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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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A poem for Michael Brown

For Brother Love

By littlemissmartypants


I watch you sleeping

As UNC KD broadcasts super readers

The thunder outside warns me

Begs me

Warns me

Don't be calm

The lights flash lighting

Like the flash of the gun

That left him on the ground

You groan

You not grown

You sweet little man

My baby brother love

Skin shining from the cocoa butter after your bath

The boy died.

Dead as
you alive

Still
You sleep
He
gone to his eternal rest

The flash as bad as a lightening strike

He was struck

But not once

again and again and again and again

Again you say to me as we get to the end of the

Book you love
That says I love you...

I wash your little black feet

And super reader says
"when something seems bad
Turn it around and find some good"

Brains

Something seems bad

Feet

Turn it around

On the streets and running

You chase the cat and squeal

And find something good

And say
I love you Mi woksee baby

And I say
I love you too brother love

And your precious little black hands

Hold up your sponge bob bookbag

Mi woksee baby

I don to stool ma wah

That
Sweet Baby speech

victim
of those missing front teeth

That smile

Going to school.

Oh God if you are there

Tomorrow when his hand leaves mine

I will stand outside and scream.

Tonight

While a dead young man lies cold

His brain removed by gunfire

The thunder rolls

And

I

weep.


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RIP Michael Brown
May 20, 1996 – August 9, 2014

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Cross posted from the Writing Group
https://www.democraticunderground.com/12021367
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:05 AM (1 replies)

Pat Timmons-Goodson running for Congress in North Carolina

Pat Timmons-Goodson running for Congress in North Carolina

https://www.timmonsgoodsonforcongress.com/

Hat tip to qwlauren35. Cross post from https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213879133





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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:10 AM (0 replies)

Absentee Voting in North Carolina

Absentee Voting in North Carolina

Any North Carolina registered voter qualified to vote in an election may request and receive a mail-in absentee ballot for any election in which absentee voting is allowed. All registered voters may request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election.

No special circumstance or reason is needed to receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot.

Most voters who want to vote by mail must request a ballot for each election.

Military or overseas voters have special rights under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). See www.fvap.gov and the Military and Overseas Voters page for more information on military and overseas citizens absentee voting.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Who may Request an Absentee Ballot?
To receive a mail-in absentee ballot for an election, a voter or the voter’s near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) or legal guardian, or any member of a multipartisan assistance team (MAT) authorized to assist voters, must first use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request the ballot.

Assistance Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Voters who are blind or disabled, or who cannot read or write may receive assistance in completing the request form. Effective July 1 for the 2020 general election, any member of a multipartisan assistance team, or MAT team, may assist any voter in completing a State Absentee Ballot Request Form.
MAT team members may also deliver a completed request form to the county board of elections and serve as a witness for the casting of an absentee ballot.

If the assistance is provided by someone other than a near relative or legal guardian, that person’s name and address must be listed on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form.

Returning the Absentee Ballot Request Form

For the November 2020 general election, completed State Absentee Ballot Request Forms may be emailed, faxed or hand-delivered to the voter's county board of elections by one of the following:

the voter;
the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian; or
a member of a multipartisan assistance team (MAT).
Forms delivered by any other person will not be processed.

Completed absentee ballot request forms may also be delivered by mail by the U.S. Postal Service or designated delivery service authorized pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 7502(f).

A signed and completed State Absentee Ballot
Request Form must be received by the county board of elections office no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the date of the election for which the ballot is being requested.

Requests received after the absentee request deadline will not be considered on time, regardless of any postmark date.

Request forms delivered by the deadline to the State Board will be considered timely.

In the interest of ensuring that county boards of elections are able to promptly process voters’ absentee requests, we strongly recommend that forms be submitted to the voter's county board of elections.

2020 Deadlines for Requesting an Absentee Ballot

November General Election: By 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Invalid Absentee Ballot Requests

A request for absentee ballots is not valid if any of the following apply:

The completed written request is not on the State Absentee Ballot Request Form.

The completed written request is completed, partially or in whole, or signed by anyone other than the voter, the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian, or a MAT member.

The written request does not contain all of the required information.

The completed written request is returned to the county board by someone who is not authorized to return the request.

Copying & Distributing Absentee Ballot Request Forms

Individuals may copy and distribute the official State Absentee Ballot Request Form, as long as it is blank.
Individuals and groups should include the absentee ballot request form instructions when distributing request forms.

No one may create their own absentee ballot request form.

