you mark that paper ballot with the.

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"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:33 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

"We've had some built in advantages that were in our law. Well before Kogan 19 So a good example of that is how we Repair your absentee vote by mail in order for it to be counted first things first. We were the first state in the union to start sending those out. We started on September 4th, and we're very proud that almost 700,000 Haven't checked today after development request went to us and we're getting those out as we speak. Not only do we have the opportunity to get him out early those ballots out early, but when they come back, we can do everything but the tabulation in the weeks leading up to the election, So a group of bipartisan Board of Electors review each ballot envelope in the container and make sure that it's sufficient and secure. And then we do everything except tabulate those So come Election day will be ready to go with all of our tabulation work, and we'll be able to get many of our results out right there. November 3rd for all the people who voted absentee by mail, all the people who voted early and then as election night rolls on after the polls close will start tabulating those votes as well. Well, I'm so glad you walked us through that because that was one of many questions that we got from Your state was when will vote by mail be counted. So what it sounds like you're saying is you can get it. The process all set up. Make sure that all the absentee ballots are, you know they're valid. And then the day of the election starting at what time can they actually start saying, Okay, Adam up so we don't tabulate until the polls close and the reason we don't do that is we don't want anybody to know beforehand what the results might be going into Election day. There will be some late breaking ballots. People who mailed their absentee vote by mail ballot in late We will count those so long as they're postmarked by Election Day, Well, counting up to three days after election Day, so we'll get all of those those done And then any balance there was any question on and needed to go through a curative process will count those as well. But the overwhelming majority of our ballots will be counted on election day and into before sunrise. If you will, on Wednesday morning, we'll have done that's not the case everywhere, and we're very proud of that here in North Carolina. I'm talking with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. David. You made it really good point earlier that about ballots needing to be postmarked by election Day, and we know there's been a lot of back and forth about the rule of the Postal Service in this election..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:21 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Well as we heard in terrorist Tyler's report. The air is bad, unhealthy and very unhealthy air all around the bay. It's the 28th straight day that has been called for spare the air and in fact, It continues through Monday. Temperatures high temperatures today from the upper sixties at the coast to the mid eighties inland. His politics with Amy Walter on the take away. The bedrock of our democracy is free and fair elections, but it's not a given that requires a lot of us. The system itself is built on trust. The president has been sowing seeds of distrust throughout the course of the campaign, using his bully pulpit to spread conspiracy theories about the integrity of absentee ballots, and it's having an impact. Recent Monmouth University poll found that almost 40% of Americans don't believe that the elections will be conducted fairly and accurately. A majority of Americans in that poll said they think the Trump campaign will try to cheat if necessary to win in November. While 39% say the same thing of the fighting campaign on top of it all, of course, is a pandemic that makes going to the polls for staffing Those Poles, a serious health risk for many All of this has meant that state election officials are under an unprecedented level of scrutiny and pressure, and that's why over the course of the next three weeks will virtually venture to three swing states. You hear how election officials and some of the most watched states are preparing these conversations are part of a Siri's. We're calling every vote counts. And this week brought us to North Carolina. I can't do this by myself. I need you need two, North Carolina. Hello, everyone. It's great to be here at U. N. C. Green's great North Carolina Day. It's a state full of wise voters, and I can truthfully say nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. Aside from Barack Obama in 2008, the state hasn't voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But polls show President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden neck and neck Also on the ballot is a hotly contested US Senate race that could determine control of that body and voting is already underway. On September 4th. The state began sending out mail and balance. I sat down with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of elections to find out how it's going. Unlike many states, North Carolina's election process is overseen not by a secretary of state but by a board of five. I started out by asking him how the board with three Democrats into Republicans actually functions on the board of elections. There's five of us and not one of us think of ourselves primarily is partisans. The Republicans aren't there to look out for Republican votes, and I'm not there to look after democratic codes. We do a good job of making sure that all loads count. We're the plumbers of democracy. All we're trying to do is make sure that our pipes slow that everybody could get to their polling place or vote by mail or vote early. And do it in a way that that makes sure that their vote counts, so there's a partisan play to be made by others, but on the board itself, it's very, very nonpartisan. In fact, one of the Republican members and I, we co authored an op ed right when the pandemic began about voting in the pandemic and how we all need to work together to make it happen. So if we have a very, very close election in North Carolina, you expect no matter what that this process is going to be carried out. In as open, transparent and nonpartisan way possible. Even if you see, for example, the president way in or other political figures way in, talk about the pressure that you may feel your Your colleagues may feel well, You know, I don't think the pressure really mean Obviously, partisan actors are going to do what partisan actors do. But our job isn't to decide whom North Carolinians vote for our job is to just make sure your vote counts and that's our North star at the board of Elections, so I don't see any pressure and I don't see any opportunity for that pressure to have any effect on what we do..

