Afternoon News Update, 10/21/20
By Sophia Lyons
In campus news, December’s commencement ceremonies will be held online, as reported by The Appalachian. This announcement comes after students who were supposed to walk in May graduation ceremonies were told they could walk at the December commencement. Interim provost Heather Norris said the commencement team is working on details and welcomes suggestions after original plans fell through.
In statewide news, The Appalachian reports 17.12% of registered voters in North Carolina have already cast their ballots as of October 17, two days into the early voting period for the 2020 election. Over 1.2 million votes have been counted from votes cast in person and mail-in ballots received so far. North Carolina has 18 more voting locations across the state than it did in the 2016 election. Early voting ends Saturday October 31, and Election Day is Tuesday November 3.
In national news, the Transportation Security Association screened over one million travelers on Sunday, October 18 for the first time since March 16. This is the ninth time the TSA screened more than nine hundred thousand travelers in October. However, ridership is still down more than 60% from the 2.6 million travelers who flew on the same Sunday in October last year. Many airlines have significantly reduced service as demand remains reduced, but the upcoming holidays are usually a busy travel season.