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Early Voting Underway At 367 Sites Across All 100 Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:44


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - After more than a year of candidate ads, debates, and events, early voting has begun in North Carolina's 2014 midterm elections.
One-stop early voting sites are operating at 367 sites, the most ever offered during a midterm election, according to the state Board of Elections. 
Early voting runs from October 23 through November 1.
Voters choosing to vote on Election Day must do so in their proper precinct. 
“We encourage voters to take advantage of the early voting options within their county,” said Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach in a statement. 
The State Board of Elections has provided an online schedule of early voting locations. The Agency has also published a mobile application available for Android devices and has coordinated with the Voting Information Project to offer an API to third-party application developers looking to incorporate North Carolina voting data. 
Opportunities to vote during evening hours increased by nearly 70% over 2010, the most recent non-presidential general election, during which one in three voters cast their ballots at early voting locations.
Photo identification will not be required to participate in this election. That reform takes effect in 2016.
 Voters who present at one-stop locations will be shown an illustration of acceptable forms of identification. Those who indicate that they do not possess an appropriate form of identification will be provided written information on how to obtain a no-cost identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles and asked to sign an acknowledgement.  
More than 20,000 North Carolinians had already cast absentee ballots as of Wednesday morning.  
Heavy-Hitters Hit The Trail For Hagan and Tillis PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:28


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - She may want to become president, but before that, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be trying to help get Sen. Kay Hagan re-elected to North Carolina's hotly contested U.S. Senate seat.
Clinton is scheduled to campaign for the Democratic incumbent on Saturday.
Hagan's chief rival is pulling in a Republican party heavy-hitter to help his bid as well. On Wednesday, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be in North Carolina stumping for the House Speaker.
The visits come as North Carolina begins early voting on Thursday.
Recent polls have shown the Senate race tightening, with Tillis pulling within a point of Hagan, who has led the race for months. Hagan has even referred to the tighter race in her fundraising emails.
A third candidate, Libertarian Sean Haugh, continues to pull 3 to 5 points in polls.
Kay Hagan Fundraising E-Mail: Race Is "Tightening Up" PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2014 10:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Citing a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan is appealing to supporters to donate to a race she characterizes as "tightening up."

Rasmussen recently reported polling data that showed Hagan with 48 percent to Tillis' 46 percent -- within the margin of error. 
Hagan faces a tight race against Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. Libertarian Sean Haugh is also in the race. 
Hagan's October 20 e-mail reads:
"Dear Friend,
Rasmussen moved our race to a “Toss Up.”
Friend -- it doesn’t get much closer than this. And with two weeks to go in this election, we need to be at the top of our game.
11 days left in October. Can you give $5 or more to help us reach our $1 million goal?
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Outside interests are spending more against me than any other Senator in the country -- $35 million and counting.
I am their number one target. And your contributions, friend, are the only way our team can fight against them.
The Koch brothers want to buy this Senate seat for their ally, Speaker Tillis. With polls this close, they think their money will do the trick.
Not on our watch. As long as we reach $1 million, we can keep fighting their attacks. Give what you can right now.
The polls are close. But they’ve been that way all along.
We know how to win this race -- together.
Thank you for all of your help.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:12
Democratic Congressional Candidate: "My opponent's extremism is blinding him" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Laura Fjeld, the Democratic candidate seeking the 6th District seat in Congress continues to hammer her Republican opponent, Mark Walker, for what she terms "extremist" views.

In an e-mail to supporters this week, Fjeld, a former UNC official, related her appearance with Planned Parenthood representatives.
Fjeld and Walker are vying for the seat that has been held for two decades by Republican Howard Coble, who is retiring. 
The email is as follows:
I just came back from a great press conference with Planned Parenthood and prominent women leaders in the Greensboro community.  Janet Colm, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina, joined me to talk about the important primary care services that Planned Parenthood provides, and the fact that my opponent wants to defund Planned Parenthood.
I also spoke about my belief that a woman's health care decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, without government intrusion.  My opponent would eliminate a woman's right to choose, and make no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest, or when her own life is at stake. This stems from his staunch commitment to passing a law that says all life begins at conception.
Support for that same law would make illegal common forms of birth control, such as the pill and IUD.  As Janet Colm from Planned Parenthood stated, "The only controversy about birth control is that it's 2014 and we're still fighting for it!"
My opponent's extremism is blinding him from the issues that matter.  We need to move this state forward and focus on jobs, the economy, and improving education at all levels.  That is why I am running for Congress, to break through the gridlock, and get things done for the people of North Carolina.
Thanks for all of your support,
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:29

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