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04:18 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"That will help propel it. So you see the governor's race? Certainly reflection of that debate. We have to take a quick break more with Rusty Jacobson. Michael Bitzer in just a moment. Take away supported by it last year. Fortune 500 companies use collaboration software like Kira and Trail Oh from it last year, enabling teams to keep a line two key goals and connected to one another. That's how business is the size of small countries. Stay agile. Learn more at it. Lesson 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 how 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 if not, the plurality were not the majority of plurality. Ah, voters of registered voters expected voters to support Governor Cooper's decisions. Even though they counsel restraint and it's still there are still challenges to the economic curtain, 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 it? Basically 10% off. The seven million registered voters in the state have requested an absentee by mail ballot that 700,004 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% of 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 electorate. Racially, it skews older, which is traditional. But it's 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..

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06:37 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"WGBH Radio in Boston. If you're just joining us, I've been talking with Damon Circosta, the chair of the North Carolina Board of Elections. About the changes they've made voting in the state head of this conversation. We received several questions from listeners about mail in voting. Specifically, how long should you expect to wait to receive your ballot in the mail? At what point should you start to worry, So I put this to Damon. I would say one. Give us a little bit of time, especially in these early days. But if you don't hear from us middle of this month, then certainly check in with us and see what's going on. I would say to if it's towards the end, and it's crunch time. And you're still waiting for a absolutely request ballot. You still have options during the early voting period, and during election day? I know people have some concerns about Copan 19 being safe. Well, let me tell you going to vote is going to be safer than a trip to Walgreens. We have secured enough pp. For all of our election workers as well as our voters were doing social distancing. We're keeping people space and we're moving on through relatively quick, so we don't anticipate you being indoors all that long. So There's plenty of ways to do this. And if you don't hear from us on your absentee vote by mail request, give us a little bit of time. And if you're still concerned, you still have other options here in North Carolina. Are you getting the same kind of questions? Damon? I'm curious, And it's not just the president's remarks. But obviously the issue of absentee ballots and early vote and safety being talked about constantly. What are the sorts of questions that you all are fielding at your office from from North Carolinians? One of the things that we election nerds reelection administrators have to remember. Is that while we live and breathe this stuff every day, most North Carolinians don't think about the election process all that often, So it's understandable that there are a lot of questions people really are trying to figure out what's going on. I will say yes, we're getting a lot of the questions that you've asked And I'd say that one of the most important things you can do when you're seeking answers about your election process is go to trusted sources of information. So obviously us at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in CSB dot covers our website. We've completely revamped it to make it more voter friendly. There's a trusted source of information Goto new sources that you have trusted for sometime and check a couple different news sources in case somebody got it wrong. The fact of the matter is it's a lot of information. The process is very demanding. If you're not familiar with it, and so what you want to do is make sure that we make it easy for you in the way we make it easy for you is by sharing as much information about his beforehand and being as transparent. As we go ahead and count the votes. How worried are you? Speaking of trusted sources of information that they're either through nefarious means This could be Russians or other foreign Government or through just You know the kinds of conspiracies that start out as a Facebook post and then somehow make their way through the viral process. That that really is making what you d'oh so much harder and that some of these conspiracy theories or whether again whether they were Place there, intentionally or not are going to deter. People from voting or impact how people vote. You know, Over the last couple of years, you mentioned Russian interference. There's been rumors going around that somehow the voting apparatus or the machines are not secure, and I can 100% guarantee that the hacking of elections will not happen because somebody's ableto hack our machines in North Carolina. Everybody will have a paper ballot and whether or not you mark that paper ballot with the stylus or using a ballot marking device and we spit out a ballot for you that you could review Everybody's got a paper ballot so we could go back and audit these things if we need to. The machines themselves are not hackable. What is hackable? Is the mind of the voter, and that's what the Russians did in 2016, and that's what nefarious folks will try and do again. The thing you Khun, due to protect, Protect yourself from being hacked is being very, very intentional about where you get your information. I don't want to cast dispersions on social media accounts and social media feeds. We have one at the state Board of elections, but the best sources of information are going straight to the source itself or two trusted. Longstanding news organizations. The news organizations that have been in business for a long time have a reputation in the history of creating journalism. Verifying facts, making sure what they're saying is true. And then we hit the board of Elections are only job is to make sure that you understand how to cast your ballots. So If we're trying to prevent hacking, we need to worry less about the machines in which are used to conduct voting and Maura about people who are trying to spread misinformation and in the best way we can inoculate ourselves against that type of hacking is to not trust anyone source of information and to make sure that we do our homework and who is talking to us. And how much work Damon, are you doing yourself to knock down any of these rumors that start? I mean, for example, I saw the Ohio secretary of state on his Twitter feed. He actually broke down what he saw on Facebook as thiss. Conspiracy that was floating around that Apparently you all send out different ballast, different people on contract who they're voting for, right? You think it's a secret ballot, But because they have these letters here, it means they know you voted for a Democrat or Republican. And then someone can throw your ballot out or what I worry about, too. Is people walking around The weeks leading up to early vote an election day with their iPhones there, you know, handheld phones and and taking Their photographs or videos of things that they think are nefarious. Whether that's with the Postal Office workers, somebody they say, is illegally harvesting ballots. How much work Is the North Carolina Board of Elections going to do to push back on every one of these At least the ones that make it into you know the social media at a at a pretty high level like A lot of people are watching it here at the North Carolina State Board of Elections. We have the same job, which is to push back and be speaking constantly..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

