US DOJ WILL MONITOR WAKE AND MECKLENBURG VOTING SITES FOR HARASSMENT: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to send staffers to Mecklenburg and Wake counties on Election Day to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws, including those that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion. The two N.C. counties are among 44 in 18 states that will be monitored Tuesday, the department announced Monday. “Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment,” said Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in a statement Monday. “The work of the Civil Rights Division around each federal general election is a continuation of its historical mission to ensure that all of our citizens can freely exercise this most fundamental American right.”
DR. JILL BIDEN IN CARY TODAY TO MOTIVATE DEMOCRATS: According to a press release, Biden will travel to a voting site in Cary to thank poll workers and encourage North Carolinians to vote for her husband and Sen. Kamala Harris. The exact polling place and time was not announced. State Senator Wiley Nickel will join Biden during her visit. Joe Biden will travel to Scranton and Philadelphia on Tuesday before heading to Wilmington, Delaware, where he will address the nation. Biden held more campaign stops in Pennsylvania than any other state. President Donald Trump will remain fairly still on Tuesday, visiting his headquarters in Virginia before monitoring the election results from the White House. The president ended his campaign around midnight in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attracting thousands of fans.
MOST VOTES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CAST IN NORTH CAROLINA: Early voting coupled with mail-in voting set a record of 4.57 million ballots locked in, with numbers already approaching the roughly 4.7 million ballots cast in the entire 2016 election. “Considering the volume we have experienced, that could very well represent 80% or more of the ballots that will be cast in this election if we continue with our expected turnout for tomorrow,” Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the N.C. State Board of Elections, said during a news conference on Monday. Election officials predicted the total turnout could soar past 5 million by the time the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The state elections board will begin reporting unofficial results shortly after 7:30 p.m., and it expects at least 97% of all ballots will be reported Tuesday night. Due to the logistics of collecting the ballots and delivering them to county election offices in rural areas, “we may be late into the night, but we will be as expeditious as we possibly can in those returns,” Brinson Bell said. With 15 electoral votes at stake, the Tar Heel State is a key prize in the presidential race between Republican President Donald Trump and the Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. And efforts by Democrat Cal Cunningham to unseat U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., is critical for the Democrats’ hopes to take take majority control of the U.S. Senate.
BIRX JOINS FAUCI IN PUSHING BACK AGAINST TRUMP'S RECKLESS CORONAVIRUS APPROACH: Birx’s internal report, shared with top White House and agency officials, contradicts Trump on numerous points: While the president holds large campaign events with hundreds of attendees, most without masks, she explicitly warns against them. While the president blames rising cases on more testing, she says testing is “flat or declining” in many areas where cases are rising. And while Trump says the country is “rounding the turn,” Birx notes the country is entering its most dangerous period yet and will see more than 100,000 new cases a day this week. Through a spokesperson, Birx did not respond to a request for comment. Other health experts, including Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have warned of record surges in cases and hospitalizations as the United States records more than 9 million cases and 230,000 deaths. “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt,” Fauci told The Washington Post late Friday, predicting a long and potentially deadly winter unless there’s an “abrupt change” — prompting Trump to suggest he planned to fire the scientist after the election. But Birx’s daily missives go further, revealing how much the administration’s internal reports are in direct conflict with Trump’s public pronouncements that downplay the seriousness of the threat and erroneously suggest few people are dying. They also speak to the increasing desperation of health officials to spotlight the risks of a pandemic that is forecast to take thousands more lives as the weather worsens unless people change their behaviors.
TWITTER SPANKS TRUMP AFTER HE ATTACKED SUPREME COURT OVER ALLOWING LATE (BUT VALID) MAIL-IN BALLOTS: Mr. Trump sounded tired, after spending all day Monday flying from rally to rally. He spent much of his last day on the campaign trail attacking the Supreme Court, accusing it of putting “our country in danger” by ruling to allow Pennsylvania to continue accepting absentee ballots after Election Day, at least for the time being. In Kenosha, Wis., the fourth of five rallies across four states, Mr. Trump told a crowd, without basis, that the justices had made a “political” decision that would lead to cheating by his opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. His comments followed an angry tweet in which he charged — without providing any evidence — that the court’s decision would “allow rampant and unchecked cheating” and “induce violence in the streets.” Twitter quickly flagged the president’s assertions as potentially false, saying that “some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading.” The president’s remarks in Wisconsin echoed his comments earlier, in Avoca, Pa., where he had suggested cryptically that the Supreme Court decision could be “physically dangerous” without explaining what he meant. Mr. Trump has for months falsely claimed that mail-in ballots are subject to rampant fraud despite overwhelming evidence that it is not true. In the last days of the campaign, Mr. Trump has focused intensely on Pennsylvania, where Republicans had legally challenged the state’s plan to accept absentee ballots for up to three days after Election Day. On Friday, the Supreme Court denied a plea from Republicans in the state asking the court to fast-track a decision on whether election officials could continue receiving absentee ballots for three days after Nov. 3. The justices said the court could revisit the decision after the election.