North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tills faces tough Democratic challenger; Jonathan Serrie reports.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., this week warned he has “grave concerns” over North Carolina’s mail-in voting process after several tentative changes were made, including allowing more time for ballots to arrive after Election Day in November.

“I have said in the last two debates that I trusted the absentee ballot system in North Carolina, until yesterday,” Tillis said on a radio show, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh. “And now, I have grave concerns about North Carolina Board of Elections, non-legislators.”

Tillis said the board of elections has “undermined the integrity of the process in North Carolina. It’s a sad day.”


U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. speaks during a televised debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Associated Press)

The bipartisan North Carolina State Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of retirees. The settlement still needs to be approved by a judge.

On Wednesday, the board’s two Republican members resigned, claiming they were misled about the changes.

Damon Circosta, chairman of the Board of Elections, said Thursday, “Our board, both Democrats and Republicans, agreed unanimously to make these commonsense changes to our process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We have ensured that our election process is secure and accessible.”


A spokesperson for the board of elections added that the members were briefed by lawyers on the changes and given “thorough legal memos” before each meeting.

Along with allowing for mail-in ballots that arrive days after Nov. 3 to be counted, the settlement also gives voters the chance to fix a ballot mistake with a sworn affidavit and provides drop boxes for ballots if voters want to avoid mailing them.

Voters have long been able to track their ballots online.

During his Tuesday debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, Tillis said he encouraged everybody to vote by mail. He even challenged Cunningham, who said he planned to vote early in-person, to vote that way. Tillis has been slightly behind Cunningham is most polls.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican who is running against the state’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, also voiced his concerns over the changes and has asked the Trump administration to investigate state Democrats over the issue.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein called Republicans’ protestations “political theater at its most destructive. …The Republican Party needs to start respecting democracy, instead of undermining it,” he told the News & Observer.

More than 1 million North Carolinians have requested mail-in ballots for the November election as the country grapples with how to hold an election during the coronavirus pandemic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Tom Peck Is Matt Hancock being lined up to be the coronavirus fall guy?

Matt Hancock’s turn at the 5pm press conference hot lectern today, and the big news is the tiny CARE badge has been swapped back for the larger, rainbow-coloured NHS one. What a pity it has come to this. The very…

Party braces for damning ruling in EHRC antisemitism report

Senior Labour figures are braced for the equalities watchdog to rule that the party acted unlawfully in its treatment of Jewish members, as a shadow cabinet minister said the antisemitism crisis was the most shameful in Labour’s history. The Equalities…

Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

The Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, just days before Election Day, solidifying the conservative majority on the court as it is set to consider several high-profile cases in the coming months. She was…

Biden announces record-breaking August fundraising haul of $364.5 million

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said it raised $364.5 million in August along with the national party and affiliated fundraising committees, a record-breaking monthly fundraising haul. More than $205 million of the August haul came through online donations, the…