Afternoon News Update, 10/29/20
By Stephen Leverton
In campus news, The Appalachian reports that Governor Roy Cooper shared a video message encouraging App State students to go out and vote. Cooper praises App State for leading the charge in student voter turnout. Roughly 4,500 voters from the ages 18-24 have voted in Watauga County. The most popular polling place for younger voters has been the App State Student Union polling site, according to Vote Tracker. Roughly 3,000 voters from 18-24 have casted their ballots at Plemmons Student Union. Early voting ends October 31st, with Election Day falling on November 3rd.
In community news, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore visited Boone on October 27th for an event for state house candidate Ray Pickett. According to The Appalachian, Moore campaigned with Pickett at the Watauga County Administration Building, as well as speaking at a Watauga Republican Party meeting. Pickett is up against Democratic Incumbent Ray Russell, who was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives back in 2018.
In national news, The Washington Post reports that US Early Voting numbers have hit 51% of 2016 voting numbers. Roughly 33.9 million people have voted in battleground states, including states such as North Carolina and Texas. While Democrats are out-voting Republicans in Early Voting, Republicans have been planning on voting during Election Day. North Carolina is fourth in terms of highest voter turnout.