A young boy in a foam helmet kicks his peer in the chest, causing him to bounce off the padded wall behind him. "Now bow," calls their teacher. And they do, respectfully, in mini dobok uniforms. Fifth-degree black belt Martinely Hernandez wore his "I Voted" sticker to teach tae kwon do tonight in his east Durham studio. As a physical education teacher, he voted for candidates who support an increase in teacher salaries and school resources. As a Latino, he voted to support the rise of his community's vote. As a mentor, he wore the sticker "to show the young ones. It's not so much for me, but for them." (Reporting by Victoria Bouloubasis)
"This proactive election is exhilarating!" Cora Tucker is a poll volunteer tonight in east Durham. She spends her days as an Uber driver. But when early voting started, she turned off her app and started driving through neighborhoods to offer free rides to dozens of people. Today, she drove six before starting her volunteer shift. "In my work I meet a lot of people and educate them on the importance of voting. And when I get to someone who says their vote doesn't matter, I pounce on them! I educate them on the journey of African Americans and women who had to fight for the right to vote. People haven't really been educated in their home or circle and it's very imperative." (Reporting by Victoria Bouloubasis.)
45/57 surveys from #DurhamNC precincts concerning issues. Only 6 where chief judge indicated voting had stopped for more than 15 min— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) November 8, 2016
There are the precincts in question from NCSBE:— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) November 8, 2016
Bethesda Ruritan, Creekside, McMannen UMC, Neal Middle, Forest Hills #9, Greater Emmanuel
Board members not sold on a blanket extension for those 8 locations since not all precincts had 90 min delays. #INDYelection— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) November 8, 2016
Nonwhites: In preliminary exit poll results this year, 30 percent of voters are nonwhites, with 21 percent blacks, both close to their levels in 2012, 30 and 23 percent, respectively. These estimates can change as data on late-day voters comes in, so check back.And that’s why the Trump campaign has “jitters” about North Carolina.
Non-college whites: One of Trump’s strongest groups, non-college whites accounted for 37 percent of voters in 2012, more than the share of minorities. Tonight, in North Carolina, preliminary exit poll results suggest they may fall short of their 2012 numbers; the current estimate is 32 percent, vs. 38 percent college-educated whites. In both 2012 and 2008, non-college whites outnumbered college-educated whites; this could flip this year.
Party ID: Early results show Democrats outnumbering Republicans by 8 points, 38 to 30 percent, compared to a 6-point advantage for Democrats in 2012. If this ratio holds, it would be the lowest turnout among Republicans in exit poll data back to 1984.
HB2: Sixty-six percent of North Carolina voters say they oppose the so-called “bathroom law,” while just 29 percent support it.
Line at Pullen Community Center in Raleigh. Just took a younger voter 30 minutes to vote, line is growing a bit now. pic.twitter.com/4lOhyAdFGR— Indy Week (@indyweek) November 8, 2016
Wow. Robby Mook just said he doesn't know if North Carolina will be called tonight.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 8, 2016
Daniel José Camacho, 25, is in his third year at Duke Divinity School. He had the option of renouncing his permanent residence in his home state of New York in order to register to vote in swing state North Carolina. Instead, he voted absentee ballot in New York for Green Party candidate Jill Stein for president and for a few Democrats in his hometown of Uniondale. "As a progressive voting in a solidly blue state, my vote is a pragmatic decision to help build alternatives and change the conversation." Daniel's family is from Colombia, where he recently visited communities he says are terribly affected by trade policies supported by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He cites the protests at Standing Rock and the Black Lives Matter movement as afterthoughts for politicians, and the pandering to Latinos by presidential candidates. "I'm saddened by the way the Latinx vote is treated. As a community, we're commodified and seen as consumers. We have to organize ourselves so we're not treated like a pawn." He adds: "I'm OK with people who voted for Hillary to stop Trump. It makes sense. But the victory is not seeing Trump be defeated. You then cease to question and hold anyone accountable." (Reporting by Victoria Bouloubasis)
Cooper looks like he came straight from central casting to play the part of governor, the kind of guy who seems like he was born in a sport coat and whose hair is always perfect; now he’s trying to claim the role. He was at Durham’s Southern High School late Tuesday morning, looking perfectly pressed even though he’d been out late at Hillary Clinton’s midnight rally in Raleigh and up early to campaign. “I feel great,” he told me. “I think it’s very positive for our state. I think people are ready for change here in North Carolina and ready to tell the rest of the country who we really are.”4:45 p.m.:
Telling the rest of the country who we really are has been Democrats’ code word for House Bill 2, the controversial “bathroom bill” passed this spring that requires that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. It also bans LGBT non-discrimination ordinances and prohibits living wages. Cooper’s advertisements have focused heavily on education, but much of the media coverage of the race has focused on HB2. He blamed McCrory for that.