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06:55 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"By mail in order for it to be counted first things first. We were the first state in the union to start sending those out. We started on September 4th, and we're very proud that almost 700,000 Haven't checked today. Absent development request went to us and we're getting those out as we speak. Not only do we have the opportunity to get him out early those ballots out early, but when they come back, we can do everything but the tabulation in the weeks leading up to the election, so a group of bipartisan Board of Electors review each ballot. The envelope in the container and make sure that it's sufficient and secure. And then we do everything except tabulate those so come Election day will be ready to go with all of our tabulation work and we'll be able to get many of our results out. Right there. November 3rd For all the people who voted absentee by mail, all the people who voted early and then as election night rolls on after the polls close will start tabulating those votes as well. Well, I'm so glad you walked us through that because that was one of many questions that we got from Your state was when will though by mail be counted. So what it sounds like you're saying is you can get it. The process all set up. Make sure that all the absentee ballots are You know they're valid and then the day of the election. Starting At what time can they actually start saying Okay, Adam up so we don't tabulate until the polls close and the reason we don't do that is we don't want anybody to know beforehand what the results might be going into Election day. There will be some late breaking ballots. People who mailed their absentee vote by mail ballot in late Wei will count those so long as they're postmarked by Election Day, Well, counting up to three days after election Day, so we'll get all of those those done and then any balance that there was any question on and needed to go through a curative process will count those as well. But the overwhelming majority of our ballots will be counted on election day and into before sunrise. If you will, on Wednesday morning, we'll have done that's not the case everywhere, and we're very proud of that here in North Carolina. I'm talking with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. David. You made it really good point earlier that about ballots needing to be postmarked by election Day, and we know there's been a lot of back and forth about the rule of the Postal Service in this election. So if this rice is really, really close, will you know how many ballots you still expect to come in after election Day, but will certainly have a rough idea because you have to request your absentee ballot. And so we'll know how many outstanding request there are. Some of those people might have chosen to go and vote on Election day. You're allowed to request an absentee ballot so long as you don't try and vote that ballot. You, Khun, Go and vote in person. And so we'll have a rough idea of how many outstanding ballots there will be. It's really important for people to understand that our job isn't to get it fast. Our job is to get it right. And we're gonna do everything we can to move as quickly as we can. But this is the middle of a pandemic. We're anticipating a huge surge in the number of voters who choose to vote absentee by mail and those take more time to process. So we're gonna ask the public for some patients, and we're gonna ask that everybody just sit tight and take a breath. I think here in in 2020. A little bit of everybody just kind of relaxing a bit is probably a good idea for all sorts of reasons and we'll get done and we'll get through it and we'll get through it together. Do you have an expectation for what percent of the vote you think is going to come early Absentee versus in person Internally. We've been looking at anywhere between 20 and 40% of North Carolina voters choosing to use their vote absentee by mail. We also have had a good history in the last decade or two of early voting and a lot of voters using the roughly two week period from October 15th October 31st. To vote early. So there's a good chance that north of 70% of our voters will have cast their ballot before November 3rd. So let's talk then about that in person process, Obviously what we saw. During the primaries, where a lot of places that normally had been open. For voting were closed either because they didn't have the poll workers. Tio staff them or because they were in places that quite frankly weren't safe during a pandemic senior centers schools, etcetera. What is the in person situation going to look like in North Carolina at this moment? And do you think you're going to get the number of poll workers and the number of polling places that you need? Well, I'm optimistic on both fronts. I'm optimistic about poll workers for two reasons. One in a bipartisan fashion, The General Assembly passed a bill that let's poll workers be from in the county in which they're registered, not simply the precinct in which their residency so that'll give us a little bit more flexibility and how we staff he's polling places. We have over 2500 Election day polling places as well as almost 500 early voting places to vote, and that's a lot of stacking that we need two new. We're anticipating a need for nearly 30,000 election workers in order to achieve the election. The reason I'm optimistic that we'll get those 30,000 election workers is we've seen North Carolinian step up. We've had 17,000 North Carolinians fill out an interest form. That's on top of all the work that the county's air doing. I'm on election nerd. I've been around this work for a long time. And nothing warms my heart more to see that that people are taking a real interest in making sure that their friends and neighbors convert and vote in a way that's convenient and safe and accessible. And so I am optimistic that we're gonna have all of our polling place is fully operational. And that we're gonna have everybody step up to do that work so that people can vote quickly on Election day and during the early voting process and frankly during the mail in process, which also takes a fair amount of staff down North Carolina and voting as you very well know been in the news recently, thanks to some comments, the president recently made Encouraging voters to vote by mail and then go in person to make sure that that ballot was actually counted. Can you talk about that for a minute about what that would look like? If you attempt to vote twice fraudulently in North Carolina. That's a felony and you will go to jail. And believe me, we know how to catch it. If you're trying to simply verify your vote, you're doing a disservice for a couple of reasons. First of all, we give you plenty of options to verify your absentee vote by mail. You could do it without leaving the comfort of your own home..