Completing the State Absentee Ballot Request Form
Required Information

When completing the State Absentee Ballot Request Form the following information is required:

The name and address of the residence of the voter
The name and address of the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian if that individual is making the request
The address of the voter to which the application and absentee ballots are to be mailed if different from the residence address of the voter
One of the following types of identification numbers for the voter:
North Carolina driver’s license
North Carolina special identification card for nonoperators
last four digits of social security number
The voter's date of birth.
The signature of the voter or of the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian, if that individual is making the request
A clear indicator of the date the election generating the request is to be held

​​​​​​​If a voter who is seeking a ballot for a partisan primary is registered as unaffiliated, the political party in whose primary the voter wishes to participate must be identified. This information enables the board of elections to determine which type of ballot to send to the voter.
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Military & Overseas Voters

Registered North Carolina voters (including his or her eligible dependents) absent due to military service or currently overseas may also complete the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to receive special absentee voting protections.
Additional information for military and overseas voters is available on the State Board of Elections website or the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Witnesses
Note: For the November 2020 general election only, only one witness is required for an absentee ballot. For all other elections, in the presence of two witnesses (or one witness if the witness is a Notary Public), the voter should mark the ballot, or if the voter is unable to mark the ballot, shall cause it to be marked according to the voter’s instructions.

A witness should not observe so closely that they are able to see what votes the voter marked. What is required is that the witness sees the that the voter is voting the ballot.

Prohibited Witnesses/Assistants

The following individuals are prohibited from serving as a witness on an absentee ballot:
A person who is under 18
An individual who is a candidate for nomination or election to such office, unless the voter is the candidate’s near relative
Additionally, if the voter is a patient or resident of a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home, the following people are also prohibited from serving as a witness on the absentee ballot:
An owner, manager, director, employee of the hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home in which the voter is a patient or resident
An individual who holds any elective office under the United States, this State, or any political subdivision of this State
An individual who holds any office in a State, congressional district, county, or precinct political party or organization, or who is a campaign manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party; provided that a delegate to a convention shall not be considered a party office.

Certification of Witnesses and Assistants

After observing the voter marking the ballot, the voter's one witness for the November 2020 general election (two witnesses or a notary public for all other elections) must complete and sign the envelope in the space designated as Witnesses' Certification.
If a voter used the services of a Notary Public as a sole witness, the notary will sign the Notary-Witness Certification.
A notary is not permitted to charge a fee for witnessing an absentee ballot. G.S. § 10B-30.
Any person who assisted the voter must sign and date the certificate in the proper place on the envelope.
Any individual assisting a voter in marking or mailing the ballot must meet the same requirements as a person witnessing the ballot.

After Marking the Absentee Ballot

Once the ballot is marked, the voter or a person assisting the voter must:
1) seal the ballot in the container-return envelope and
2) complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the ballot container-return envelope.

Returning the Voted Ballot

For civilian absentee voters, once the Absentee Application and Certificate is completed with all relevant signatures, the voted ballot (placed inside the container-return envelope) must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee ballots received after 5 p.m. on Election Day will be timely only if they are received by mail no later than 5 p.m. on the third day following the date of the election, and postmarked on or before Election Day.

The envelope may be mailed or delivered in person to the county board of elections office or an open early voting site during the early voting period.

Only the voter or the voter’s near relative may possess the absentee ballot to return it to the board of elections.

https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Aug 5, 2020, 05:13 PM (9 replies)

Gov. Cooper extends 'Safer at home' Phase 2 of reopening N.C. until Sept. 11

Gov. Cooper extends ‘Safer at home’ Phase 2 of reopening N.C. until Sept. 11
Gov. Cooper: North Carolina will stay in Phase 2 for at least five more weeks

https://www.wbtv.com/2020/08/05/gov-cooper-extends-phase-reopening-nc-until-sept/week's

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina will stay in Phase 2 of reopening for at least five more weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.

The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed. This marks the second time North Carolina’s Phase 2 was extended. The “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of reopening was set to expire this Friday, August 7. It will now last until 5 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Snip...

On July 31, the governor enacted a statewide curfew, forcing restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries to stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 p.m. as bars remain closed.

The curfew will remain in effect through 11 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Snip...

More at the link.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Aug 5, 2020, 04:44 PM (0 replies)

Isaias makes landfall and the power goes out...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/08/03/isaias-path-carolinas-northeast/

Hurricane Isaias charges into the Carolinas, poised to sweep up East Coast
Storm to batter Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with heavy rain, coastal flooding and strong winds.

The storm lashed the shores between Charleston, S.C., and Morehead City, N.C., where has caused widespread power outages, coastal inundation of three to five feet in some areas, and heavy rains that could reach up to eight inches.

