Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
A roundup of the political scene as this unlike-any-other election year nears some familiar mileposts: the selection of a running mate and the conventions. But even those are going to be unusual.
Joe Biden is still vetting potential vice presidential nominees in the final days before the Democrats gavel what’s left of their convention into order in Milwaukee, where there will be zero delegates – and no nominee.
Charlotte is two weeks out from the makeshift Republican convention, while Donald Trump tries to figure out where he’ll make his argument for a second term – an argument that, according to the polls, voters aren’t buying.
North Carolina voters are flooding elections officials with requests for absentee ballots, while concerns are being raised about the Postal Service’s ability to handle what’s expected to be a record number of mail-in ballots.
2020 vs. 2016 same week by week cumulative totals of NC absentee by mail ballot requests
2020 met 2016's totals in mid-May and has far-exceeded since
Again, NC is 6.6X ahead of same day #s in 2016
— Old North State Politics (@OldNorthStPol) August 7, 2020
Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, Department of Politics chair; runs the Old North State Politics blog (@BowTiePolitics)
Jarvis Hall, North Carolina Central University, associate professor of political science
Susan Roberts, Davidson College, professor of political science (@profsuroberts)