US election: The place issues stand in North Carolina | US & Canada
The battlefield state is vital to President Donald Trump’s path to the White House, but Joe Biden is on his tail.
What are the results currently showing in North Carolina?
According to the unofficial results of the State Board of Elections, President Donald Trump leads Joe Biden with 49.98 percent to 48.57 percent or with around 76,701 votes.
Despite Trump declaring victory in the state early Wednesday, the race is still too close with more than 100,000 postal ballot papers outstanding.
Which votes still have to be counted? What could these voices mean?
There are approximately 117,000 postal ballot papers that have not been returned. If postmarked by Election Day, they can still be counted if they arrive at 5:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. GMT) on November 12th. Please note that this is the total number of postal ballot papers requested but not yet returned.
It is unclear how many of these ballot papers were filled out and sent in. Voters also had the option to vote in person, even if they had requested a postal vote.
Volunteers match the number of ballots and tables after a day of voting at the Owens Agricultural Center before submitting the voting information to the Robeson County Electoral Bureau in Lumberton, North Carolina [Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images/AFP]”A greater volume of e-mail absenteeism is the only hope Biden has in North Carolina,” Chris Cooper, professor of political science at Western Carolina University, told Al Jazeera.
Steven Greene, professor of political science at North Carolina State University, added, “There are a decent number of ballots to count, and there may be enough to put some very close national races in the Democratic column, however it seems pretty unlikely that they could postpone election results in the presidential or senate race. “
For a possible recount, a North Carolina presidential or Senate candidate may request a recount if he / she has lost 10,000 votes or a half percentage point, whichever is less.
How was the turnout in North Carolina?
North Carolina saw record turnouts that year. On Wednesday morning, 74.5 percent of North Carolina registered voters cast a vote. The turnout in 2016 was 68.98 percent.
“The North Carolina voter turnout of nearly 75 percent is fantastic,” said Whitney Ross Manzo, professor of political science at Meredith College.
“I am so glad to see that North Carolinians are exercising their rights and that any fears of voter suppression seem unfounded,” she told Al Jazeera.
“Whichever side you think should win, that is a win for democracy.”