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"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

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02:26 min | 7 months ago

"damon circosta" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Politics with Amy Walter on the take away. The bedrock of our democracy is free and fair elections, but it's not a given. It requires a lot of us. The system itself is built on trust. Now the president has been sowing seeds of distrust throughout the course of the campaign, using his bully pulpit to spread conspiracy theories about the integrity of absentee ballots, and it's having an impact. Recent Monmouth University poll found that almost 40% of Americans don't believe that the elections will be conducted fairly and accurately. A majority of Americans in that poll said they think the Trump campaign will try to cheat if necessary to win in November, while 39% say the same thing of the fighting campaign On top of it. All, of course, is a pandemic that makes going to the polls for staffing Those poles a serious health risk for many All of this has meant that state election officials are under an unprecedented level of scrutiny and pressure, and that's why over the course of the next three weeks will virtually venture to three swing states. You hear how election officials and some of the most watched states are preparing These conversations are part of a Siri's. We're calling every vote counts. And this week brought us to North Carolina. I can't do this by myself. I need you. Charlotte. I need your North Carolina. Hello, everyone. It's great to be here at UNC Greensboro, Great North Carolina Day. Frankie, North Carolina. It's a state full of wise voters, and I can truthfully say nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. Aside from Barack Obama in 2008, the state hasn't voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But polls show President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden neck and neck Also on the ballot is a hotly contested US Senate race that could determine control of that body and voting is already underway. On September 4th. The state began sending out mail in ballots. I sat down with Damon Circosta, chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Find out how it's going. Unlike many states, North Carolina's election process is overseen not by a secretary of state but by a board of five. I started out by asking him how the board with three Democrats into Republicans actually functions.

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