Katherine Guerrero is a Duke Divinity School master’s student originally from Peru who, at 27, voted for the first time this year. She voted early on campus, but on her walk to the polling station, had to pause under a tree to sit, cry, and pray for almost two hours. “The privilege for me to vote as an immigrant who has crossed the border, compared to how many other fourteen-year-old girls I knew who disappeared crossing the same border? Or even those who make it and live here their whole lives, but are not citizens. A lot of that was heavy on me when I went to vote, thinking what it means to carry my community on my back. They belong here. What does it mean to use this privilege to think about them when voting? It’s not just about the moment—it’s about everything before that.” Katherine waited five years for her political asylum to process, and became a citizen just last summer. She voted for Hillary Clinton—a choice she said was difficult. “There was a fight inside of me. Of course I don’t want to vote for a candidate who’s a fascist. But at the same time, can I vote for someone whose policies are hurting my home country and my family? Thinking about the mass deportations under the Obama administration, the system of detention has grown so that entire families can be detained now. How can I do that? A week before I voted, I thought ‘I can’t vote and compromise these two things.’ But being in a swing state complicated it. I didn’t feel right voting for a third party candidate. It was a painful, personal process. I’m gonna vote for this person, but also hold her accountable. I do not believe she is our savior. What brings me hope is the strength in numbers I see, especially in this election and the Latino vote growing, and how we can use that to hold whoever is elected accountable to our survival and our thriving here.” (Reporting by Victoria Bouloubasis)
And 5% of people who show up and try to vote but can't because of either their mistake or government's is enough to swing the election.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
“Throughout the morning, we have seen occasional reports regarding what appears to be a small number of missing registrations. These registrations are from voters who registered through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.3:28 p.m.:
“We want to be 100 percent clear: If you are a North Carolina voter and your registration is one of the few that is missing, you have the right to use a provisional ballot and absolutely may not be turned away. Any North Carolina voter who is turned away or refused a provisional ballot should contact authorities immediately.
“If you have any questions, please contact North Carolina Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline at (919) 432-4419.” – The North Carolina Democratic Party
CELEB WATCH: Miss U.S.A. 1969 Wendy Dascomb, a Chapel Hill resident, had this to tell the INDY on why she voted for Hillary, but refuses to take aim at those on the other side of the aisle. "We Americans will change the world today. What a gift it is to witness the process. Where I, personally, have had to watch and practice, is my deepest belief that the highest form of bigotry is bigotry towards bigots: racists, xenophobes, misogynists. If I were to allow feelings of disbelief and disdain for those who have a different world view, I am no better than they. In fact, I would be worse. If I were to acquiesce or allow myself to believe that those who think differently from myself are somehow less good, inhuman, unintelligent, I'd be practicing bigotry myself. It is an arduous path, one where I often find myself lost. My heart and mind usually carry me through the turmoil. I am a Democrat, thanks to my upbringing and education. I wish all were as fortunate as I." #withher #INDYelection #missusa