As the storm made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach around 11:10 p.m., observed wind gusts topped 90 mph in coastal North Carolina southeast of Wilmington. A weather station at Oak Island, North Carolina, reported sustained winds of 76 mph, and a gust to 87 mph. The storm, which had been a tropical storm throughout its near miss with Florida, regained hurricane status, its maximum sustained winds increasing to 85 mph. In Myrtle Beach, a historically large storm surge flooded roads and businesses, and several tornadoes were reported, some causing damage.

Snip.

🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀
We've reached the point in the storm where things are falling on the roof and slamming into the house. With the power being out now everything sounds much, much louder. What I am finding amazing is how quiet the dogs are. It's errie. I am hearing people drive down the road and that's baffling. The wind gusts are getting scary. Thankfully, they are infrequent.

How's everyone else doing? I hope everyone is staying safe.

Please check in.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 11:45 PM (13 replies)

Voter Registration

https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote

The State Board of Elections and N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles now offer certain online voter registration services for existing DMV customers


If you are a DMV customer with a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online.

Using this service existing DMV customers may register to vote, update their voter registration address, or update their party affiliation. They may not change their name.

This is a standalone service that does not require the user to complete a DMV transaction (such as duplicate or license renewal) at the same time.

There is no fee for voter registration services.

Voter registration applications submitted fewer than 25 days before an election will not be processed until after the election. You may still register to vote in person using same-day registration in your county during the early voting period.

Registering to Vote in North Carolina
To register to vote in North Carolina, a person must meet the qualifications to vote and complete a voter registration application.

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles customers may also register to vote and update their registrations (except name change) here. For more information and a link to the service, see “Online Voter Registration” section.

More info at the link.

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ETA: Statewide voter registration statistics

Democratic: 2,536,382
Republican: 2,106,546
Green: 2,551
Constitution: 3,671
Libertarian: 41,227
Unaffiliated: 2,346,296
White: 4,650,899
Black: 1,497,174
American Indian: 54,359
Other: 834,241
Hispanic: 219,549
Male: 3,054,001
Female: 3,608,871
Total: 7,036,673
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jul 29, 2020, 06:25 AM (1 replies)

State Board of Elections (telephonic) Public Meeting Friday, July 24th

https://www.ncsbe.gov/

The State Board of Elections will hold a telephonic meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020. Members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing (562) 247-8321 and entering the access code 640-039-810. Public meeting materials will be posted on a rolling basis to the meeting portal.

PDF meeting portal, downloads here: https://dl.ncsbe.gov/index.html?prefix=State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2020-07-24/

TENTATIVE AGENDA
Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest
G.S. § 138A-15(e)
Approval of prior meeting minutes
G.S. § 143-318.10(e)
Appointment to fill vacancies on county boards of elections*
G.S. § 163-30(d)
Moore County
*Other vacancies may be considered
Canvass of June 23 second primary
G.S. § 163-182.5(c)
Request by Moore County Board of Elections regarding use of Town of Aberdeen Recreation Center as a one-stop site
G.S. 163-227.6(b)

Rulemaking

To be added to the list of interested parties for rule-making conducted by the State Board of Elections, e-mail rules@ncsbe.gov or mail to P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.

Calendar

October 9th, Regular Voter Registration Deadline -- 2020 General Election

October 15th through October 31st, One-Stop Early Voting Period -- November 3 General Election

October 27th, Last day to request an absentee ballot by-mail - November 3 general election

November 3rd, Election Day -- General Election

November 13th, [11 a.m.] County Canvass - Statewide General Election, November Elections
Canvass by county boards of elections of election results in the statewide general election

November 24th, [11 a.m.] State Board meeting/State Canvass, Elections, November Elections
The State Board will meet at 11 a.m. to conduct the state canvass from the 2020 general election

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Jul 23, 2020, 10:28 PM (0 replies)

Sen. David Perdue reinforces the notion that old white republican men

don't have the extended sell by dates they'll need to maintain the American patriarchal status quo. He's so rude to the Newshour's Judy Woodruff in this video, I just wanted to slap him.

Here's the link if you can stomach it. I have to say that it just makes me want to find a huge sledgehammer and get to work smashing the patriarchy, starting with his head.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/sen-perdue-on-liability-protection-unemployment-and-virus-testing

Read the Full Transcript at the link.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:10 AM (0 replies)

NC will continue to stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2

Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will continue to stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 when the current Executive Order expires today (July 17th.) The order will be extended for three weeks until Aug. 7.

Read more: https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/staying-ahead-curve


Good luck everyone.
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Jul 19, 2020, 03:07 AM (2 replies)

The Psychopath & The Sociopath: A Masterclass (duration: 2:23:39)



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The Sociopath Next Door, audiobook
(duration: 7:25:01)



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How to identify a Sociopath in your life, (duration: 16:35




Enjoy.
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Jul 16, 2020, 08:15 AM (0 replies)
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